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Our textbooks and online study center contain over 1000 multiple choice questions taken directly from the 2017 NEC (the basis of the California State test), as well as numerous full-length practice exams.
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THE ELECTRICAL CERTIFICATION EXAM IS AN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT EXAM WITH A VERY HIGH FAILURE RATE.
As shown by the table above, The Electrical Certification Exam is an exceedingly tricky exam with a very high failure rate. You are permitted to take the exam up to 6 times per original application. You must wait for two months between test dates and pay the State an additional $100 per attempt.
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Certification Course Breakdown
This course covers the General Electrician exam and the Residential Electrician exam.
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Textbook – Breakdown of the 2017 NEC
- How to quickly reference the NEC
- Code reference speed drills
- Table of Contents
- How to use the Index
- Layout and structure of the codebook
- Keyword Identification – How to identify the subject of a question
- Example questions are broken down for your review
- Practice questions with answers fully mapped out
- TLC System for answering test questions
Textbook – An introduction to the NFPA 70E
- About NFPA 70E
- Purpose of NFPA 70E
- Table of Contents
- NFPA 70E Brief Overview
Textbook – An introduction to the Cal OSHA Safety Guide
- How to quickly reference the Cal OSHA Safety Guide
- Table of Contents – (As applied to electrical)
- Layout and structure of the codebook
- Cal Osha Brief Overview
Textbook – Basic Electrical Theory
- AC Current
- Single Phase Power Systems
- 3 Phase Power Systems
- Measurements AC Magnitude
- Calculating Power Factor
- Kirchhoff’s law
- Ohms Law
- Print Specifications
- Digital Multimeters
ONLINE STUDY CENTER – Practice Exams & Study Questions
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- 2017 NEC Practice Questions by Chapter (Question, Answer, and Explanation)
- 2017 NEC Practice Flash Cards (Randomized, throughout entire codebook)
- 2017 NEC Practice Exams by Chapter
- Multiple Simulated Final Exams (Randomized, every exam is unique)
SIMULATED PRACTICE EXAMS: Chapter tests and final exams allow you to check your progress while you master our study material. Practice tests provide real-time feedback and enable you to concentrate only on subjects needing improvement. Practice exams help you rapidly gain confidence and knowledge to pass your Electrical Certification Exam effortlessly.
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THIS PROGRAM REQUIRES YOU TO HAVE A COPY OF THE 2014 (NEC) INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC CODE. IF YOU DO NOT OWN A COPY OF THE CODEBOOK, YOU SHOULD ACQUIRE ONE IMMEDIATELY.
Exam Study Tips
Use the following strategies to more effectively prepare for the California Electrician Certification test and to improve your overall test score.
SET YOURSELF UP TO PASS THE EXAM.
PREPARE FOR YOUR EXAM IN ADVANCE: It is best to begin preparing long before the day of your exam. Make it a habit of completing your reading assignments and frequently review lecture notes. Also, develop an outline of the main topics and concepts that will be covered during your exam, then use this sheet to study.
These tips will help you memorize the essential facts and other information you must know to pass.
MAKE TIME TO STUDY: Create a study schedule and stick to it. Consistently make time for studying.
Work and other activities can hijack your study time, so be sure to set aside at least 60-120 Min per day so you can adequately study for your exam.
STUDY REGULARLY: consistently study every day during the workweek Monday – Friday. And take your weekends off.
DON’T OVERSTUDY and BURN OUT. Enjoy your weekend.
PAY ATTENTION TO THE TRAINING PROGRAM: Do not concentrate on memorizing the practice questions, Instead focus on looking up the answers in the codebook. The practice questions mean nothing. Being able to find solutions to the problems in the codebook means everything.
When you master the codebook, you master the exam,
USE THE LAST THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR EXAM FOR A LIGHT REVIEW: Go over your notes, reading assignments, practice exams, and other materials.
DO NOT POWER STUDY the last couple of days before your exam. If you don’t know it now, you might as well reschedule.
THE DAY BEFORE YOUR EXAM
DO NOT POWER STUDY THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR EXAM: Getting plenty of rest and exercising will enhance your ability to perform well on the California Journeyman Electrician exam.
Make sure you eat a light, nutritious meal before taking your examination to be alert and focused.
GO TO BED EARLY THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR EXAM: It is unwise to stay up all night studying before a test. Get plenty of sleep the night before your exam.
While spending extra time preparing seems like it will improve your score, don’t power study the night before your exam. You will do worse on the test if you to show up for your examination tired or worn out.
THE DAY OF YOUR EXAM
EAT FOR SUCCESS: Eat a nourishing but lite breakfast/lunch, You want to be sharp, focused, and alert for your exam not tired, bloated or hungry. Fruits such as blueberries, Healthy Protein such as fish or eggs, Nuts, etc. are all excellent choices.
Eat the food that makes you feel your best and most alert.
ARRIVE AT THE TEST CENTER EARLY: Arrive at the test center at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the examination.
