NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination For Electrical Contractors Prep Courses & Reference Materials

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Overview & Benefits

Nationally Accredited NASCLA Electrical Examination Program

The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) created a standardized accredited examination to take the place of individual state licensing exams for Electricians. Electrical Exam Candidates applying to any accepting state agency can opt to take the NASCLA Electrical Exam in lieu of their state's specific licensing exam.

Once a candidate passes the NASCLA Electrical Exam through an administering state agency, they will not need to take another licensing exam if they are applying for licensure with any of the other participating state agencies.

An Electrical Contractor (Master/Unlimited Electrician) is one who conducts business in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical work conforming to applicable standards and codes. 

Accepting State Agencies for the NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination for Electrical Contractors Exam

In order for candidates to take an examination within the program, they must apply for licensure under an administering state agency.  The following agencies administer the NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination for Electrical Contractors exam. You must apply through one of the following agencies to take the NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination for Electrical Contractors Exam: 

  • Arizona Registrar of Contractors: Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Residential Electrical Exams
  • Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors: Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam
  • Mississippi State Board of Contractors: Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam
  • Missouri Office of Statewide Electrical Contractors: Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician Exams
  • South Carolina Contractors' Licensing Board: Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam

In order to take the examination(s), you must check with the administering state agency on their requirements or pre-approvals needed before signing up with the testing provider.

Administering State Agencies for the NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination for Electrical Contractors Exam

The following states and territories accept, but do not administer, the NASCLA Accredited Trade Examination for Electrical Contractors for applicants who have already passed the exam from another agency:

  • Alabama Electrical Contractors Board: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician Exams
  • District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician Exam
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico Construction Industries Division: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician, Journeyman Electrician, & Residential Electrician Exams
  • North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors: Accepts Electrical Contractor /Master Electrician & Residential Electrical Contractor Exams
  • Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician Exam
  • Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Electricians Licensing Board: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician, Residential Electrical Contractor Exam
  • Virginia Board for Contractors, Department of Professional and Occupational Licensing: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician Exam
  • West Virginia Contractors Licensing Board, Division of Labor: Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam

Applicants must have already taken the NASCLA Electrical Contractor Exam in an administering state to apply to the states listed above. These states only accept NASCLA Electrical Contractor exam transcripts, but do not offer or administer the exam.

What's on the Exam?

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# of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
100 75 (75%) 270 minutes
Subject Area # of Questions
Project Design and Management 8
Safety 9
Electrical Theory and Principles 11
General Code Requirements 17
Wiring and Protection 17
Wiring Methods and Materials 16
Equipment for General Use 13
Special Occupancies, Special Equipment, and Special Conditions  8
Communication Systems 1

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

Exam Preparation

What You'll Need To Prepare For The NASCLA Electrical Exam

Exam Prep Course

Our NASCLA Electrical Contractor Exam Prep Course is an online, pre-recorded course that you can complete at your own time and pace. The online course includes access to instructor-led videos on exam-taking strategies, overviews of electrical theories/concepts, book highlighting instructions, and practice test questions and answers.

Our online course also includes access to a simulation practice test, set up just like the real exam!

All our courses are delivered digitally, meaning you can begin preparing for your exam immediately after you place your purchase. Additionally, our courses are backed by a No-Pass, No-Pay Guarantee!

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Book Bundle

The NASCLA Accredited Exam for Electrical Contractors is an open-book exam. You can bring in approved reference manuals and may mark your books with permanent tabs and highlights/underlining. Please note no handwritten notes are allowed in books, and if you make notes in your books you may not be allowed to bring them into the exam.

You can find the approved references for the NASCLA Accredited Exam for Electrical Contractors in a convenient bundle at the link below.  In a hurry? Check out our exam-ready pre-tabbed and highlighted book bundle here!

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Our NASCLA Electrical Contractor 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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License Requirements

Steps to obtaining your license

All NASCLA Electrical Exam applicants are still required to meet other state licensing regulations specific to their state.

These requirements often include taking a State Business Law Exam and submitting a Contractor License Application. We offer business law exam prep courses and materials as well as License Application Processing Services.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where Do I Take The Nascla Accredited Examination For Electrical Contractors/master Electricians?

Individuals looking to take the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Electrical Contractors/Master Electricians must apply to an administering state agency for approval. At this time, the Arizona Registrar of ContractorsLouisiana State Licensing Board for ContractorsMississippi State Board of ContractorsMissouri Office of Statewide Electrical Contractors, and the South Carolina Contractors' Licensing Board administer theNational NASCLA Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam through PSI.

Is The Nascla Accredited Electrical Examination Program Considered A National License?

No. The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program is considered a shared standard for examinations but does not serve as a 'National License'. You will still be required to meet local licensing requirements before becoming a licensed electrician in your state/jurisdiction.