master electricians, and anybody new to the field can find answers to
questions about electrical exams and licensing here. You will also find
information about the NEC, state building departments, reciprocating
licenses and more. Additional questions on our Code Seminars and
Electrical Books are also addressed below.
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What is the National
Electrical Code (NEC)?
What is the purpose of a
license and how do I obtain one?
Where are the testing centers
for electrical exams?
What exams do your books and
seminars prepare students for?
What is the Business Law Exam?
Can I bring a highlighted and
tabbed code book into the exam?
I noticed on my application
that the people that write my exam are from a company called Prometric
but I keep hearing about a Block test. What's the difference?
I recently passed my master
exam and I am planning to relocate to another state. Do I have to be
How do I contact Thomson
Prometric, P.S.I. or I.C.C.?
Q. What is
the National Electrical Code (N.E.C.)?
A. The National Electrical Code (NEC) provides
practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising
from the use of electricity. The NEC is updated every 3 years and
considered to be the foundation for electrical safety.
all states are up to date with the current electrical code. You can
find out which version your area is using by calling your local
building department and talking to the electrical inspector or building
official. In addition, some areas like New York City also require
Q. Why is
it important to know the code?
A. By reading and understanding the code you will be
learning the minimum safety standards that a person needs to know when
working out in the field. We offer several electrical books to help the
electrician or electrical engineer learn the National
Electrical Code. Our pictorial workbooks are great for anyone
teaching the NEC. They include pictures, questions, exam, answers and
code references. Check out Tom
Henry's Five Book Combo.
Q. What is the N.F.P.A.?
A. NFPA is an international nonprofit membership
organization founded in 1896 as the National Fire Protection
Association. Today, with more than 75,000 members representing nearly
100 nations and 320 employees around the world, NFPA serves as the
world's leading advocate of fire prevention and is an authoritative
source on public safety. You can reach them by calling 1-800-344-3555 or visit the NFPA website at www.nfpa.org.
Q. What is
the purpose of an electrical license?
A. The major purpose of a license is to
protect public health and safety by preventing unqualified people from
practicing a given profession or occupation.
Q. How can
I obtain an electrical license?
A. Call your local building department and get an
application which will show the years of experience needed to sit for
the exam. Then give us a call at 1-800-642-2633 so we can steer you in the
right direction on what to study.
Q. What is the difference between the journeyman
license and the masters license?
A. Usually, the journeyman license allows a person
to work on a jobsite unsupervised while working for a licensed
electrical contractor. The masters license allows you to go into
business and pull the needed electrical permits, etc.
Q. What do I need to do to pull an electrical
A. You will need to pass a Master electrician exam
and obtain the Masters license. Sometimes you will also be required to
pass an administration exam to be able to pull a permit. For study
material see our master
electrician book combos.
Q. What types of jobs require
A. Check with your local building department. The
rules change. Usually the rule is if you add to an existing circuit or
if you install a new circuit you need to pull an electrical permit.
Q. Do I have to take the journeyman exam first or
can I bypass it and take the master exam?
A. Check with your local building department or
whomever you are signing up with to take the exam. In some cases if you
have enough time in the field to take the master exam they will let you
bypass the journeyman exam.
Q. After I pass my masters exam and obtain the
license is that license good forever?
A. You will need to keep the license up to date.
Most states or counties renew the licenses each year (pay a fee). Some
states now are requiring the contractor to produce CEU's (continuing
education units) or a number of contact hours in the code each renewal
cycle along with a fee to be paid each time you renew. Our classes are
approved for most states to award CEU's check out our class schedule.
are the testing centers for electrical exams?
A. They are usually held at a governmental office or
local community college. Once qualified to take an electrical exam,
your local building department will notify you of the exact place,
time, and date.
Q. Where can I find building department phone
A. You can view a current listing of the contact
information for each state by following this link: Building Departments.
For local testing in the State of Florida check out the contact list
for Florida counties.
Q. How many questions are generally on the exam?
A. It depends on the type of exam that you are taking
and what company administers the exam. Get in contact with your local
building department or whomever you are signing up with to take the
test and ask them for a blueprint of the exam. The blueprint should
show you the amount of questions and how much time you will have to
complete the exam along with what the passing grade will be.
is the Business Law Exam?
Business and Law examination is an open book examination that
consists of multiple choice questions covering state and federal laws
and business financial and accounting procedures. Usually only persons
taking the electrical contractors exam are required to take this exam.
Check with the building department and if you are required to take the
exam get a list of books required to purchase for the exam.
Q. Who is OSHA?
A. OSHA stands for Occupational Safety &
Health Administration. OSHA's mission is to assure the safety and
health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards;
providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships;
and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health.
See the book OSHA Safety & Health Standards.
noticed on my application that the people that write my exam are from a
company called Prometric but I keep hearing about a Block test. What's
A. When the testing company was formed originally it
was called Block and Associates. Then they renamed it Experior then
Prometric. Same people, same test. People that took there exam years
ago would refer to it as a Block test (after the name).
Q. I am trying to find out what testing company
writes the exam for the state of Georgia?
