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With over 17 years of experience preparing candidates for the contractor exams for the trade and Business, Law and Management, Contractor School Online (CSO) is your primary resource to help you pass your State Contractor License Exam! We offer online practice tests, study materials, books, CD-ROMs, crash courses and more depending on the state and trade.

To become a certified contractor you must pass a Business and Law exam in many states and, depending on the classification you need, you may need to pass a trade exam as well. If you are unsure what your classification requires, please use our Information Request Form.

Contractor School Online (CSO) will assist you with their professional consultants and provide study materials, also practice tests for the Business, Law, and Management and your trade if available. If purchases are made elsewhere make sure the correct author, title and year are appropriate for the trade.

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Electrical Contractor Examinations and Alarm Systems State License Information

 

The exams are based on these content outlines.

Business, Law and Management Manual, includes all the terms and concepts needed to help you prepare for the Business, Law and Management exam. The chapters represent the topics covered in the content outline. You may use the manual during the Business and Law exam.  

Only approved references are allowed for open-book exams.

The NFPA-70 – National Electrical Code, 2011 Edition will be supplied to candidates at the test center.  

A score report will be mailed to you approximately 10 business days after your exam date.  

Passing Score - A score of 70 percent or above is required to pass each exam and you must pass all three exams before you are eligible to apply for a license. Scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly.   

Electrical Contractors Exams

A candidate must pass the electrical contractor, alarm systems electrical contractor, and business and law exams to qualify to be licensed as a New Jersey electrical contractor. 

Each outline indicates the total questions on the exam and the maximum time allowed. It also lists all topics covered in the exam and the approximate percentage of questions asked about each topic. A score of 70 percent or above is required to pass each exam. All exams consist of multiple-choice questions with all questions weighted equally. Some questions may require the use of arithmetic and/or simple algebra. Some questions may refer to a figure drawing, table or chart located Code book. 

Exam References Each outline lists all references that were used to develop the exams, including the references that are allowed in the exam room. Some information found in the references does not apply to the exams. 

Electrical Exam Content Outlines

Business, Law and Management Exam

Open Book, 50 questions, 2 hours 

Exam Topic %

Business Organization 4

Licensing 10

Estimating and Bidding 14

Contract Management 16

Project Management 10

Risk Management 8

Safety 8

Labor Laws 8

Financial Management 10

Tax Law 6

Lien Law 6 

References - NOTE: The following references were used to develop this exam and are allowed in the test center. 

1. Business, Law and Management Manual

2. IRS Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide, Publication 15, Current Year Edition 

Electrical Contractor Exam

Open Book, 100 questions, 4 hours 

Scope – An Electrical Contractor may engage in the business of contracting to install, erect, repair or alter electrical equipment for the generation, transmission or utilization of electrical energy. 

Exam Topic %

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Raceways and Enclosures 10

Services, Feeders, and Branch Circuits 10

Overcurrent Protection 5

Conductors and Cables 9

Grounding and Bonding 16

Equipment for General Use 9

Special Occupancies 5

Special Equipment and Conditions 5

Motors and Controls 12

Low Voltage and Communications Circuits 6

Safety 3 

Reference - The following reference is provided in the test center.

1.    National Electrical Code 

Alarm Systems Contractor Exam

Open Book, 50 questions, 2-1/2 hours 

Scope – An Alarm Systems Contractor may contract to install, repair, maintain, place, and connect equipment and wiring for fire detection and alarm and intrusion alarm systems. Connection to the power source shall be by cord and plug only, to receptacles installed by the holder of the appropriate license. 

Exam Topic %

General Electrical Knowledge 10

Fire Detection 24

Intrusion Detection 24

Power Supplies 10

Signaling Circuits 10

Grounding and Bonding 6

Raceways and Enclosures 6

Conductors and Cables 6

Special Occupancies 4 

References - The following reference is provided in the test center.

1.    NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code 

The following reference may be used during the exam. You must bring in your own copy of this reference.

NFPA-72 – National Fire Alarm Code

Security: A Guide to Security System Design and Equipment Selection and Installation, Second Edition, 1994.

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