North Carolina
Electrical Licensing & Continuing Education Requirements

Electrical Licensing

Continuing Education

An applicant must:

  1. have at least five years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least four years shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both, and
  2. submit with the application written statements from at least two persons, who are knowledgeable of the applicant’s electrical experience, attesting to the applicant’s ability to supervise and direct all electrical wiring or electrical installation work done by an electrical contracting business in the unlimited classification.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

An Unlimited License shall be permitted to engage in any electrical contracting project regardless of value; and such other special Restricted classifications as the Board may establish.

An applicant must have at least four years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least two and one half years shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

An Intermediate License shall be permitted to engage in a single electrical contracting project of a value, as established by the Board, not in excess of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) (please note the actual amount is one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) by rule .303.4).

An applicant must have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A Limited License shall be permitted to engage in a single electrical contracting project of a value, as established by the Board, not in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000; please note the actual amount is sixty thousand dollars ($60,000) by rule .0303.4) and on which the equipment or installation in the contract is rated at not more than 600 volts.

An applicant must have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted single family residential dwelling electrical contracting license (SP-SFD) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only electrical wiring and devices that are in or on a single family residential dwelling or are ancillary to a single family residential dwelling. Electrical work within the scope of another special restricted license may be performed by a SP-SFD licensee without obtaining the other special restricted license as long as it is in or on a single family residential dwelling or is ancillary to a single family residential dwelling.

An applicant must have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also receive creditable experience for service in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the low voltage field.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted fire alarm/low voltage electrical contracting license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only low voltage wiring and directly related wiring. Wiring is directed related if it:

  1. originates at the load-side terminals of a disconnecting means or junction box that:
    • has been installed, complete with line-side connections, by others for the specific purpose of supplying the low voltage wiring system involved; and
    • is permanently and legibly marked to identify the low voltage wiring system supplied; and
  2. is not installed in a location considered as hazardous under the National Electrical Code.

An applicant must:

  1. have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also
    receive creditable experience for service in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the
    plumbing, heating or air conditioning field, and
  2. include on the application information verifying that the applicant is primarily engaged in, or is regularly employed by and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in, a lawful plumbing, heating or air conditioning business in this State.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricting plumbing, heating, and air conditioning electrical contracting license (SP-PH) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring or devices only as an incident to the licensee’s plumbing, heating, or air conditioning business. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment and that:

  1. is restricted to circuits or parts of circuits that operate at voltages not exceeding 600 volts, phase-to-phase;
  2. is electrically isolated from the building wiring system by an overcurrent protective isolating device, such as a fused switch or circuit breaker, that:
    • has been installed, complete with line-side connections, by others;
    • is permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the device; and
    • is located within an enclosure intended solely for, and limited to, serving the specific plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved, or is located within a panelboard that serves the building wiring system and is likewise permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the device, provided wiring is installed by others from the load-side terminals of the device to a junction box, auxiliary gutter, or similar disconnecting means located outside the panelboard, but in sight of and within 50 feet of, the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment served;
  3. originates at the load-side terminals of the protective isolating device;
  4. except for control wiring, is physically adjacent to the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment from the equipment. Control wiring that receives its control power from the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved may extend beyond these limits if the control voltage does not exceed 120 volts to ground and the wiring is protected from overcurrent; and
  5. is not installed in a location considered as hazardous under the National Electrical Code.

An applicant must:

  1. have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also
    receive creditable experience for service in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the swimming pool field, and
  2. include on the application information verifying that the applicant is primarily engaged in, or is regularly employed by and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in, a lawful swimming pool business in this State.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted swimming pool electrical contracting license (SP-SP) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair swimming pool bonding work only as an incident to the licensee’s business of installing, maintaining, or repairing swimming pools. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to perform only the:

