Too often I hear the electrician make the remark, "I don't know the
code that well, but I do my work correctly." My reply is, "If
Code is the minimum standard in which you can install the wiring, and
you don't even know the minimum, how do you know you are installing it
These exams from the National Electrical Code are questions on rules that apply
in your daily work,
rather than questions asked on an electrical exam that most of them
don't pertain to your daily work. I have "Electrician Code
Calculations Exam" for the basic field calculations expected of an
electrician, such as box sizing, conduit fill, wire sizing, etc.
The "Code Exam" questions are asked
"Which of the following is FALSE
These Code questions are to be answered open book using your
National Electrical Code Book. Of the four choices in each
question, three will be TRUE and one will be FALSE. By
these type of questions, you will be learning the three choices that
are TRUE. I personally feel this is the best way to test an
applicant on the Code rules and to improve one's ability to work with
the electrical inspector on the job.
exam applicant can enroll on line and select the preferred electrical
exam category. After completing the exam it will immediately
exams are time based.
You have 00:00:00 LEFT
If desired the exam results can be evaluated personally
by Tom Henry. It is very important to learn and understand
incorrect answers even if you pass an exam. Example:
score with a passing percentage of 76%, the 24% you answered
incorrectly can burn, maim, and even kill someone. He will
the applicants strength and weakness. It may be the applicant needs to
be tested in more than one electrical category.
Suggestions will be made on what areas need to be further
studied and what study aids would be beneficial.
These exams are written to disclose the
experience that the applicant has in the chosen category.
My qualifications to design The Electrician Evaluation Exams
and test a person on their electrical knowledge is based on over 58
years in the electrical industry involving five different electrical
apprenticeships, nine years as a maintenance electrician, fourteen
years in construction, over two years in electrical inspection at Walt
Disney World, preparing over 28,000 applicants for their electrical
license exam by teaching the National Electrical Code. By
designing the "Learn to
be an Electrician
" program, today as I write, has over
1,700 students enrolled throughout the world.
As the years pass I'm continually saddened by the questions that are
required to be answered by the electrician on examinations as the
largest percentage of the questions being asked don't even pertain to
the work electricians are performing.
As I work
as an electrical expert in court cases pertaining to personal injury
and death, the longer I'm in electrical education the more blinded of
how far we have gone from the original intent of why a license was
required. I feel we have reached the point that it's now time
test one's ability to perform their responsible duties based on what
they do in their daily work rather than the vague and ambiguous
questions being asked today on what most electrician's have never done
or will never do as most work is from an already designed blue print in
which the job was bid.
I have received numerous
calls and e-mails from contractors in need of an electrical exam that
will truly test the applicant on their field knowledge when screening
to hire the applicant, or to advance an employee to another entry or
apprenticeship level in the electrical field. In the real
today, one may produce a license and a well rounded resume, but the
unanswered question, are they experienced
to perform the work expected?
There is a difference when hiring an experienced, qualified, and
electrician compared to a licensed
electrical installer, in court referred to as an electrical worker.
The major purpose of a license is to protect public health and safety
by preventing unqualified people from practicing a given profession or
occupation. Licensing is also a formal and legal way of
a profession and a means of including in practice those who meet
predetermined standards deemed to be necessary for protection of the
public. Ask yourself if the industry is fulfilling the intent
the electrical license?
- Please note: I had a lady
years ago whom was a bookkeeper and had never connected an electrical
wire attend my classes and passed the Journeyman and Master
on the first try. She received her Electrical Contractor's License.
Several of the questions in The Electrician Evaluation Exams
are from my "Learn to be
apprenticeship program in which our graduates are expected to pass
these electrical exams before receiving a certificate of completion.
I feel these are the questions that should be asked to test one's
ability and to turn out a better and safer product for the building
department and the community.
My goal is to leave
the industry better than I found it, and the worst thing a person can
do is to do nothing. The person that believes they can, and
person that believes they can't are both right!
I want everyone to see these answers and
hopefully they memorize them and they never forget "you don't connect the grounded
wire to the grounding terminal in a subpanel
" and maybe,
just maybe it will save a life someday!