How to Get an Electrical License in North Carolina

by Jonra Springs; Updated September 26, 2017
A North Carolina electrician is required to maintain a state contractor's license.

A North Carolina contractor is required to hold a license in order to solicit, advertise, contract or execute electrical work of any type within any of the state's 100 counties. There are 10 different classifications of licenses for a North Carolina electrician. Each electrician's license specifies the type of work, and the number of contracts and dollar value of work allowed. The state asks contractors to pass a test and submit a license application for each class of license.

Items you will need

  • Electrical candidate's handbook
  • Testing application fee
  • Licensing fee
Step 1

Work under a licensed North Carolina electrician to gain required experience with electrical wiring codes. One year of experience is defined as 2,000 hours of working time. Vocational training and approved training program hours are counted as 80% working time, so for every 10 hours spent in training, a candidate is credited eight hours of working time. Each specific license type requires a different number of working years of experience. Refer to the candidate's handbook for experience requirements for your desired North Carolina contractor license (see Resources).

Step 2

Fill out the application for examination inside the North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors Candidate Handbook. Ask your employer to verify work experience and sign the form. Ask two other personal references to fill out and sign the forms that attest to your good character. Bonding ability statements are also required for intermediate and unlimited licenses. Mail the forms and testing fee to the board. Wait for an approval reply from the board.

North Carolina State Board P. O. Box 18727 Raleigh, NC 27619

Step 3

Schedule your test with the state's contracted testing firm -- Pearson Vue by phone or website registration. The firm has six test sites in North Carolina and six other sites on the eastern seaboard. Visit the Pearson Vue North Carolina electrical contractor's testing web page (see Resources), or call 877-224-0255 to schedule your test at one of the locations.

Step 4

Bring two forms of identification with you to the test site. All approved reference materials and a calculator will be provided for your use during the electrician's licensing exam. No other reference items will be allowed in the testing area. You will be given your score as soon as your test is complete. A score of 75 percent or above is passing for a North Carolina contractor.

Step 5

Send an application for a license to the state board, along with the license fee for your type of license (see Resources). The board will review your license request and issue a license to all applicants who passed the test.

About the Author

Jonra Springs began writing in 1989. He writes fiction for children and adults and draws on experiences in education, insurance, construction, aviation mechanics and entertainment to create content for various websites. Springs studied liberal arts and computer science at the College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.

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