The NEC Code Books are provided at the testing sites for use by those taking the test. Testing is based on the 2014 edition of the NEC code book, effective January 1, 2017. (The State will also allow test-takers to choose the 2011 Code book for reference during the exam instead, through March 31, 2017.) For more details on exam content, those scheduled to take the exam should review the Candidate Information Bulletin attached to their exam letter for the Exam content outline in the beginning pages.
Taking the Exam
PSI Services, LLC is the proctor administering the electrician certification exam for the state of California. Visit their website to learn more about the specifics of the exam, or contact them by phone at (800) 733-9267.
State Instructions for Applying for Certification
For detailed instructions on how to apply for California State Certification, follow the link to the Certification Application from the State Resources section of WECA Forms and Resources, and then follow the state's instructions.
Special Accommodations for ESL Test-Takers
Additional time can be granted up to time and a half. General Electrician Test from 4 hours up to 6 hours, Residential Electrician Test from 3 hours up to 4 1/2 hours, VDV, FLS and NRL Test from 2 hours up to 3 hours. This can be requested for all languages if English is not their primary language.
The process is as follows:
After an applicant has submitted the Application for Electrician Examination and Certification, (available in State Resources), along with the appropriate fees and supporting documentation and they have received acknowledgement that their application has been processed, and the applicant chooses to request additional time to take the test for ESL or ADA special arrangements, the following must be submitted to PSI prior to registering for a date to take the test.
1) Complete the PSI Special Arrangement Request Form available on the DAS web site and/or the WECA Certification and Enforcement Resources section.
2) Attach a letter from the applicant requesting the special arrangement that identifies their first language and that English is not their primary language and they are requesting additional time to take the electrical certification test.
3) Attach a letter from the electrician's current or latest state approved learning institution (i.e. WECA) on their letterhead. (Contact WECA to request.)