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Important Information - Updated: 12/21/18


It is with great pleasure to announce that we are now able to offer On Demand Practical Exam Scheduling.  

Testing candidates are able to schedule their own Practical Examinations utilizing Iso Quality Testings' (IQTs) Scheduling Portal in the same manner as they schedule their own written examinations.  This method of scheduling replaces the previous method of our office scheduling the exams based on exam weeks and deadline dates for the practical examinations.


This is beneficial for testing candidates as they log in and select the location, date and time that is convenient for them for the practical exam as well as for the written exam.  Practical exams are primarily administered in Raleigh but are also offered once a year in Hickory and in Wilmington.


Candidates are able to log into one scheduling portal to schedule both their written and practical examinations at a testing center that is convenient for them. 

North Carolina available examination dates and spaces may be viewed at the following link:

This link shows availability only and is not where the exams are scheduled.  Once an exam application is approved an e-mail is sent to the candidate with their login and password information to schedule their examinations. 

The Candidate Handbooks have been updated to provide more detailed information regarding On Demand Scheduling and are published on our website indicating they are effective as of January 2019.

All testing candidates are encouraged to click on the link on our website to download and print the most current version of the Candidate Handbook and NIC Candidate Information Bulletins that are published on our website when preparing for the practical examination and the NIC Written Candidate Information Bulletin when preparing for the written examination.   Frequently Asked Questions are also available on our website.




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