You have the option of obtaining several different electrical North Carolina contractor licenses.The state issues these licenses for electrical contractors:
- limited, intermediate, unlimited
- low voltage and fire alarm
- air conditioning and heating
- single family detached residences
- electric sign
- swimming pool and groundwater pump.
The unlimited electrical North Carolina contractor license requires at least seven years of work experience. This license allows you to work in all areas of electrical work. To qualify for an unlimited license you must show bond ability of at least $75,000.
The intermediate license requires bond ability of at least $25,000. The limited license takes four years worth of experience. To qualify for any of the electrical contractor licenses it is necessary to take an examination and pass it with a score of at least 75%.
The examination is administered by Pearson VUE and can be taken at several locations throughout the state. The questions are based on the 2008 National Electrical Code. The exam consists of 100 questions and has six hours allotted for completion. Besides the 2008 NEC, questions are also drawn from North Carolina Electrical Contractors Licensing Law, North Carolina Electrical Contractors Edition, Business and Project Management for Contractors, and the National Fire Alarm Code.
The restricted electrical contractor licenses allow you to legally work in a specific area of the profession. With them, you are not allowed to work with all types of electricity as you would be able to with an unlimited license. These specialty electrical contractor licenses only require four hours of continuing education credits each year.
The examination costs $75. The fee for limited and special licenses is $60. The intermediate license is $100 and the unlimited license costs $150. The licenses must be renewed each year at the same cost. Renewal requires eight continuing education credits and half of those credits must be obtained by attending a class or seminar in person. North Carolina offers reciprocity with Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. This means license holders in those states can bypass the North Carolina examination but they must still pay applicable licensing fees to the state.
North Carolina currently only issues an electrical contractor license and there is no statewide journeyman license. Individual jurisdictions are authorized to license journeymen and electricians if they see fit according to the statewide adopted 2008 National Electrical Code.
The electrical North Carolina contractor license application and examination application can be downloaded from the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors website. This site also has many other forms you may need to maintain your license and practice your profession in the state of North Carolina.