standards and codes.
electrical work conforming to applicable standards and codes.
maintenance typically encountered in a permanent dwelling unit.
How was the NASCLA Accredited
Electrical Examination Program
NASCLA invited Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from across
the country to a series of workshops to develop a job analysis
for each examination. The SMEs had a broad and diverse
background in the electrical field, including a variety of experience
in residential, commercial, industrial, high-voltage, low-voltage,
photovoltaic, electrical signs, and other specialized work.
Following the initial SME Workshops, NASCLA conducted
national surveys of electricians in each examination category.
Survey recipients were compiled through lists provided by state
regulatory agencies along with partner associations working with
NASCLA throughout this process. The survey asked respondents
to review the job analysis for each category and to rate the
frequency and importance of the knowledge and skills needed to
perform each task. A representative sample of survey responses
was received from all states to confirm whether the SMEs
were on point in the creation of each job analysis. In follow up
workshops, the SMEs used these responses to revise or ratify the
Finally, the SMEs created the questions for each examination.
With guidance from NASCLA’s Psychometrician, the SMEs
crafted, evaluated and verified over 1,000 questions, covering the
knowledge and skills needed for each job type.
Regulatory agencies can review the scope of work described
in the Job Analysis for each examination—as well as the Test
Specifications—and make informed decisions about choosing
the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program as their
How will the examinations be
The examinations have been designed to make it easy for
regulatory agencies to implement. The exams will be housed on
a third-party hosted server that will allow each agency to utilize
their preferred testing administrator to give the examinations.
Each testing administrator will also be able to use their current
scheduling system to register and schedule examinees for the
How are examination results stored
Once a candidate has taken and passed a NASCLA Accredited
Examination, their information is stored in the NASCLA National
Examination Database (NED). Candidates can electronically send
a regulatory agency their transcript through the database to
alert the agency that they have passed one (1) or more of the
examinations. Regulatory agencies can then pair the transcript
with the candidate’s license application.
Who created the NASCLA Accredited
Electrical Examination Program?
The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program was
initiated by the National Association of State Contractors
Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) in cooperation with the following
• National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
• Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC)
• National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
• International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI)
• Western Electrical Contractors Association (WECA)
Who is NASCLA?
The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
(NASCLA) was formed in 1962 for the mutual assistance of its
members in striving for the better regulation of the construction
industry to protect the health, welfare and safety of the general
public. It has since grown to a membership of forty-one (41)
contractor licensing agencies in twenty-seven (27) states,
Washington, D.C., two (2) territories, and one (1) foreign country