The class begins with a broad introduction to the changes made to the 2020 National Electrical Code® (NEC-2020). It includes a brisk discussion of the code review process, a detailed explanation of how the NEC is organized, and coverage of code-wide changes, new Articles for 2020, and the changes to Article 100 (Definitions) and Article 110 (Requirements for Electrical Installations). It then presents every significant change made to Chapters 2 and 3 of NEC-2020. These are the two most critical Chapters in the NEC, addressing the most central provisions of the NEC for safe and reliable wiring materials and protective devices that affects almost every kind of electrical installation.
Each change presented in the class is accompanied by a thoroughgoing 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.
After the overview and introduction to the class, thirteen new or revised definitions from Chapter 1 [General] are covered, including "Equipotential Plane", "Free Air". "Grounded Conductor". "Island Mode", and "Reconditioned". The significant changes to four general requirements complete this portion of the class, including changes to 110.12 Mechanical Execution of Work, 110.14 Terminal Connection Torque, 110.22 Identification of Disconnecting Means, and Spaces About Electrical Equipment.
The class next presents 45 critical changes made to Chapter 2 on "Wiring and Protection". Some of the most far-reaching discussed are Emergency Disconnect rules and Surge Protection Requirements (in a new Article 242), along with the first major revision of lighting load calculations since 1971. There are revised GFCI provisions for Basements & Indoor Damp/Wet Locations; Specific Appliances & Equipment; Outdoor Outlets; Feeders and for Temporary Feeders. The class also covers important code revisions (or newly added codes) on:
- AFCI in Nursing Homes;
- AFCI Requirements After Building Modifications;
- Receptacles for Peninsular Countertops, Meeting Rooms, Balconies, Decks & Porches;
- Maximum Disconnects in a Single Enclosure;
- Grounding Systems Permitted to Be Connected on the Supply Side of the Disconnect;
- GEC Connections to Rebar;
- Metal Enclosures Used to Connect Bonding Jumpers or EGCs;
- Restricted Use of Metal Frames as EGCs; and
- An Exception to Resizing ECGs.
The class finishes with 29 significant changes from Chapter 3 [Wiring Methods and Materials], including the reorganization of Article 310 and Ampacity Tables, a new Article on Type P Cable, and a new Article 311 on Medium Voltage Cable. The class also covers important code revisions (or newly added codes) on:
- Protection Against Physical Damage with Alternative Metal Fittings;
- Boxes, Conduit Bodies or Fittings Required;
- Stair Towers (Exit Enclosures);
- Power Monitoring or Energy Management Equipment in Enclosures;
- Volume Allowance for EGCs and Equipment Bonding Jumpers;
- Outlet Boxes for Ceiling Fans;
- Type MC Cable in Hazardous Locations;
- Measuring Type NM Cable from the Enclosure; and
- Limitations of Single Conductor Applications in Cable Tray Systems; and
- Conductor Size and Termination in Cablebus.
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- Course ID(s): ELE-CE-CRS-00370
- Approved By: Montana State Electrical Board
Charles "Chuck" Price is At Your Pace Online's Subject Matter Expert for the Electrical Trade. He started out in grocery management at the age of 18 and after 5 years decided to venture into the electrical trade in 1996. He served his apprenticeship and quickly became a foreman running work. He gained experience in many facets of the trade such as working on traffic signals, hospitals and healthcare buildings, waste water treatment plants, and many commercial applications including telecommunications data centers. He currently is working for the area's largest healthcare system.
One of his passions is working with kids - and that starts with his own two boys! He has coached youth football and basketball at several levels and is part of a men's organization that raises money for the youth as well. He is a leader in the local 4-H group, helping kids learn about animal science. All in all, Chuck focuses on being the best father he can be, while maintaining a firm grasp on the ever-changing electrical industry.