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Types of Certifications

California State Requirements for Certification as a General Electrician

One who performs work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing or maintaining any electrical system that is covered by the National Electric Code, is required to be certified as a General Electrician.

One who performs work for an electrical contractor installing, constructing, or maintaining any electrical system that is covered by the National Electrical Code in single family homes and multi-family units, including hotels and motels, where the primary occupancy of the building is considered residential and the maximum voltage received from a utility company is a 3 phase, 4 wire, 120/208 or 120/240 volts, is required to be certified as a Residential Electrician.

One who performs work installing the required panel boards and feeders for commercial tenant space in a multi-family/multi-use occupancies falling under subsection (1), where less than 50 percent of the first floor level is used for commercial tenant space, but not performing any tenant improvement for these spaces, is required to be certified as a Residential Electrician.

One who performs work for an electrical contractor involving the installation, construction or maintenance of systems as covered in Article 760 of the National Electrical Code, is required to be certified as a Fire/Life Safety Technician.

If you are the holder of a valid C-10 license and are working under that license, certification is not required. However, if you are performing covered electrical work not under your own valid license - for example, if your license is not in effect for some reason, or you are working under someone else's C-10 license - certification is required.

Types of Certifications

WECA offers exam preparation courses for the following types of California electrical certifications:

General Electrician

There are 100 questions on the General Electrician Exam and you have 4 hours to complete the exam.

General journeyman electrician - examination content outline

Content area Question's value
General Electrical Knowledge 15%
Wiring and Protection 25%
Wiring Methods and Materials 15%
Equipment for General Use 20%
Special Occupancies 10%
Special Equipment 5%
Special Conditions 5%
Communication Systems 5%
Total questions 100%


Residential Electrician

There are 80 questions on the Residential Electrician exam and you have 3 hours to complete the exam.

Residential journeyman electrician - examination content outline

Content Area Question's value
General Electrical Knowledge 10%
Wiring and Protection 27%
Wiring Methods and Material 27%
Equipment for General Use 21%
Special Equipment 5%
Special Conditions 5%
Communication Systems 5%
Total questions 100%

Voice Data Video Technician

There are 50 questions on the Voice Data Video Technician Exam and you have 2 hours to complete the exam.

Voice, data, video technician - content outline

Content Area Question's value
General VDVT Knowledge 24%
Wiring and Protection 20%
Wiring Methods and Materials 20%
Special Occupancies 8%
Special Conditions 8%
Communication Systems 20%
Total questions 100%


Fire / Life / Safety

There are 50 questions on the Fire / Life / Safety Technician Exam and you have 2 hours to complete the exam.

Fire / Life / Safety - content outline

Content Area Question's value
General Electrical Knowledge 14%
Installation Requirements 16%
Initiating Devices 16%
Signaling Circuits 16%
Notification Appliances 16%
System Testing 16%
Supervisory Systems 6%
Total questions 100%