Alabama Electrical Contractor Exam Prep Courses & Reference Materials

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Alabama Electrical Contractor Exam Prep

We offer everything you need to prepare for the Alabama Electrical Contractor Exam!

To prepare for the exam, you will need books and tabs as well as our exam prep course. We also give the option to purchase pre-tabbed and highlighted books, saving you valuable hours of highlighting the information within the books yourself.

We can walk you through the licensing process from start to finish! Not sure what you need to do to get licensed? Book a Start-Up Consultation today!

Alabama requires all journeyman and electrical contractors to obtain a license through the Alabama Electrical Contractors Board, also known as the AECB.

In Alabama, an electrical contractor is defined as any person, firm, or corporation who is engaged in the business of soliciting and installing electrical power or control systems; maintaining, altering, or repairing electrical power or control systems; any electrical wiring devices, equipment, or any other electrical apparatus. An electrical contractor also possesses the necessary qualifications, training, or technical knowledge to plan, layout, and supervise the installation of electrical wiring, apparatus, or equipment for lighting, heating, power, or controls.

An electrical contractor will need to obtain either 4 years of practical experience as a journeyman electrician in charge of jobs or four years of experience in designing and constructing electrical systems in order to qualify for a license. 

What's on the Exam?

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Exam # of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
Electrical Contractor 110 83 (75%)  300 minutes
Journeyman Electrician  80 60 (75%) 240 minutes
Subject Area # of questions
Business Organization 1
Risk Management 2
Project Management 2
Estimating 4
Safety and Environmental 2
Labor Laws 3
Payroll and Employment Taxes  4
Financial Management 4
Contracts 3
Lien Laws 1
Licensing Laws 4
General Electrical Knowledge  10
Grounding and Bonding 9
Conductors and Cables 10
Raceways and Boxes 8
Special Occupancies and Equipment  4
Electrical Power 3
Motors 6
Low Voltage 2
Lighting 3
Illuminated Signs 2
Fire Detection and Alarm Systems 2
Safety Information 5
Overcurrent Protection 6
Service, Feeders, and Branch Circuits  10

You can also refer to the Prov Candidate Information Bulletin here for more information on testing policies.

Exam Preparation

What you'll need to prepare for the exam

Exam Prep Course

Our Alabama Electrical Contractor exam prep course is an online, pre-recorded course that you can complete at your own time and pace. Course access is delivered digitally immediately and is shared for 180 days after purchase. If you need a content access extension, our support team can renew your access in the online system for a $150 charge.

Our online exam prep course includes videos discussing best practices for taking your exam, an explanation of electrical theories and topics, book highlighting instructions, practice test questions and answers, and a simulation practice exam with randomized questions similar to the real exam at PSI.

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Book Bundle

The Alabama Electrical Contractor Exam is an open-book exam. You may bring the approved references into the exam with you. In a hurry to take your exam? We also offer exam-ready pre-tabbed and highlighted books, available here, to save you the time of tabbing and highlighting the book yourself.

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Tabs

Our exam prep tabs help mark the commonly referenced sections of the books used in the exam. Don't waste time flipping through your books in the timed exam - our tabs help you to be able to quickly reference important material in your books and move on to the next question without wasting valuable time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to submit my application before I can take my exam?

Yes, you must receive board approval for both the journeyman and electrical contractor's exams.

How many times can I take the Electrical Contractor or Electrical Journeyman exams?

Once approved by the board the applicant has 90 days to sit for the exam. If an applicant does not pass the exam it can be taken again. Applicants are allowed to take the exam as many times as necessary within a two-year period upon payment of a new exam fee. The application will expire in two years from the initial approval date by the board. 

What is the experience required for an Electrical Contractors license?

An applicant must prove a minimum of 8,000 hours of electrical supervisory experience in design, planning, lay-out and direct supervision of electrical contracting activities and the installation of electrical components. 

What is the experience required for a Journeyman Electrician license?

An applicant must prove a minimum of 8,000 hours of experience that shows necessary qualifications like training and technical knowledge to install electrical wiring, apparatus or equipment lighting, heating, or power. Also, work shall be performed according to plans and specifications furnished and in accordance with standard rules and regulations governing such work. 

Where can I take my exams?

All exams are administered through Prov testing centers.

Is the exam open book?

Yes, the exam is open book, and your books can have highlights and permanent tabs. 

Does Alabama offer reciprocity with other states?

The Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors offers reciprocity with Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee commercial contractor licenses. The permit also must be for the same classification that you are seeking in Alabama. Any applicant holding a license in good standing in an accepted state can have trade portion of the exam waived upon written certification from that state in which the applicant is licensed. The Alabama General Contractors Business and Law Exam is still required for all applicants 

If you hold a residential construction license in the States of Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi, or Louisiana, you may be exempt from the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board Exam. If you hold a current and valid residential builder’s license in another state, answer yes to the question on the application asking whether you have applied for a residential home builder’s license or similar license to this Board or any other governmental agency, and provide a copy of your out-of-state license with your application.

What is required when applying with reciprocity?

A copy of your license issued by the state licensing board showing that you have a license in the category you are applying in.

An original letter from the verifying state board stating that you hold an unlimited/unrestricted work license and that you have passed the required examination.

Work experience and work affidavit still are required.

Do I also need an Alabama General Contractors License?

State law requires that any electrical contractor performing a job over $50,000 must have an appropriate license issued by the Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors. You must have an Electrical Contractors license in order to obtain a General Contractors License.