Don’t be late. You may not be allowed into the exam center and forfeit your $100 test fee.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR “BUSINESS” BEFORE THE EXAM: Be sure to use the restroom before your exam begins. If you must visit the bathroom during the test, it can waste time and break your concentration. In many cases, you may not be allowed to leave the examination area once your exam begins.
Not being allowed to use the restroom can be extraordinarily uncomfortable and adversely affect your final score.
READ THE DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY
- Each question has only one correct answer.
- Do not leave any questions blank. It is better to guess than not answer. A blank answer is an automatic wrong answer.
TAKE YOUR EXAM IN PASSES
Pass 1) Answer all the easy questions first. Write down the question numbers of more difficult questions. Then rate them from one to three, with one being “I can answer this with a little work” and three beings “I don’t have a clue.”
Pass 2) Read the test a second time and answer more difficult questions. Answer all questions rated as ONE now.
Pass 3) Read the test a third time and answer more difficult questions. Answer all questions you rated as TWO now.
Pass 4) answer the questions rated THREE by utilizing the “identify wrong answer system” listed below.
STRATEGIES FOR ANSWERING DIFFICULT QUESTIONS: WHEN YOU NEED TO GUESS THE ANSWER.
- Eliminate answers you know to be incorrect.
- Give each answer the “true-false test:” This may reduce your selection to the best solution.
- Question answers that grammatically don’t fit with the question.
- Question answers that are unfamiliar to you.
- Question answers that contain negative or absolute words. Try substituting a qualified term for the absolute one. For example, frequently for always; or typical for every to see if you can eliminate an option.
DIFFERENT STRATEGIES FOR DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANSWERS:
- All of the above: If you know two of four options seem correct, “all of the above” is a strong possibility
- Number answers: Ignore the high and low answer and consider the middle range numbers
- Look-alike options: if multiple answers look alike, probably one of them is correct. Choose the best solution but eliminate choices that mean virtually the same thing, and thus cancel each other out.
- Opposite options: If two options are opposite each other, chances are one of them is correct
- You should favor options that contain qualifiers: The result is longer, more inclusive items that better fill the role of the answer
- If two alternatives seem right, compare them for differences, then refer to the question to find your best solution.
ART OF GUESSING: How to identify WRONG answers while determining the BEST solution:
Always guess instead of leaving the answer blank, there is no penalty.
- Use hints from questions you know to answer questions you do not.
- Change your first answers ONLY when you are sure of the correction, or other cues in the test cue you to change. Remember that you are looking for the best answer, not only a correct one.
Eliminate the wrong answers first – Most exam questions feature one or more responses which are unmistakably wrong:
For example, let’s look at this question:
Question: The ground terminals for a lightning protection system must be bonded to the __________ of the building or structure.
- Foundation rebar
- The frame
- Grounding electrode
- Lightning rod electrode
Start by looking for BAD answers first, look at the question, and compare it to the various responses.
(1). Foundation Rebar: When answering exam questions, you need to pull from your experience in construction. While foundation rebar is a large amount of metal, it is encased in concrete and purposely kept away from direct content with the earth. Disqualify this answer.
(2) The frame? Well, if it is a mobile home, it may have a frame. If so, you certainly are not going to use it to ground. Disqualify this answer.
(3) Grounded electrode system: This answer looks like a winner. when putting it into the exam question, it now reads
The ground terminals for a lightning protection system must be bonded to the grounding electrode system of the building or structure.
This answer is now my hot contender for my best guess!
(4) Lightning Rod Electrode This answer is specific to the question! It hits on a particular keyword in the exam question, lightning protection system. Four also looks like a possible choice for the answer. Which to choose?
CONCLUSION: We have immediately eliminated both (1) and (2), so guessing the correct answer (3) or (4) is now 50/50 instead of having only a 25% chance of getting it right. But which exam answer is the most correct
ACCURATELY SELECTING THE CORRECT ANSWER:
Let’s look at (3) and (4) to see if we can’t improve our choice to the right answer.
(3) A grounding electrode system in context with the question would be the Grounding Electrode (system) of the building or structure. This answer is the big picture answer. While (4) lightning rod electrode is a specific piece of equipment that may or may not exist. If it does exist, it would be a part of the building’s grounded electrode system.
To help solidify your best guess quickly, look in article 100 definitions. If a lightning rod conductor is a specific piece of equipment, you should find it there.
Article 100 (Grounding Electrode. A conducting object through which a direct connection to earth is established. CMP-5)
Article 100 (Lightning Rod Conductor. Nothing whatsoever
Thus I would choose (3) Grounding Electrode System as it is the best, most complete answer.
The Correct Answer is (3)
TEST SITE POLICY:
The California General Electrician exam is a closed-book examination. No reference materials are allowed during the exam. You will not be permitted entry with any reference materials.
The Exam – the California General Electrician exam is an open book 100 question exam (for General Electrician) four-choice multiple-choice exam. You will have four choices per question. Some questions may require mathematical computation.
All exam questions are written to provide only one BEST answer and NOT written as trick questions.
