This course is intended to familiarize the reader with the major changes contained in the 2011 National Electrical Code®. The course addresses Code revisions that apply to all types of occupancies: residential, commercial, and industrial. The course is divided into 4 parts:
- Part 1: Code-wide changes through Article 240
- Part 2: Article 250 through Article 314
- Part 3: Article 334 through Article 590
- Part 4: Article 600 through Article 840
The layout and the method of presentation will enable new Code users to navigate through the changes. Those well experienced in the Code will find depth in the coverage. Through the heading(s) at the beginning of each Code change addressed in the document, the reader will readily identify the section affected by the change and the specific subject being discussed. The Significance section serves as an introduction to the Code change under discussion. An Analysis of the Code change follows, with explanation where necessary to help the student understand the revision, its background, and the logic of the change. Graphics, photographs, examples, or calculations are used to illustrate the change and to enhance learning. The Summary is a brief re-statement of the highlights of the Code change. An Application Question, with Answer and key to the correct answer, is included at the end of each Code section studied for exercise in applying the change and to broaden learning. Many of the sections analyzed contain a Code Refresher that addresses existing Code requirements related to the change. The author attempts to tie the entire NEC together through the study of the changes.
Although there are many references to the 2011 NEC® throughout this document, the course and quiz can be completed without the need to refer to the NEC® itself. For further study on any Code section within this course the 2011 NEC® should be consulted.
To earn PDH credits, the student must pass a multiple choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Familiarize the student with the significant changes in the 2011 edition of NFPA 70®, the National Electrical Code®
- Familiarize the student with the significant changes in Article 250 – Grounding
- Familiarize the student with the requirements for Small Wind Electric Systems, wind turbines up to and including 100 kW
- Familiarize the student with the important changes related to alternative energy
- Ensure compliance with applicable Code standards for plans and specifications prepared by the student
- Enable the student to identify a Code section(s) where additional study may be appropriate for the student’s practice
- Introduce the student who is not familiar with NFPA 70® to some of the regulations for safeguarding persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity
- Make the student aware of new Articles incorporated into the Code and the scope of the information
- Re-acquaint students who use the Code infrequently with some of the basic safety requirements and areas of coverage of the NEC®
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