Electrical Contractors
Examination

In Order To Sit For Your Electrical Contractor Examination, It Is Necessary To:

  • First: Submit your Application for approval with New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors with all
    the requested documentation.

    See Application Requirements: (With link to New Jersey Electrical Contractors License Requirement page (page 5))

    MAKE SURE YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE EXAMINATION BEFORE REQUESTING EXAMINATION ACCOMMODATIONS WITH PSI SERVICES LLC

  • Second: Submit your Application for approval with PSI Services LLC with all the referenced information indicated on their Electrical Contractor License Examination Candidate Information Bulletin

About The NJ Electrical Contractor’s Examination

Once approved by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors, it is your responsibility to contact PSI to pay for and schedule your Electrical Examination.

PSI Services LLC
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (855) 746-8173
Fax: (702) 932-2666
E-mail: examschedule@psionline.com

  • Contact PSI online
  • Electrical Contractors Examination Application

PSI Services LLC Examination Fees:
Electrical Contracting Exam …. $78.00
Business and Law Exam ………. $43.00
Alarm Systems Exam ………..…..$43.00

NOTE: EXAMINATION FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE OR TRANSFERABLE.
THE EXAMINATION FEE IS VALID FOR ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PAYMENT.

Guidelines For Examination Qualifications: (Source: Published By)

  • Candidates must submit an application with PSI in order to take the examination
  • Candidates must test at a PSI testing center site in New Jersey
  • The Examination will be administered via computer
  • Your score will be given to you immediately following completion of the examination
    • If you Pass, you will receive a successful score report
    • If you Do Not Pass, you will receive a diagnostic
      report indicating your strengths

First Time taking the Examination:

  • If you are taking an examination for the first time, you
    will be required to take all three examinations on the
    same day. You must take the first attempt within 2
    years from the eligibility date.

Re-Taking the Examination:

  • If you fail one or more examinations, you only need to retake the failed examination(s).
  • If you fail one or more examinations on the first or second attempt, you must wait 6 months from the previous testing date before taking the next attempt.
  • You must pass all 3 required examinations within three attempts.
  • If you do not pass the 3 required examinations within 5 years from the eligibility date, you will need to reapply with the Board.

Note: ID must contain candidate’s photo, be valid and unexpired.

For complete examination procedure checklist see:

  • PSI Services LLC Home Page
  • Electrical Contractors Licensure Examination Candidate Information Bulletin
  • Electrical Contractors Examination Application

Reporting to the Examination Site:

  • On the day of the examination, you should arrive 30 minutes before your appointment. This extra time is for sign-in, identification, and familiarizing you with the examination process. If you arrive late, you may not be admitted to the examination site and you will forfeit your examination registration fee.
  • Candidates need to provide one (1) form of identification.
  • If the candidate fails to bring proper identification or the candidate names do not match, the candidates will not be allowed to test and their examination fee will not be refunded

Required Identification:

  • Candidates must register for the exam with their LEGAL first and last name as it appears on their government issued identification. All required identification below must match the first and last name under which the candidate is registered. Candidates are required to bring one (1) form of valid (non-expired) signature bearing identification to the test site.

Proper Primary Identification (with photo) – Only One is Required:

  • State issued driver’s license
  • State issued identification card
  • US Government Issued Passport
  • US Government Issued Military Identification Card
  • US Government Issued Alien Registration Card
  • Canadian Government Issued ID NOTE

Exam Sessions

The Electrical Contractors Examination is offered through PSI Services LLC in 3 parts as follows:

Part One: Electrical Code

PSI identifies it as “Electrical Contractor Examination”

The trade exam is open book with 100 multiple choice questions. It lasts 260 Minutes. Here are topic summary questions and the number of questions per section for each Subject Area:

260 minutes
50
Total Questions
Your Examination is
"Open Book"

Reference List

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.

The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.

The following Reference Materials will be provided at the exam center:

  • “NJ Electrical Contractor – Electrical Contractor Examination”
  • NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition. This code book will be provided to you at the test center. You may not write, highlight, underline, and/or index on the reference. You may bring your own copy of the Electrical Code book only if it is not marked up in any way. You cannot bring in a copy of the NEC handbook.

Required Book for your Electrical Contractor’s Electrical Code Examination

Subject Area # Items on Test
Business Organization 2
Licensing 5
Estimate & Bidding 7
Contract Management 8
Project Management 5
Risk Management 4
Safety 4
Labor Law 4
Financial Management 5
Tax Law 3
Lien Law 3
Total Questions 50

Part Two: Business Law

PSI identifies it as "Business and Law Examination"

The trade exam is open book with 100 multiple choice questions. It lasts 260 Minutes. Here are topic summary questions and the number of questions per section for each Subject Area:

260 minutes
50
Total Questions
Your Examination is
"Open Book"

Reference List

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.

The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices.

The following Reference Materials will be provided at the exam center:

  • “NJ Business and Law – Business and Law Examination”

Candidates are responsible for bringing their own references to the examination center for Part Two. Your copy may be highlighted, underlined, and/or indexed prior to the examination session. However, it may not be written in. Any candidate caught writing in the references during the examination will have the references confiscated and will be reported to the Committee. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) with their approved references. Any additional materials will be removed from the references and confiscated. References may be tabbed/indexed with permanent tabs only. Temporary tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin.

