What’s the difference between Primary and Secondary Electrical Experience in NC?

Primary experience is obtained while working directly in the installation of electrical wiring and equipment in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). The table below shows the types of work through which you might get primary electrical experience and the creditable percentage of such experience.

Primary Electrical Experience in North Carolina
Type of Electrical WorkCreditable Percentage
Journeyman electrician or electrician mechanic, both meaning the same 100%
Electrical foreman 100%
Electrical general foreman 100%
Electrical superintendent 100%
Electrical general superintendent 100%
Estimator for licensed electrical contractor 100%
Electrical inspector recognized as such by the State Department of Insurance 100%
Time spent by a professional engineer who is responsible for follow-up project supervision, beyond the point of delivery, in electrical engineering, design consulting 100%
Full-time instructor teaching National Electrical Code, NFPA 72 and related electrical courses at a college, university, community college, technical institute, high school or vocational school 80%
maintenance journeyman electrician or electrician mechanic employed in a full-time electrical maintenance department 100%
Time actually spent in electrical maintenance by a maintenance journeyman electrician or electrician mechanic regularly employed in other than a full-time electrical maintenance department 100%
Military person holding an electrician rating or rank of at least E-4 who is engaged in land based electrical installations similar or equivalent to work performed by an electrical contractor 100%
Time actually spent in part-time or incidental work in any primary experience category 100%
time actually spent installing or maintaining fire alarm/low voltage systems 100%
time as a holder of NICET certification on NFPA 72 Level I, II, III or IV applicable to Fire Alarm-Low Voltage only 100%
2,000 hours shall equal one creditable year

 

Secondary experience is obtained while engaged in work or training that is related to the installation of electrical wiring and equipment in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). The table below shows the types of work through which you might get secondary electrical experience and the creditable percentage of such experience.

 

Secondary Electrical Experience in North Carolina
Type of Electrical WorkCreditable Percentage
Apprentice electrician training in an apprentice program approved by the NC Department of Labor 100%
Time spent as an apprentice electrician or helper 80%
Time actually spent in electrical maintenance by a maintenance apprentice or electrician helper regularly employed in other than a full-time electrical maintenance department 80%
student satisfactorily completing National Electrical Code and related electrical courses at a college, university, community college, technical institute, high school or vocational school 50%
Time spent by a professional engineer who is not responsible for follow-up project supervision, beyond the point of delivery, in electrical engineering, design, or consulting; 50%
Electrical construction design under the supervision of a professional engineer 50%
Sales representative for an electrical wholesaler, distributor, or manufacturer 20%
Appliance service and repair 20%
Electric utility lineman 10%
Electric utility serviceman 20%
2,000 hours shall equal one creditable year

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