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North Carolina Electrical Licensing, Education & Exam Prep

Considering getting your electrical license in North Carolina? Find everything you need including the requirements, steps, and exam prep to ensure you pass the licensing exam. North Carolina requires a Electrical License prior to the bidding or contracting any electrical work. Electrical contracting licenses are administered by the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (NCBEEC). The license is split into 3 levels: Limited, Intermediate, and Unlimited.

We offer online courses, books for the exam, and instructor support to help you obtain your electrical license. All of our training is offered in an online, self-paced format. Our North Carolina Electrical License exam prep is designed to help you pass your test the first time. We also backed it with our no pass, no pay policy. All of our courses are available from almost any device, any time. Confidently pass the exams and obtain your North Carolina Electrical License with RocketCert.

  • $289
    Exam Prep
  • $611 $559
    Prep, Books, Tabs
Individual taking the course and exam prep for North Carolina online with RocketCert
Scope of work

What type of work can be done with the North Carolina electrical license?

Licensed Electrical in North Carolina
  • Limited License

    A Limited Electrical Licensee in North Carolina may engage in a single electrical project valued up to $50,000 and on which the equipment is not rated more than 600 volts.

  • Intermediate License

    An Intermediate Electrical licensee may engage in a single electrical project valued up to $130,000.

  • Unlimited License

    An Unlimited Electrical Contractor in North Carolina shall be permitted to engage in any electrical contracting project regardless of value.

Requirements & steps

What are the North Carolina electrical license requirements?

North Carolina Plumber RequirementsLimited Electrician

  • Must have at least 3,000 hours of experience.
  • at least 2,000 hours shall be primary experience.
  • The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.

North Carolina Journeyman Electrical RequirementsIntermediate Electrician

  • Must have at least 5,750 hours of experience
  • At least 5,000 hours shall be primary experience.
  • The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.

North Carolina  Specialty RequirementsUnlimited Electrician

  • Must have at least 9,000 hours of experience
  • At least 8,000 hours shall be primary experience
  • The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.
  • Include written statements from at least two people who know about the applicant's electrical experience. These statements should show that the applicant is able to supervise and direct all electrical wiring or installation work done by an electrical contracting business in the unlimited classification

How do I obtain an electrical license in North Carolina?

To apply, for an electrical license exam in North Carolina, contact the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors at 919-733-9042 or visit ncbeec.org. North Carolina requires licensees to complete 8 hours of Continuing Education to renew.

North Carolina Electrical License Reciprocity: NC electrical licenses have reciprocity with several other states. These states include Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Mississippi, Virginia, Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia. If you hold a license in one of these states, you may be able to have the trade exam waived.

NASCLA Electrical Exam: Many state licensing agencies, including North Carolina, accept the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Exams. This gives you the option to just take one electrical exam instead of having to take each state's electrical exam. After passing the NASCLA exam, you will only need to take the state's business and law exam and submit your application.

All of our courses are written by a combination of professional educators and industry experts. Our North Carolina Electrical License exam prep is guaranteed to help you pass the exam, and is backed with our no pass, no pay policy. We pride ourselves on providing industry leading customer service. Also, if you find a better original price on any online course that we offer, we will beat it by 10%.

Submit Application

In order to sit for the exam, you must submit the application for licensure to the state. It must include verified education and work experience as required by the state. Once the application is approved, the you will receive instructions on how to schedule the exam. The North Carolina Electrical License exam must be taken within 30 days of receiving the notification letter.


After studying with RocketCert, you will be on your way to passing the required State exam(s) (see below). Pre-approval is required. Testing centers are setup throughout the State in larger cities.


The last step is to apply for your electrical license through the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. Have questions or concerns with this process (or just a lack of time)? Our licensing specialists can help you with the process.


Which electrical license exam do I need to take in North Carolina?

Take the state-specific exam OR the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Exam.

The NASCLA Electrical Exam is currently accepted by 15 state licensing boards as a substitute for the state's trade exam. A full list of accepting agencies can be found on our NASCLA Electrical Exam page.

Exams are administered by PSI. You can contact them by calling 855-746-8173 or visiting psiexams.com.

Exam details NASCLA Electrical Exam

  • Total Questions: 100
  • Passing Score: 75 Correct
  • Time: 270 minutes

Topics include:

Project Design & Management; Safety; Electrical Theory & Principles; General Code Requirements; Wiring & Protection; Wiring Methods & Materials; Equipment for General Use; Special Occupations, Special Equipment & Special Conditions; Communication Systems

Exam details Limited/Intermediate/Unlimited Electrical Exam

  • Total Questions: 100
  • Time: 6 Hours

Topics Include:

Bonding and Grounding; Overcurrent Protection; Wiring Methods and Terminations; Boxes and Fittings; Service Entrance and Equipment; Motors and Control Wiring; Special Occupancies and Hazardous Locations; Load Calculations; Appliances, Equipment, and Lighting; General; Laws, Rules, Basic Business Practices, and Practical Applications

Upon application approval, the applicant will receive instructions for scheduling the examination.

Pre-Licensing, Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the North Carolina Electrical License exam?

The North Carolina Electrical exam is open book. These references are permitted to be tabbed and highlighted! Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

Online North Carolina Exam Prep Includes:

  • Calculation Lessons - Here, we teach you math concepts and how to solve calculations on test day. Calculation topics include Ohm’s Law, voltage drop, transformers, motors, box fill, and allowable fill for raceway sizing.
  • Highlighting Guides - Introduce the critical information in your book(s). This will familiarize you with each book’s content and its layout.
  • Quizzes - These practice quizzes are based on each individual book/reference. They reinforce key concepts.
  • Test Simulation / Practice Exam - Comprehensive exams randomly generated from our database of questions. Test simulations are restricted by time, and hints are disabled. Test simulations are as close to the real exam as you can get.
  • Guide to Tabbing - This section includes tabbing books and other test taking strategies to keep calm and focused during the exam.

North Carolina Electrical Online Exam Prep

Included in the bundle

Lifetime Online Access to:

  • NC Electrical Online Exam Prep

Our Online Exam Prep features:

Ideal for students who already own all references



North Carolina Electrical Bundle

Includes the following courses:

  • NC Electrical Online Exam Prep

Plus the following:

  • Code Books Used During Exam
  • Permanent/Pre-Printed Tabs
  • Free Shipping!
  • Instructor Support
  • No Pass No Pay Policy
  • Lifetime Access from nearly any device

$611 $559

NEC 2020, NFPA 70: National Electrical Code

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NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, 2013

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The following are NOT permitted to be used during the state exam.

North Carolina NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Electrical 13th Edition

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Print for Your Exam:
General Statutes Chapter 87, Article 4 Law
Electrical Contractors Licensing Law
Free / Online
Title 21, North Carolina Administrative Code, Chapter 18B
Board’s Rules for the Implementation of the Electrical Contractors Licensing Law
Free / Online

Pre-printed or blank tabs are also available.

2 Book Tab Bundle

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Permanent Blank Tabs - 375 Pack

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