Required Book for your Electrical Contractor’s Electrical Business and Law Examination

Subject Area # Items on Test
Business Organization 2
Licensing 5
Estimate & Bidding 7
Contract Management 8
Project Management 5
Risk Management 4
Safety 4
Labor Law 4
Financial Management 5
Tax Law 3
Lien Law 3
Total Questions 50

Part Three: Low Voltage Alarm

"NJ Alarm System Contractor- Alarm Systems Contractor Examination"

The trade exam is open book with 100 multiple choice questions. It lasts 260 Minutes. Here are topic summary questions and the number of questions per section for each Subject Area:

260 minutes
50
Total Questions
Your Examination is
"Open Book"

Reference List

The reference material listed below was used to prepare the questions for this examination.

The examination may also contain questions based on trade knowledge or general industry practices. Except for Code books, you can base your answers on later editions of references as they become available. For Code questions, the examinations will be based only on the edition of the Code book that is listed.

The following Reference Materials will be provided at the exam center:

  • “NJ Alarm System Contractor- Alarm Systems Contractor Examination”

NFPA 70 National Electrical Code, 2020 Edition. This code book will be provided to you at the test center. You may not write, highlight, underline, and/or index on the reference. You may bring your own copy of the Electrical Code book only if it is not marked up in any way. You cannot bring in a copy of the NEC handbook.

Required Book for your Electrical Contractor’s Electrical Code Examination

Subject Area # Items on Test
Business Organization 2
Licensing 5
Estimate & Bidding 7
Contract Management 8
Project Management 5
Risk Management 4
Safety 4
Labor Law 4
Financial Management 5
Tax Law 3
Lien Law 3
Total Questions 50

Additional References

The remaining references will not be provided at the test center; you will need to bring your own copy.

Required Book for your Electrical Contractor’s Low Voltage Alarm Examination

  • NFPA 72 (2013 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code)
  • NTC Yellow Book: Video Security System Handbook 2018
  • NTC Blue Book: Low Voltage System Handbook 2018
  • CCTV from Light to Pixels, 3rd edition, 2014

Candidates are responsible for bringing their own references to the examination center. Reference materials may be highlighted, underlined, and/or indexed prior to the examination session. However, references may not be written in.

Any candidate caught writing in the references during the examination will have the references confiscated and will be reported to the Board. Furthermore, candidates are not permitted to bring in any additional papers (loose or attached) with their approved references. Any additional materials will be removed from the references and confiscated. References may be tabbed/indexed with permanent tabs only. Temporary Tabs, such as Post-It notes, are not allowed and must be removed from the reference before the exam will begin.

If you download a reference from the Internet, it must be spiral bound or hole-punched and placed in a binder, or stapled in the left-hand corner.

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Sample Test For
Exam Preparation

Sample Test Available at:

  • DeWalt Construction Edge Contractors Exam Preparation
  • Sample Tests Available online
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Reference Materials For
Exam Preparation

Structured Home Wiring Available at:

  • Online resource for Alarm and Security systems
  • Reference Material available online

Obtaining Your Business Permit Once You Have Received
Your Passing Test Results:

Submit your Application for an Initial Business Permit to:

Board of Examiners of Elctrical Contractors
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 45006 Newark, NJ 0710
Physical Address
124 Halsey Street; 6thFloor Newark, NJ 07101

The Board issues licenses every three years.

Your license will cost you $50 to $150, depending on when you get it during the three-year period. If this Business Permit application is submitted in the first year of the current triennial renewal period, the application fee is $150.00. If this application is submitted during the second year of the triennial renewal period, the fee is $100.00, and if it is submitted in the third year of the triennial renewal period, the fee is $50.00

Business Permit Application requires:
Surety Bond & Certificate of general liability insurance in the minimum amount of $300,000 or bank letter of credit in the minimum amount of $300,000 must be Provided:

Purchase A New Jersey Electrical Contractors Business Permit Bond

James C. Franchino Agency Inc.

Business Permit Bond:

A NEW JERSEY ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR BUSINESS PERMIT LICENSE BOND is needed when a NJ ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR applies for or renews their NJ ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR BUSINESS PERMIT. A ONE THOUSAND ($1,000) surety bond (cannot be higher or lower) is required. The cost of the bond from this agency is $50. (FIFTY DOLLARS) per three-year term. The current term is from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021.

This bond is required by the NJ Board of Electrical Contractors for all Electrical Contractors holding a BUSINESS PERMIT and its intention is to protect the public for lack of performance of a job. Example: If an electrical contractor fails to finish a job and the customer complains to the board, the NJ Board of Electrical Contractors will order that the bonding company pay to the customer up to $1,000 (ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS) to make good. The surety (bonding) company can still go after the electrical contractor to get back their money. Cost of a Bond it typically $50.00.

Purchase Your New Jersey
Electrical Contractors Insurance

James C. Franchino Agency Inc.

Electrical Contractors Insurance

The NJ Board of Electrical Contractors requires liability insurance in the minimum of three hundred thousand ($300,000.) dollars, however no contractor ever chooses that amount for two reasons: There is NO price difference between $300,000., $500,000., or $1,000,000. coverage for a one or two-person operation. For a larger operation the price difference is so small that every contractor chooses one million ($1,000,000.) coverage! Annual premium is approximately $565.00

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