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Montana 8 Hour 2020 NEC Changes to Chapters 4, 5, 8, & 9

  • 8 Hour Course
  • $90.00

This class covers a wide range, from the widely used Equipment for General Use of Chapter 4, to the highly specialized codes and Chapter 5, and the stand-alone codes of Chapter 8, which now include a "General Requirements" Article for Communication Circuits followed by a substantial revision and reorganization of the Chapter.

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.

This class presents 38 significant changes to Chapter 4 in the 2020 National Electrical Code®., including a revision to the defined Scope of the NEC in Article 90, new Panelboard Circuit Directory Locations, and enhanced Identification of Power Sources for Storage Batteries. The class also covers important code revisions (or newly added codes) on:

  • A New Type of Fixture Wire - FFHH-2;
  • Rating and Use of General-Use Snap Switches Dimmers and Control Switches;
  • Electronic Control Switches;
  • Installation Requirements of Controlled Receptacles;
  • Tamper-Resistant Receptacles;
  • Single-Pole Separable Connectors;
  • Methods of Grounding Luminaires;
  • GFCI for Appliances;
  • Electronically Protected Motor Circuits and Controllers;
  • Emergency Shutdown in One- and Two-Family Dwelling Units;
  • Transformers and Transformer Vaults; and 
  • Permissibility of Retrofit Trip Units for Equipment Over 1000 Volts Nominal.

This class is followed by coverage of every significant change made to 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.

There are 5 changes to the Articles on Hazardous (Classified) Locations, including Combustible Gas Detection Systems; New Protection Techniques for Equipment, Type TC-ER-HL and Type P Cable; and Table 505.9(C)(2)(4) for Zone 0, 1, and 2 Locations. Some of the other code revisions (or newly added codes) involve:

  • GFCI in Commercial Garages;
  • Circuit Disconnects in Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities;
  • Hard Usage Cords in Theaters,
  • A new Part II in Article 545 on "Relocatable Structures";
  • GFCI Protection and Service Distribution Points for Agricultural Buildings;
  • Receptacles for Manufactured Home and Reverse Polarity Devices for RVs;
  • Bonding of Non-Current-Carrying Metal Parts, GFCI, and GFPE for Docks and Houseboats;
  • A new Part III to Article 555 on Floating Buildings; and
  • OCPD and a new Exception for Splices in Temporary Installations.

The class follows this with every significant change made to Chapters 8 [Communication Systems. A review of seven changes drawn from Articles 800 & 805 follows, providing details on the repurposing of Article 800 for General Requirements and the reorganizations and revisions for the Sections moved or added to the new Article 805. The class finishes this look at Chapter 8 with two changes to the increasingly important Premises-Powered Broadband Communications Systems: 1) Circuits Leaving the Building and 2) Powering Communications Equipment over Communications Cables. The class finishes with one change made to Chapter 9 [Tables].

  • Course ID(s): MTEL20255
  • Approved By: Montana State Electrical Board

Instructor Bio

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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.