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North Carolina Electrical Restricted-Single Family Dwelling (SP-SFD)


  • 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 Single Family Dwelling 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 4 years of experience, of which at least 2 year must be primary experience. The balance may be primary, secondary, or both.


  • Contractors holding this restricted license may not accept jobs larger than allowed under the classification of Limited, which is $25,000 or less.

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

The Electrical Specialty Restricted Single Family Dwelling (SP-SFD) classification allows the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only electrical wiring and devices that are in or on a single family residential dwelling or an ancillary to a single family residential dwelling. Electrical work which is covered by another special restricted license can be performed by a specialty restricted single family dwelling licensee without obtaining the other special restricted license as long as it is in or on a single family residential dwelling or an ancillary to a single family residential dwelling.

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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 Single Family Dwelling 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 Single Family Dwelling 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 4 years of experience, of which at least 2 year must be primary experience. The balance may be primary, secondary, or both.

  • Contractors holding this restricted license may not accept jobs larger than allowed under the classification of Limited, which is $25,000 or less.
  • There is no bond or insurance requirement for this license at this time.

The Electrical Specialty Restricted Single Family Dwelling (SP-SFD) classification allows the licensee to install, maintain, or repair only electrical wiring and devices that are in or on a single family residential dwelling or an ancillary to a single family residential dwelling. Electrical work which is covered by another special restricted license can be performed by a specialty restricted single family dwelling licensee without obtaining the other special restricted license as long as it is in or on a single family residential dwelling or an ancillary to a single family residential dwelling.

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, service entrances and equipment, special occupancies and hazardous locations, 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 offer a seminar to prepare for the North Carolina Electrical Specialty Restricted Single Family Dwelling contractor license exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.