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Old 05-04-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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Question for any newly licensed contractors. How long did it take the board to approve your application? They've had my app for almost 2 months and haven't even cashed my check yet !!!
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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I drove up to Newark to make sure everything was in order. Wasted a day but got everything done. I think the you need to talk to a Kathleen
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You must research to see when the board is meeting. They must be a meeting in order for them to review your paperwork.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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They had a board meeting 3 weeks after I sent in paperwork.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:35 PM   #5
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Must be patient believe me I know it took almost 8 months for me to get my number. There is a little story behind the reasoning for that in my case which actually changed the way NJ files the paper work now. To make a long story short I failed 2 parts the first time and you are suppose to wait 6 months before retaking test but NJ sent me out the paper work to fill out to retake the test so I filled it out and sent it in and ended up taking the test 3 months later and passed. After a few months they realized I took the test early and said I should of known and should not of taken it and they had to bring my case to the board to see what they were going to do. When it was all said and done they let me keep my license but made me wait to get my number.
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I tested in July and by August I was up and running...this was also in 1993 before the interweb and computers being so prevalent.

The Board just met on Wednesday: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ele...c_meetings.htm

They scaled down the amount of info in the minutes....they used to list all the new licensees, name changes, etc.

Maybe a licensee search will help?
https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/

....seems my "Qlfd. Journeyman Electrician" card is "not active"
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When I passed the exam, July '09, it took 3 months to go from passing the exam to open for business. The exam is given 4 times a year and the next exam I believe is in July. If you sent in your paperwork 2 months ago it's possible you'll be sitting in for the net exam. Make sure you study hard and definitely know your grounding and bonding because they put you through the ringer with that. Plus the business and alarm exams. Good luck.
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Well. The state finally cashed my 100$ check and I know they had a meeting last week. I just checked the licensee search page and I'm listed now as pending. Guess thats a good thing?
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Well. The state finally cashed my 100$ check and I know they had a meeting last week. I just checked the licensee search page and I'm listed now as pending. Guess thats a good thing?
PENDING is way better than REJECTED
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Here in NY the town of Hempstead was the same way, it took some time. Once they confirmed I had passed practical it was some time before i received the license as they wanted additional insured on comp and liability. They were extremely helpfull and worked with me. I can't say it went as smooth for my other licenses as far as paper work is concerned.
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Well. The state finally cashed my 100$ check and I know they had a meeting last week. I just checked the licensee search page and I'm listed now as pending. Guess thats a good thing?
You'll be get noticed by mail. Then you can send another check to the testing agency after that. Just get used to it.
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Got my approval. Will be taking the October 1st test.
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Got my approval. Will be taking the October 1st test.
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Yes, definitely.... good luck!

Don't wait, start studying now. 3-4 hours a night, 4-5 days a week. Get the Mike Holt Exam prep book. That helped me for sure.
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Ok. Few more questions. Did anyone here take a code prep class? And was it worth it? If you didn't, what did you specifically study in the code? How much and for how long did you study?
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Ok. Few more questions. Did anyone here take a code prep class? And was it worth it? If you didn't, what did you specifically study in the code? How much and for how long did you study?
I didn't take one, i got Mike Holt's DVD set with work book, and two other exam workbooks and basically studied on my own for about 3 months, a little each day and on the weekends. Don't wait until the end. I probably over did it, but i really didn't want to take it twice...
Mike Holt's set was good but he didn't cover everything on NJ test. That's where the other two test books came in. Two weeks before the test i looked through the alarm book and two nights before the test i read the business law book.
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Oh and they won't let you bring in your own books.
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Got my approval. Will be taking the October 1st test.
I just got my approval today Tontake the test Oct 1st as welland I sent my application in March...ridiculous. I took an exam prep class and I feel like it has told me where to focus.

It wasn't one of those classes where the feed you the questions, I'd rather learn where to focus my efforts and do the work myself. Plus, I hear they changed the exam on the last go around.
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There are 4 different versions of the exam. They each contain the same questions but are numbered differently so there's no cheating from the person sitting next to you.

Good exam prep course here: http://www.alanchech.com/

Well worth the $600+ dollars IMO.
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Ok. Few more questions. Did anyone here take a code prep class? And was it worth it? If you didn't, what did you specifically study in the code? How much and for how long did you study?
And do yourself a big favor, if you dont live close to the test center stay in the hotel overnight so you can wake up relaxed, and just walk downstairs and go to work. Maybe get some breakfast before you go in...
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There are 4 different versions of the exam. They each contain the same questions but are numbered differently so there's no cheating from the person sitting next to you.

Good exam prep course here: http://www.alanchech.com/

Well worth the $600+ dollars IMO.
Ron, That's the one I was looking at, just wasn't sure if it was with $675 if I could study on my own and buy some study guides.
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