All correct answers have the same point value. It is better to try to answer a question. By answering all questions, you have a chance to get them right (and earn points). When you leave a question blank, it’s automatically scored as wrong. (you lose points). Ample time is provided to answer all exam questions, so be sure to read all questions and answers entirely and carefully before selecting the BEST possible solution to the problem.
To cancel or reschedule your exam, contact the CSLB before your exam date. You are allowed to reschedule one time for free. After that, you are required to pay an additional fee of $60 to be assigned new exam date.
The CSLB operates eight testing centers across California. These centers are in
Frequently Asked Questions-Please check with your State Board for current information. Licensing requirements change and our site may not have been updated to reflect those changes.
QUESTION: Who is required to have a California certified electrician license.?
ANSWER: Any electrician working for a C10 Electrical contractor who uses the tools and makes a connection of 100 volt-amps or higher must be certified.
Rules for who is required to be certified are found in Labor Code section 108.2 (b), Labor Code section 108 (c)
QUESTION: I am a C-10 Contractor, do I have to be certified?
ANSWER: No and Yes.
No, you do not need to to be certified if you are a sole owner and hold the C10 license under your own name and you are performing the work directly under that license.
Yes, you must be certified if you work for another C-10 contractor and are working and paid as an employee.
For example, if you are paid to your social security number vs being paid to your contractor’s license number you must also be certified.
QUESTION: What are the qualifications required for taking the exam?
ANSWER: You must have either;
– ONE: Full-length formal apprenticeship training OR
– TWO: On the job experience.
ONE: Full-length formal apprenticeship training OR
TWO: On the job experience.
See CCR Title 8 Regulations § 291.1 Eligibility for Certification. for complete details
ONE: APPRENTICESHIP TRAINING: You must have completed a formal apprenticeship program approved by the California Apprenticeship Council, the federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, or an approved State apprenticeship council authorized by the federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, in the classification for which certification is sought.
TWO: ON THE JOB EXPERIENCE:
- General Electricians: “The master license”, must have over 8000 Hrs (4 yrs) of work experience with a C10 contractor maintaining, installing or constructing residential and commercial or industrial electrical systems covered by the NEC.
“Anyone holding general electrician certification can perform work as a General Electrician; Residential Electrician; Voice Data Video Technician; or Non-Residential Lighting Technician.”
- Residential Electricians: Must have 4800 Hrs (2+ yrs) of work experience with a C10 contractor maintaining, installing or constructing residential electrical systems covered by the NEC.
- Fire Life Safety Technician; Must have 4000 Hrs (2 yrs) of work experience with a C10 contractor maintaining, installing or constructing residential electrical systems as covered by Article 760 of the NEC. Additionally, you must have NICET certification in fire alarm systems at Level II or above.
QUESTION: How do I sign up for the exam?
ANSWER: The exam is administered by a third-party testing center, PSI. You can contact PSI to schedule your exam at (800) 733-9267 4:30 am to 7 pm Mon-Fri or between 6: am to 2:30 pm Saturday, (Pacific Time)
QUESTION: Why should someone study this course if the certification exam is an open-book test?
ANSWER: The electrical certification test is a very challenging exam and usually requires a month or more of preparation to pass. Every contractor we have interviewed, holding both a C-10 license and the Electrical Certification card said passing their C10 Contractors exam was easy compared to passing their California Electrical Certification exam.
The 2017 NEC is a large and complex publication containing over 1000 pages of code. It is challenging to locate each correct article and answer in the time allowed during the exam without thorough preparation.
Our course is designed to familiarize you with the 2017 NEC. You will know exactly how to find the correct answers in the code.
We prepare you to successfully pass your exam by providing extensive knowledge of the structure of the code and by thoroughly covering each subject appearing on your CA Electrical Certification Exam.
QUESTION: Why is a copy of the 2017 NEC required by this course?
ANSWER: The California Electrical Certification Exam is based on the 2017 NEC. This course is an excellent study companion to the 2017 NEC. This course makes frequent references to code sections and guides you through the exam topics.
The Ca Electrical Certification Exam is an open-book code exam. To pass you must constantly reference the 2017 National Electrical Code.
The following codebooks are provided to you by the testing center.
- the NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code, 2017 Edition.
- the NFPA 70E – Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace
- the CAL/OSHA – Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry, updated 2015
QUESTION: How do I apply to take the exam?
ANSWER: You are required to fill out and submit the Application for Electrician Examination & Certification. Please print and fill it out as accurately as possible. Your signature is proof that all listed hours of experience are as accurate as possible.
You are also required to provide a copy of the SSA Form 7050 Employment History Report with your application.
“NOTE: Do not order this report online. It can take up to 6 months for you to receive it. Instead, walk into your local Social Security office and pick it up in person over the counter.”
QUESTION: Where do I go to take my exam?
ANSWER: PSI. maintains 22 testing locations across California. Also, out of state testing locations are also found in Oregon and Nevada.
To see a complete listing of all locations, reference pages 2-4 of the Electrical Certification Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)
Please check with your State Board for current information. Licensing requirements change and our site may not have been updated to reflect those changes.