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This 6-hour CE course is intended to maintain the licensee’s knowledge of the code, acquaint him or her with code revisions relevant to both Master Electricians and Systems Contractors and Technicians, and provide discussion of the nature of the changes along with how they are applied to the MEC, Workplace Safety Code and Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. This course is ideal for all licensed Master Electricians and Systems Contractors and Technicians in Massachusetts and fulfills all six of the required hours of continuing education (CE) for limited voltage systems. It is designed to complement 15 hours of class time on changes to the 2017 NEC in order to fulfill the entire 21 hours of CE that must be completed during this license renewal cycle.
This course begins with a review of the industry standard for safer conditions when working with electricity, the 2015 edition of the NFPA 70E, including helpful guides on the most hazardous situations confronted in the field.
This is followed by a comprehensive review of the 2016 edition of the NFPA 72, the preeminent standard for all signaling systems designed to alert both occupants and authorities of emergency situations, adopted as enforceable code by states throughout the U.S.
The third module provides a look at selected changes to the 2017 NEC Chapter 5 – Special Occupancies. This is an extremely complex Chapter, generally considered the most difficult to master. It governs situations requiring special electrical precautions due to hazardous substances, critical services being provided, or higher risks to the public and other users. The selection of codes relate to RV parks, marinas, fairgrounds, and agricultural buildings. This module also includes a review of four amendments to Chapters 5 and 7 made by the Board when adopting the 2017 NEC as the basis for the 2017 Massachusetts Electrical Code (MEC).
The class concludes with a presentation of every significant change made to Chapter 7 in the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC). This is the most varied Chapter in the NEC, including the provisions for such “special conditions” as emergency back-up systems, direct current microgrids, and optical fiber cable as well as the new Article on the vital and rapidly growing field of energy storage systems. Each change is accompanied by a thorough-going discussion of what the change means and the reason it was installed in the Code. The goal is to express every change in clear language, to focus on how the changes should be applied by a working electrician, and to provide the resources to explore the change more fully for those who wish to do so.