The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) has partnered with several industry stakeholders to create one nationally recognized accredited trade examination for electricians. Through administering state agencies, NASCLA will offer (3) different open book electrical trade examinations through the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program:
Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from around the country came together to work with NASCLA in developing the job analyses for each examination to represent the work performed in jurisdictions throughout the United States. NASCLA conducted national surveys of electricians in each category to aid the SMEs in the creation of each job analysis. The SMEs developed items based on the job analysis and vetted those questions during follow-up meetings. These job analyses, questions, and examinations were developed under the highest national psychometric and electrical standards.
The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program has been developed to: improve the overall quality and validity of trade licensing examinations in general for electricians; participating states will provide contractor mobility by allowing electricians the opportunity to cross state borders without having to take multiple electrical examinations.
As of August 15, 2018, the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program was ready for state adoption.
The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program's administration process will differ from the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors. Candidates will only be able to take an examination within the program through an administering regulatory agency; it will not be available as a national, stand alone examination through an independent testing provider. Candidates must apply with the administering state agency to become approved to take an electrical examination through the program.
Once a candidate has taken and passed a NASCLA Accredited Examination, their information is stored in the NASCLA National Examination Database (NED). Candidates can then electronically send a state agency their transcript through the database to alert the agency that they have passed one or more of the examinations. State agencies can then pair the transcript with the candidate’s license application.