Electrical Contractor State Requirements

How To Become A South Carolina Electrical Contractor

The electrical South Carolina contractor license is issued by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Qualifying for the license requires experience and training and passing an examination.

In addition, South Carolina requires several supporting documents that attest to your abilities that must be submitted along with your application.

The electrical South Carolina contractor license has the designation of mechanical contractor – electrical (EL).

To apply for this license you must choose yourself or one of your employees as the qualifying party in a full time management position. This person must have documented proof of two years of pertinent work experience within the five year period before the license application. In addition, you must submit a financial statement, letter of good standing from a qualifying state, experience affidavit, and exam score sheets.

In addition to a technical exam taken at a third party location, you must also complete an at-home test on South Carolina Code of Laws. The technical exam consists of two tests and is administered by PSI at various locations throughout South Carolina.

One test is on law and business management and it consists of 50 questions. You are allotted two hours to complete it. The other portion of the test deals with the 2008 National Electrical Code and other aspects of the trade. This test has 80 questions and you are given four hours to finish it.

Topics covered on the technical portion of the exam include raceways and boxes, conductors and cables, grounding and bonding, branch circuits, electrical power, motors, lighting, low voltage, special equipment, general electrical knowledge, lighting, fire detection, illuminated signs, alarm systems, and safety information. Reference books include American Electricians Handbook, Code of Federal Regulations, Key Word Index, National Electrical Code, and National Fire Alarm Code.

The business and law test covers topics such as insurance and bonding, record keeping and safety reporting, labor laws, employment regulations, financial management, tax laws, liens, estimating and bidding, project management, business management, contracts and agreements, and environmental laws and regulations. The reference book for this test is South Carolina Contractor’s Guide to Business, Law, and Contract Management, fifth edition.

The total cost for the examination is $150. The electrical South Carolina contractor license is good for two years and costs $350. Reciprocity is in place with Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Reading, Pennsylvania.

The forms needed to apply for a South Carolina electrical contractor license can be downloaded from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation website. You can also use this site to change your contact details, renew your license, view the status of your application, and print a copy of your license once it is issued.