12 Hour Course
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Course ID: WA2018-552
Approved By: Washington Department of Labor & Industries
This course is designed for all licensed electricians in Washington and fulfills all four of the required hours of continuing education (CE) on Washington Rule & Law. It is designed to complement 8 hours of class time on changes to Chapters 6-9 of the 2017 NEC and 4 hours of Washington Rule & Law for electricians in order to fulfill the entire 24 hours of CE that must be completed during this license renewal cycle.
Changes to the 2017 NEC; An Introduction to the Class & Changes to Chapter 1 – General, Chapter 2 – Wiring and Protection, Chapter 3 - Wiring Methods and Materials, Chapter 4 – Equipment for General Use & portions of Chapter 5 – Special Occupancies: This class will serve 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 longest single part of the class 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. Finally, the class presents selections from Articles 500-516 and 555-590 of the Chapter generally considered the most difficult to master (Chapter 5), governing situations requiring special electrical precautions due to hazardous substances or higher risks to the public and other users.
Each change 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.