Pass The California Electrician Certification Exam!


GENERAL ELECTRICIAN CERTIFICATION – If you possess over 8000 hrs of COMMERCIAL or INDUSTRIAL electrical experience, you are qualified to take the California General Electrician Certification Exam

RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICIAN CERTIFICATION – If you possess over 4800 hrs of RESIDENTIAL electrical experience, you qualify to take the California Residential Electrician Certification Exam.


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Get your California Certified Electrician Card, work as an electrician in California legally.

Get Certified! California law requires all working electricians to be licensed if working for a C-10 Contractor as a General Electrician, Residential Electrician, or Fire/Life Safety, Voice Data Video, or Nonresidential Lighting Technician If you do not possess current California Electrician certification, you are working illegally.

Get your Certified California Electrician Card. Pass your Exam!

Enhance your career as a certified electrician. Certified electricians command higher pay and enjoy greater job security. Any electrician making connections greater than 100-volt amps working for a C-10 Contractor must be certified or operating illegally. Any uncertified electrician claiming to be certified can be prohibited from taking the certification exam for seven (7) years.


How? Because TLC Works: Our programs are among the most successful, comprehensive, and affordable training and exam preparation programs available anywhere.

We provide a comprehensive strategy to pass the CA Electrical Certification exam and “navigate” the 2017 NEC. You will quickly become an expert at finding the answers to exam questions rapidly and accurately.

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Five Reasons to Enlist TLC to help pass your California Exam.

  1. TLC has over fifteen years of experience educating electricians on navigating the code and passing state-required electrician tests. We are experts at helping California electricians pass the general and residential electrical exam!
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  3. Our online study center contains over 1300 multiple choice questions taken directly from the 2017 NEC (the basis of the California state test), as well as timed simulated full-length practice exams.
  4. We guarantee YOU WILL PASS YOUR EXAM! If you don’t pass your California Electrician exam after two attempts, We offer a full refund see details.
  5. We have a 98% Pass Rate!  Thousands of electricians have used our study courses. Our students pass the exam with a minimum of 50 hours of study time.


As shown by the table above, The Electrical Certification Exam is an exceedingly difficult 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.

OUR STUDENTS PASS, we guarantee it!  Our students enjoy a 98%+ pass rate!

Consultants are available at 866-685-8564 – Mon-Fri 7 am to 10 pm PST to answer any of your questions.

Course Breakdown – This course covers the CA General Electrician exam & CA Residental Electrician Exam

Study and test at home! Don’t waste time commuting to a classroom when you can study conveniently in your home or office. Our program is a proven, reliable, and affordable way to pass the California Electrician Certification exam.

Each student has access to the following online study guides as well as  online study questions and timed full-length simulated exams.

Basic Electrical Theory – eBook

  • AC Current
  • Simple AC Current Calculations
  • AC Phase
  • Phase Rotation
  • Single-Phase Power Systems
  • Three-Phase Power Systems
  • Three-Phase Y and Delta Configurations
  • Measurements AC Magnitude
  • Power in Resistive and Reactive AC Circuits
  • Calculating Power Factor
  • Practical Power Factor Correction
  • Kirchhoff’s law.

Supplemental Study  eBook

  • Ohms Law Tutorial
  • Prints & Specifications Tutorial
    • Wire Color Codes
    • Electronic Symbols
    • Electrical Diagrams
  • Digital Multimeters

Navigating the 2017 NEC eBook

  • How to quickly reference the NEC
  • Code reference speed drills
  • Table of Contents
    • Layout and structure of the codebook
  • How to use the Index
  • TLC System for answering test questions
    • 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

An introduction to the NFPA 70E eBook

  • About NFPA 70E
  • Purpose of NFPA 70E
  • Table of Contents
  • NFPA 70E Brief Overview

An introduction to the Cal OSHA Safety Guide – eBook

  • 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

ONLINE STUDY CENTER  –  Study Questions and Practice Exams


Access Study Questions and Simulated Exams From Any Device With Internet Access! Online features include 1300+ practice questions, virtual flashcards, chapter exams, and unlimited simulated final exams.

These questions provide the framework for you to practice locating the answers to exam questions through the use of the 2017 NEC Codebook. The process of constantly utilizing the codebook to answer practice questions will build up the speed and code knowledge you need to successfully pass your electrical exam.

Four Modes of study!

  • STUDY MODE This mode covers all California electrical exam questions and answers within our course.  (Organized as Question – Answer – Code Location.)
    • GENERAL TRADE KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS (General electrical questions not in the code)
    • CALCULATION QUESTIONS (Load Calculations, Conduit Fill, etc.)
  • FLASHCARD MODE: Online Virtual Flashcards provide randomized access to our entire question set, an ideal setting to practice exam questions. (Organized as Question – Answer – Code Location)
  • CHAPTER TESTS: Provide real-time feedback on each section of our study materials, enabling you to concentrate on sections that need improvement.
  • SIMULATED FINAL EXAMS: Simulates the taking of your actual PSI Electrician exam.
Simulated Finals Are:
    • FULL LENGHT (Exact same number of questions)
    • TIMED (Exact same amount of time allowed)
    • RANDOMIZED (Questions are randomized; all exams are unique.)
    • PROPERLY BALANCED (Balanced according to the Candidate Information Bulletin guaranteeing a realistic exam simulation.)

Take as Many Simulated Final Exams as you Want! ( These exams help you to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to pass your electrical exam effortlessly)

ONE YEAR ONLINE ACCESS: Full access membership to our online study center. Experience the convenience of learning at home, or in the office, saving valuable travel time to an in-person course.

Our program is a reliable, affordable way to prepare for the California Electrician Exam. 