  1. Bonding together of all of the following metal parts on or near a swimming pool installation:
    • all metal parts of the pool structure, including the reinforcing metal of the pool shell, coping stones, and deck;
    • all forming shells;
    • all metal fittings within or attached to the pool structure; and
    • all metal conduit, metal piping, fixed metal parts.
  2. Installation of a common bonding grid, bonding together all parts listed in Subdivision (1);
  3. Installation of the forming shells for lighting fixtures and underwater audio equipment;
  4. Installation of the conduits extending from the lighting fixture and audio equipment forming shells to deck or junction boxes and the installation of the deck or junction boxes;
  5. Installation of the lighting fixtures and audio equipment in their respective forming shells from the forming shells to the deck or junction boxes, leaving appropriate leads in the deck or junction boxes to which the circuit conductors can be connected by others; and
  6. Installation of a bonding conductor and from the point of its connection to the common bonding grid to a readily accessible point at the circulating pump location.

An applicant must:

  1. have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also
    receive creditable experience for service in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the ground water pump field, and
  2. include on the application information verifying that the applicant is primarily engaged in, or is regularly employed by and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in, a lawful ground water pump business in this State.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted groundwater pump electrical contracting license (SP-WP) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring only as an incident to the licensee’s groundwater pump business. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to a groundwater pump and that:

  1. is restricted to circuits or parts of circuits that operate at voltages not exceeding 600 volts, phase-to-phase;
  2. is electrically isolated from the building wiring system by an overcurrent protective isolating device that:
    • has been installed, complete with line-side connections, by others;
    • is permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the device; and
    • is located adjacent to the controller for the specific groundwater pump equipment involved and within an enclosure intended solely for, and limited to, serving that equipment;
  3. originates at the load-side terminals of the protective isolating device; and
  4. is not installed in a location considered as hazardous under the National Electrical Code.

An applicant must:

  1. have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also
    receive creditable experience in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the electric sign
    field, and
  2. include on the application information verifying that the applicant is primarily engaged in, or is regularly employed by and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in, a lawful electric sign business in this State.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted electric sign electrical contracting license (SP-ES) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring or devices only as an incident to the licensee’s electric sign business. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to electric signs and is electrically isolated from the building wiring system. Wiring that is directly related differs depending on the type sign involved.

An applicant must:

  1. have at least two years of experience, as defined in Rule .0202 of this Section, of which at least one year shall be primary experience. The balance of experience may be primary, secondary or both. An applicant in this classification may also
    receive creditable experience for service in any of the capacities listed in Rule .0202 that the applicant gained in the elevator field, and
  2. include on the application information verifying that the applicant is primarily engaged in, or is regularly employed by and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in, a lawful elevator business in this State.

A person, partnership, firm, or corporation shall be eligible to be licensed, provided:

  1. At least one listed qualified individual shall be regularly employed by the applicant at each separate place of business to have the specific duty and authority to supervise and direct electrical contracting done by or in the name of the licensee;
  2. An application is filed which contains a statement of ownership, states the names and official positions of all employees who are listed qualified individuals and provides such other information as the Board may reasonably require;
  3. The applicant, through an authorized officer or owner, shall agree in writing to report to the Board within five days any additions to or loss of the employment of listed qualified individuals; and
  4. The applicant furnishes, upon the initial application for a license, a bonding ability statement completed by a bonding company licensed to do business in North Carolina.

A special restricted elevator electrical contracting license (SP-EL) authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electrical wiring only as an incident to the licensee’s elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, or personnel hoist business. Furthermore, the license authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only electric wiring that:

  1. is an integral part of an elevator, dumbwaiter, escalator, moving walk, or personnel hoist;
  2. is electrically isolated from the building wiring such as a safety switch or circuit breaker, that has been installed, complete with line-side connections, by others; and
  3. originates at the load-side terminals of the protective isolating device, referred to as “beyond the disconnection means.”

All licenses issued by the Board will expire one (1) year after the date of issuance.

Listed qualified individuals in the Unlimited, Intermediate, Limited & SP-SFD classifications are required to complete 8 hours per year. Listed qualified individuals in the special restricted classifications are required to complete 4 hours per year. Half of hours must be classroom.

For questions regarding your state’s CE requirements or licensing, please contact your state board directly.

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