Protective Resources is the premier provider of training for individuals who are planning to take the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractor SP-FA/LV examination. Our one-day class, “Preparing for the North Carolina SP-FA/LV Electrical Examination,” is a proven method for applicants to learn about the exam and to review the major topics it covers. We have classroom exercises that emphasize using the exam references, including many charts and tables, to derive the correct exam answers.

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Class FAQ

The best source for all information about the North Carolina Electrical Contractor Examination in the SP-FA/LV classification is the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors (NCBEEC). Their website and contact information, along with many helpful documents and resources, can be found at The information in this FAQ relates to our class and is not reviewed or approved by the NCBEEC. It is always your responsibility to verify rules and requirements with the NCBEEC.

When does the class start and end?

We start promptly at 8:00 AM, unless otherwise noted, and finish at 5:00 PM. A one-hour lunch break usually begins between 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM. Lunch is not included in the class fees. The class also takes several shorter breaks during the day.

What materials does a student receive at the class session?

Each student receives a bound copy of handouts that includes a course outline and copies of all presentation material; a copy of Title 21 NCAC 18B; and an extensive set of practice examination questions, along with a practice questions answer key with references. We do not provide Code books as part of the class.

What do I need to bring to class?

We recommend that students bring a copy of the National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2017) and the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72-2013), as well as pens or pencils to take notes. Your student workbook has plenty of room for notes.

What are the references for the examination questions?

The current references are:

  • National Electrical Code (NFPA 70-2017)
  • National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72-2013)
  • Title 21 NCAC 18B (Board’s Rules for the Implementation of the Electrical Contractors Licensing Law)
  • Business and Project Management for Contractors (NC Edition)

Like most states, North Carolina periodically adopts newer editions of Codes. However, the NCBEEC will provide notification of such changes in their newsletter and on their website. If you have any questions about which references are currently in use, contact the Board’s representatives.

Is the examination open-book?

Yes, but you will be provided with the required references when you go to take the examination. You will be given a copy of NFPA 70 and NFPA 72 to use during the examination. You will not receive a copy of 21 NCAC 18B or Business and Project Management for Contractors. You may not bring any materials, written or otherwise, or any electronic aids when you take the examination.

Can I study and practice for the examination using a different edition of the Codes?

Certainly, but this class will reference the editions used as the basis for the examination. Unfortunately, we cannot take time during the class session to provide cross-references with other editions of the Codes, or examine changes to the Codes. We strongly recommend that students study the same editions of the Codes that they will be using for the examination in order to maximize the likelihood of success.

How many questions about fire alarm systems are on the examination?

Effective in 2010, the North Carolina SP-LV license classification was changed to the SP-FA/LV classification. The current examination now has at least 15 questions about fire alarm systems. The class includes presentation and study materials intended to help students with less fire alarm experience to learn more about the design, installation, and service requirements for fire alarm systems.

Does this class count as continuing education?

This course, when offered during fiscal year, meets the requirements of the North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors for 8 contact hours of continuing education (CE) credit. This course is not sponsored by the Board. NCBEEC CE credit is only available for current licensees or qualified individuals in the SP-FA/LV license classification. Students must already be licensed or qualified at the time they take the course to earn CE credits. You may also find that this course will be accepted for CE credits for other licensing or certification programs. However, it is the student’s responsibility to verify this. Each student will receive a signed certificate of attendance for the course.

Does the class include a practice examination?

The class schedule does not allow time for a practice examination session, but the student workbook includes over 70 practice questions and answers for use by the student as he/she prepares to take the examination.

How long should I wait after taking the class to take the examination?

It is up to the individual student, but most students find that they need at least 10 to 14 days to review the class materials and practice taking the examination questions before taking the actual examination.

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We are also happy to provide a quotation on presenting private class sessions for two or more students. If you are planning on sending two or more students to our regular class, it may be more economical to have us bring the class to you.  We are also able to offer coaching sessions, if you think you need more personalized help to ensure being successful.