Frequently Asked Questions 

Common exam questions answered here! 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 100 volt-amps or higher connection 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 be certified if you are a sole owner and hold the C10 license under your 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;

Full-length formal apprenticeship training *
On the job experience **

See CCR Title 8 Regulations § 291.1 Eligibility for Certification. for complete details.

*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.


  • General Electrician: “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 Electrician: 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: A third-party testing center, PSI administers the exam. 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 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 874 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 precisely how to find the correct answers in the code.

We prepare you for exam success by providing extensive knowledge of the code’s structure and 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 continuously 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 20 testing locations across California. Also, out of state testing location is in Las Vegas, Nevada.

​To see a complete listing of all locations, reference pages 2-4 of the  Electrical Certification Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)


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.

To cancel or reschedule your exam, contact PSI at least two days before your exam date.  PSI maintains 20 testing locations across California. Also, out of state testing locations are found in Las Vegas, Nevada.

​To see a complete listing of all testing locations, reference pages 2-4 of the  Electrical Certification Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB)

Please Click for a complete list of DIR Electrical Certification FAQs.

California Certification Exam Applications

If you are not certified and are taking the Ca Electrician exam, you must submit both:

If you previously passed your Electrician Certification Exam but failed to complete your continuing education before your renewal deadline, use the RENEWAL APPLICATION FOR ELECTRICIAN CERTIFICATION form DLSE-ECF6 (10/2015) 

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Free California Electrical Certification Test

Pass our 25-question Free California Electrician Exam, and see where you stand! These free journeyman exam practice questions, based on the 2017 NEC, are similar to those on the California electrical certification exam.

Use your codebook to answer the following California Electrician Certification Exam questions.

  • PASS –If you correctly answer twenty+ of these free CA electrician exam practice questions, great job!
  • FAIL – If you miss four or more questions, order this course and learn to pass your CA Electrician Exam.

Use the 2017 (NEC) National Electrical Code) to solve these CA electrical certification exam practice questions.

Welcome to your California 2017 NEC Practice Quiz

What is the demand factor applied in calculating feeder or service conductor load for a commercial kitchen having four electrical ovens?
What is the minimum size THWN branch circuit conductor required for a 20 HP, 480-volt, 3 Phase Induction type squirrel cage motor with nameplate FLI of 26.5 amps?
For a one-family dwelling with a 200 ampere, 120/240-volt, single-phase main service panel, supplied with size 2/0 AWG THW copper ungrounded service-entrance conductors in rigid metal conduit (RMC), what is the minimum allowed size of bonding jumper for the service-entrance conduit?
With 15-kW or less on portable generators manufactured before __________ , listed cord sets or adapters incorporating listed GFCI protection are allowed to be used to meet the GFCI requirement.
What is the minimum size THW copper branch-circuit conductor required by the NEC for a 3-phase, continuous-duty, ac motor drawing 70 amperes for phase, when all terminations are rated for 75° C?
Lighting and trolley busway must be installed __________ ft. or more above the floor or working platform, unless a cover is provided that is identified for the purpose.
Electrical nonmetallic tubing (ENT) shall be securely fastened in place within __________ of each cabinet, device box, fitting, junction box, or outlet box where it terminates.
What is the minimum size for a copper grounding electrode conductor attached to the concrete-encased steel reinforcing bars used as a grounding electrode, when the ungrounded service-entrance conductors for a residence are size 3/0 AWG copper conductors?
The material selected for a grounding electrode conductor should be protected from corrosion or resist any __________ condition extant at the installation.
If the sum of PV system voltages of two monopole subarrays in a bipolar PV system exceeds the rating of the conductors and connected equipment, they must be__________.
A location used to house four or more persons incapable of self-preservation due to age; mental limitations, mental illness or chemical dependency; or physical limitation due to accident or illness on a(n) __________ basis is a limited care facility.
Grounding electrode conductor or bonding jumper connections to a grounding electrode must be accessible. A buried or encased connection in a __________ buried, or driven grounding electrode is not required to be accessible.
What is the minimum rating for a service disconnecting means when supplied with a 120/240-volt, 3-wire, single phase service for a one-family dwelling?
During lightning events, limiting the length of the primary protector grounding conductors for communications circuits assists in reducing voltage between the buildings communications systems and __________.
General-use dimmer switches shall be used only to control permanently installed ___________ luminaries (lighting fixtures).
On a metal wireway cross-section, what is the maximum percent that may be occupied by conductors, splices, and taps at any point?
What is the minimum volume, in inches, required of a two (2) gang device box that is to contain two (2) size 14/2 AWG with ground NM cables and two (2) size 12/2 AWG with ground NM cables connected to a duplex receptacle connected to a single-pole switch, which also contain four (4) cable clamps?
What is the minimum allowable trade size intermediate metal conduit (IMC) required to contain a total of ten (10) copper THW conductors in a 20 foot run, five (5) size 1 AWG and five (5) size 3 AWG?
A test of the complete legally required standby system when installed must be conducted and witnessed by the __________.
The minimum required size 75° C rated copper conductors for a demand load of 200 amperes when installed in an area with an expected ambient temperature of 120° F is __________.
Which insulation gives conductors a greater ampacity when used in a dry location rather than a wet location?
If a pole is over 8 ft. in height, a __________ terminal must be accessible from a handhole.
Conductors, based on the __________°C temperature rating and ampacity as given in Table 310.60(C)(67) through Table 310.60(C)(86), may be terminated unless otherwise identified.
For equipment rated 1200 amperes or more and over 6 feet wide that contain overcurrent devices, there shall be one entrance to and egress from the required working space not less than __________ inches wide and __________ feet high at each end of the working space.
For required disconnecting means for a fluorescent luminaire, which of the following statements is true?
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