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Taking a State Exam

Code Version

The NEC Code Books are provided at the testing sites for use by those taking the test. Testing is based on the 2017 edition of the NEC code book, effective January 2, 2020. (The State will also allow test-takers to choose the 2014 Code book for reference during the exam instead, through June 30, 2020.) 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.

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 and 30 minutes up to 6 hours and 45 minutes, Residential Electrician Test from 3 hours and 30 minutes up to 5 hours and 15 minutes, VDV, FLS and NRL Test from 2 hours and 15 minutes up to 3 hours and 22 minutes. 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 approved, the following steps must be taken:

1) Complete the PSI Special Arrangement Request Form available online on the PSI web site.

2) Complete the required fields including the details of the applicant’s request that identifies what their first language is, that English is not their primary language, and that 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.)