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South Carolina

Electrical Contractor Licensing & Exam Prep

South Carolina requires a Mechanical Contractor license with Electrical sub-classification before any bidding or electrical work can take place. All applicants must pass the Business Management & Law exam in addition to one of the Electrician exams offered in South Carolina.

Applicants can elect to sit for either the South Carolina Electrical Contractor Exam or the NASCLA Accredited Exam, both offered by PSI. The board divides Electrical Contractor licenses into 5 groups. Each group denotes the financial limits and requirements of the licensee.

  • $289
    Electrical Contractor
    Exam Prep
  • $813 $739
    Prep, Books, Tabs
Individual studying for the South Carolina Electrical Contractor Exam online with RocketCert
Scope of work

What type of work can be done with this license?

Licensed Electrical Contractor in South Carolina
  • Electrical Mechanical Contractor

    The Electrical sub-classification allows South Carolina Mechanical Contractors perform electrical work including, but not limited to, installations and repairs on systems up to 600 volts, indoor and outdoor lighting and required equipment, as well as window and through-the-wall air conditioning units under 3 tons/3 HP which require no piping. Each license Group has financial limits per bid and job, as follows:

    Group 1: $17,500

    Group 2: $50,000

    Group 3: $100,000

    Group 4: $200,000

    Group 5: UNLIMITED

Requirements & steps

What are the requirements to getting a license?

South Carolina Electrical Contractor RequirementsExams
  • Pass NASCLA or SC Electrical Contractor Exam
  • Pass NASCLA Business Management & Law Exam
South Carolina Electrical Contractor RequirementsFinancial

GAAP Financial Statements Showing Net Worth of:

Self Prepared Balance Sheet

  • Group 1: $3,500 or $7,000 Surety Bond
  • Group 2: $10,000 or $20,000 Surety Bond

CPA/PA Compiled or Prepared GAAP Financial Statement

  • Group 3: $20,000 or $40,000 Surety Bond
  • Group 4: $40,000 or $80,000 Surety Bond

CPA/PA Audited

  • Group 5: $200,000 or $400,000 Surety Bond
South Carolina Electrical Contractor RequirementsExperience
  • Submit 2 years of full-time, hands-on field work within the past 5 years. Only commercial work is accepted.

How do I obtain a license?

To apply for your license, contact the South Carolina CLB at 803-896-4686 or visit Contractor License Board.

The state does not require continuing education prior to each renewal. Also, South Carolina has reciprocity agreements with some states. A complete list of their reciprocity agreements can be found here.

With RocketCert, our education is written by a combination of professional educators and industry professionals. Our 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%.

RocketCert customer studying to pass their State exam through the RocketCert website or on the mobile app.

Preparing to pass the State exam is a critical part of the licensing process. Failing the exam can result in substantial delays before you are able to work under your license. We offer industry leading exam prep and all of the required books, at an unbeatable price.


A passing score on the exam is required prior to submitting an application. Contact PSI to schedule the examination. Testing centers are setup throughout the State in larger cities.


After completing all the steps above, it will be time to apply through CLB to obtain your South Carolina Electrical Mechanical Contractor license.


Which exam do I need to take?

All applicants must take the Business & Law Exam, but you may choose between two electrical exam options:

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. For a full list of accepting agencies Click Here.

  • 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

The Business & Law Exam must also be passed.

Electrical Contractor Exam details South Carolina Electrical Contractor Exam

  • Number of questions - 80
  • Passing Score - 56 correct
  • Time allowed - 5 Hours

Topics include: General Electrical Knowledge; Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits; Grounding and Bonding; Conductors and Cables; Raceways and Boxes; Special Occupancies and Equipment; Electrical Power; Motors; Low Voltage; Lighting; Illuminated Signs; Fire Detection and Alarm Systems; Safety Information

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 855-340-3701.

Business Management and Law for Commercial Contractor Exam details Business Management and Law for Commercial Contractors Exam

  • Total Questions: 50
  • Passing Score: 35 correct
  • Time: 125 minutes

Topics include: Business Management; Licensing Laws and Rules; Estimating and Bidding; Contracts and Agreements; Project Management; Insurance and Bonding; Safety Recordkeeping and Reporting; Labor Laws and Employment Regulations; Financial Management; Tax Laws; Liens

To schedule your exam, visit psiexams.com or call 855-340-3701.

Exam Prep, & Books

How do I pass the exam?

The South Carolina exams are open book. The references below are permitted to be tabbed, highlighted, and used during your test! Unfortunately, our online course is NOT permitted to be accessed during the State exam.

Online 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.

South Carolina Commercial Electrical Contractor Online Exam Prep

Includes the following courses:

  • South Carolina Commercial Electrical Contractor Online Exam Prep

Plus the following:

  • All the books to use during the exam
  • Permanent/Pre-Printed Tabs
  • Free Shipping!
  • Instructor Support
  • No Pass No Pay Policy
  • Lifetime Access from nearly any device


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South Carolina Electrical Contractor Bundle

Lifetime Online Access to:

  • South Carolina Electrical Contractor Online Exam Prep
  • All books and references you can use during the exam
  • Custom Permanent/Pre-Printed Tabs
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