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North Carolina Electrical Restricted-Plumbing and Heating (SP-PH)


  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing and Heating exam.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must demonstrate to the Board’s satisfaction their good character and adequate technical and practical knowledge concerning the safe and proper installation of electrical work and equipment.

  • The applicant must submit with the application written statements from at least 2 responsible persons attesting to the applicant’s good character.

    Applicants must have at least 3 years of experience, of which at least 2 years must be primary experience. The balance may be primary, secondary, or both. Applicants must also verify in the application information that the applicant is primarily engage in, or is regularly employed by, and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in a lawful plumbing, heating, or air conditioning business in North Carolina. Applicant may also receive creditable experience for service for experience gained in the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning field. Applicant will need to check with the Board about the creditable experience.


  • There are no minimum financial requirements for this license at this time.

  • There is no bond or insurance requirement for this license at this time.

The Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning (SP-PH) classification authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring or devices only as an incident to the licensee’s plumbing, heating, or air conditioning business.


It authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to pluming, heating, or air conditioning that is restricted to circuits or parts of circuits that operate at voltages not exceeding 600 volts phase to phase, is electrically isolated from the building wiring system by an over-current protective isolating device that has been installed complete with line-side connections by others, is permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the device and is located within an enclosure intended solely for and limited to servicing the specific plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved or is located within a panel-board that serves the building wiring system and is also permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the devise provided that the wiring is installed by others from the load side terminals of the device to the junction box, auxiliary gutter, or similar disconnecting means located outside the panel-board but in sight of and within 50 feet of the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment served.


This license also authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment and that originates at the load side terminals of the protective isolating device, except for control wiring, is physically adjacent to the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment. Control wiring that receives its control power from the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved may extend beyond these limits if the control voltage does not exceed 120 volts to ground and the wiring is protected from over-current and is not installed in a location considered hazardous under the National Electrical Code.

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Required Books 

Some of the references listed below are permitted to be taken into the examination. These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. Please contact us for a detailed listing. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.

*There are additional downloadable documents for the North Carolina Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing and Heating exam*

target="_blank" href=General Statutes, Chapter 87.

target="_blank" href=Title 21, NC Administrative Code, Chapter 18B.

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  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.
  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing and Heating exam.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and must demonstrate to the Board’s satisfaction their good character and adequate technical and practical knowledge concerning the safe and proper installation of electrical work and equipment.
  • The applicant must submit with the application written statements from at least 2 responsible persons attesting to the applicant’s good character.

    Applicants must have at least 3 years of experience, of which at least 2 years must be primary experience. The balance may be primary, secondary, or both. Applicants must also verify in the application information that the applicant is primarily engage in, or is regularly employed by, and will be the listed qualified individual for a firm that is primarily engaged in a lawful plumbing, heating, or air conditioning business in North Carolina. Applicant may also receive creditable experience for service for experience gained in the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning field. Applicant will need to check with the Board about the creditable experience.

  • There are no minimum financial requirements for this license at this time.
  • There is no bond or insurance requirement for this license at this time.

The Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning (SP-PH) classification authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair electric wiring or devices only as an incident to the licensee’s plumbing, heating, or air conditioning business.

It authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to pluming, heating, or air conditioning that is restricted to circuits or parts of circuits that operate at voltages not exceeding 600 volts phase to phase, is electrically isolated from the building wiring system by an over-current protective isolating device that has been installed complete with line-side connections by others, is permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the device and is located within an enclosure intended solely for and limited to servicing the specific plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved or is located within a panel-board that serves the building wiring system and is also permanently and legibly marked to identify the equipment served by the devise provided that the wiring is installed by others from the load side terminals of the device to the junction box, auxiliary gutter, or similar disconnecting means located outside the panel-board but in sight of and within 50 feet of the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment served.

This license also authorizes the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only wiring that is directly related to plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment and that originates at the load side terminals of the protective isolating device, except for control wiring, is physically adjacent to the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment. Control wiring that receives its control power from the plumbing, heating, or air conditioning equipment involved may extend beyond these limits if the control voltage does not exceed 120 volts to ground and the wiring is protected from over-current and is not installed in a location considered hazardous under the National Electrical Code.

To apply, contact State of North Carolina Electrical Licensing Board 1-919-733-9042.

The licensing fee is $75 and Approval for testing normally takes 5-10 business days once the board receives the application.

The licensing period is 1 year from the date of issuance and renewal is subject to continuing education.

North Carolina does not have reciprocity for this license.

North Carolina requires 4 hours of continuing education prior to the expiration of your license each year to renew your license for this classification. As of July 1, 2008, all persons must demonstrate that a minimum of ½ the continuing education hours for each annual license period were in-person classroom or seminar attendance.

  • The fee for the exam is $90 and a score of at least 75% is required to pass the exams.
  • There are 40 questions on the exam with a 3 hour time limit. Only the National Electrical Code book is allowed into the exam. That book will be furnished to you at the testing center.

    Topics covered on the exam are bonding and grounding, over-current protection, boxes and fittings, wiring methods and terminations, motors and control wiring, load calculations, appliances, equipment and lighting, general knowledge, laws, rules, and basic business practices and practical applications.

  • Once you are approved you will receive an eligibility letter to schedule your testing. The eligibility letter is valid for 3 months and for a single administration of the qualifying exam.
  • To schedule your exam you must contact Pearson Vue/Promissor at 1-800-204-6231.

    Candidates may only take the exam 2 times within 1 year. There is a waiting period between exams if a person fails.

    The candidate will not be eligible to take another exam in the same classification for 3 months if their score was 74%-65%, or for 6 months if their score was 64 and below.

    If the candidate fails the exam in the same classification 3 times they must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 16 hours of classroom education on the electrical code provided by a board approved continuing education provider before that person may retake the exam.

    A candidate may review their exam 1 time during the 1 year period that they are held in the Board’s office. The fee for reviewing the exam is $25.

American Contractors does not currently offer a seminar to prepare for the North Carolina Electrical Specialty Restricted Plumbing and Heating contractor license exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.