NASCLA Accredited Exam for Residential Electrical Contractors

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Overview & Benefits

NASCLA Nationally Accredited Electrical Examination Program

The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) created a standardized accredited examination to take 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.

A Residential Electrical Contractor is one who demonstrates competency in electrical installations, service, repair and maintenance typically encountered in a permanent dwelling unit. 

Administering State Agencies for the NASCLA Accredited Exam for Residential 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 Examination for Residential Electrical Contractor exam. You must apply through one of the following agencies to take the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Residential Electrical Contractor Exam:

  • Arizona Registrar of Contractors
         Administers Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Residential Electrical Contractor Exams
  • South Carolina Residential Builders Commission
         Administers Residential Electrical Contractor Exam
Accepting State Agencies for the NASCLA Accredited Exam for Residential Electrical Contractors Exam:

The following agencies accept NASCLA Accredited Examination for Residential Electrical Contractor transcripts for applicants who have already passed the exam from another administering agency:

  • Florida Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board
          Accepted Examinations for Endorsement on the Florida Residential Electrical Specialty classification: Residential Electrical Contractor
  • Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, Electricians Licensing Board
        Accepts Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician & Journeyman Electrician, Residential Electrical Contractor Exam

What's on the Exam?

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# of Questions Minimum Passing Score Time Allowed
100 70 (70%) 270 minutes
Subject Area # of Questions
Theory 9
Personal/Jobsite Safety (OSHA, NFPA 70E) 8
Project Design, Estimating and Management 8
Grounding and Bonding 14
Special Systems and Special Equipment Installations  7
Tools and Test Equipment 7
Circuit Protection and Installation 16
Wiring Methods and Practices 17
Equipment for General Use 13
Energy Efficiency/Management  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 exam

Exam Prep Course

Our NASCLA Residential 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 Residential 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 Residential Electrical Contractors in a convenient bundle at the link below. 

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Our NASCLA Residential 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.Tabbing and highlighting your books is part of our exam prep curriculum. In a hurry? Check out our exam-ready tabbed and highlighted book bundle here.

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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 in order to obtain a license.

These requirements often include taking a State Business Law Exam, meeting experience requirements, and submitting a Contractor License Application. We offer exam prep for many state Business Law exams as well as License Application Processing Services to help ensure you get your license application approved with ease!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where do I take the NASCLA accredited Examination for residential electrical contractors?

Individuals looking to take the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Residential Electrical Contractors must apply to an administering state agency for approval. At this time, the Arizona Registrar of Contractorsadministers theNational NASCLA Electrical Contractor/Master Electrician Exam and the National NASCLA Residential Electrical Contractor Exam through PSI. The South Carolina Residential Builders Commission also administers the National NASCLA Residential Electrical Contractor 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.