A. It is written by a company called AMP. The
easiest way to find out the information you need is to go to the Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board
or contact the state by phone at (478) 207-2440.
exams do your books and seminars prepare students for?
A. Our books and seminars are written and based on
the National Electrical Code and designed to prepare an electrician for
the Block, Prometric formerly Experior, ProV, Pearson Vue, I.C.C.,
N.A.I., P.S.I., AMP exams or any city, county, and state electrical
Q. What resources are available
to prepare for the electrical exam?
A. Our company offers electrical books, code classes and seminars,
DVD and video's,
audio tapes and CD's,
etc. Call us at 1-800-642-2633 or check out our catalog.
Q. What is Ohm's Law and why is it important to
A. Ohm's Law is one of the most important things
that you will use throughout your electrical career. It is a
mathematical tool which is of the greatest use in determining an
unknown factor of voltage, current or resistance in an electrical
circuit in which the other two factors are known. For more information
see Ohm's Law and Electrical Theory.
Q. What are Closed/Open Book questions?
A. Usually when you are asked a closed book type
question it is a question dealing with theory or an on the job type
knowledge question. Sometimes I have seen closed book questions dealing
with Article 100 Definitions from the NEC, Article 230.24 Service
Heights, Table 300.5 Burial Depths asked on the exam. On an open book
type question it usually is found in the National
Electrical Code Book. Watch for the wording of the
Find what you're looking for in the NEC with the key word index.
I bring a highlighted and/or tabbed code book into the exam?
A. Check with the local building
department or the person you registered with to take the exam to find
out the rules on what you can bring in.The standard rule is that you
can bring into the exam with you a paperback or looseleaf (notebook)
code book. You can also bring in a tabbed
and highlighted code book.
Q. I received a brochure in
the mail for a two day code seminar that your company is holding. What
other states do you hold those seminars in?
A. Look at our website under electrical seminars
for a complete listing. You can register online if you like or give us
a call at 1-800-642-2633.
After I complete the "Learn to be an Electrician" program will it
qualify me to take the journeyman exam?
A. Becoming an electrician is like becoming a
doctor. You have to first do the book work then you need some hands on
practice (which the county will require) before taking the exam. In the
program "Learn to be an Electrician" Tom Henry shares over 50 years of
electrical knowledge with you so you don't have to go through what he
did to learn the trade. The program starts with theory then advances to
Ohm's law, magnetism, safety and tools, wiring methods, services,
motors, inspection, maintenance, troubleshooting, etc. You will not
only know how, but why you are doing something a particular way. After
completing the program the hands on part is like taking a walk in the
Q. Who can I call to find out more information
A. There are different programs available. IBEW,
IEC, ABC, etc. In 1995 we released our own training program; as of
April 2009 we have had over 1300 students from coast to coast. The
advantage with our program is it is a learn at your own pace program.
So you don't have to worry about missing a class due to overtime,
sickness, etc. Check out the Learn
to be an Electrician program.
Q. What is the National Safety Electrical Code
A. The NSEC covers the utility company wiring.
Q. What is the UL Electrical Construction
Materials (green) book?
A. This book has several purposes, some of which
are: (a) to obtain the names of companies which are able to provide
products bearing a Listing mark or Classification marking. (b) to
obtain information pertaining to the form and nature of the Listing
mark or Classification mark to be used for a specific class or category
of product. (c) to obtain information or special conditions applying to
the product or (d) to obtain the titles and designations of Standards
that have been used for investigation of products in a specific
category. See Electrical Construction Equipment Directory.
recently passed my master exam and I am planning to relocate to another
state. Do I have to be retested again?
A. Some states will reciprocate. Some of the time it
depends on who administered the exam (company, etc.) and what score was
achieved to whether the state will reciprocate or not.
Q. Does your company offer any electrical
videos/dvd's to help you prepare for the exam or only books?
A. Yes, we do offer videos/dvd's. There is a set of
nine dvd's for preparing for a journeyman exam and a set of twelve for
the masters exam. We also offer audio cd's, flash cards and of course
our easy to understand publications. You can see all of our products at
Q. I noticed on your website in your different
combos of books you show journeyman combos and master combos of books.
In the masters combos you show that you will receive a journeyman
question and answer book along with a master question and answer book
in the same combo. Why the journeyman book also?
A. Usually, a journeyman exam will cover the first
four chapters of the code and stops when you hit chapter five (special
occupancies) although I have seen questions on swimming pools article
680, mobile homes article 550, and some questions on class 1, 2,
& 3 which are covered in the journeyman book. The master book
gets more into detail of the special occupancies, etc. If you are
interested in sitting for a master exam you need both books plus the
rest of them. See our master
do I contact Prometric?
A. By going on their website at www.prometric.com
Q. How do I contact I.C.C.?
A. By going on their website at www.iccsafe.org
Q. How do I contact P.S.I.?
A. By going on their website at www.psiexams.com
If you need study materials for the Experior,
Prometric, ProV, Pearson Vue, I.C.C., N.A.I., P.S.I., AMP exams or any
city, county, and state electrical exams, see our Book
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