16 Hour Course
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Course ID: 13775, 13779
Approved By: Utah DOPL
This course is designed for all licensed electricians in Utah and fulfills the entire sixteen-hour continuing education requirement for this license renewal cycle.
This 16-hour package serves as a broad introduction to the changes made to the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC). 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 2017, and the changes to Article 100 (Definitions) and Article 110 (Requirements for Electrical Installations). In addition, this class presents every significant change made to Chapters 2&3 in the 2017 NEC. These are two critical Chapters, 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. The class then presents every significant change made to Chapter 4 in the 2017 NEC, addressing some of the most rapidly updated provisions of the NEC regarding safe and reliable installation of equipment for general use. The next set of changes for 2017 presented in the class come from Chapter 5. This is an extremely complex Chapter, generally considered the most difficult to master in the NEC, governing situations that require special electrical precautions due to hazardous substances, critical services being provided, or higher risks to the public and other users. The class finishes with the most varied Chapter in the NEC, Chapter 7, 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 to Chapters 1 through 5 and 7 is presented first with a "thumbnail" to help orient the student and provide a ready means for reviewing the material. The 2017 NEC language for the affected code is then provided, with any deletions and revisions from the 2014 NEC clearly shown. Most importantly, each change is accompanied by a thorough-going discussion of what the change means and the reason it was installed in the Code. The discussion includes, where possible, the reasons provided by the relevant code-making panel that oversaw the change and any vital contributions to the discussion from working electricians, manufacturers, and industry analysts. 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.