On December 18, 2013 NFPA hosted a virtual training event featuring Christel Hunter. This event was a 1-day, interactive training event focused on the critical highlights of the 2014 NEC. Given that this was an online only event, we wanted to know what people thought of the format, the speaker, the technology and the content. The review below was sent to us by guest blogger Tammy Gammon, PHD, PE. Tammy was a registrant for this event and agreed to share her feedback with the NFPA community.
December 19, 2013
The National Electric Code is the foundation of electrical power distribution and utilization for buildings. Since the 2014 NEC was released in August, I have wanted to attend a multi-day 2014 NEC Training Seminar; unfortunately, my busy schedule, which does not involve designing, installing or inspecting building electrical systems, has not permitted the time and resources necessary. I am a fan of the live shows and webinars on NEC Connect, and learned through NEC Connect that NEC expert, Christel Hunter, would be teaching a live, one-day seminar.
I was excited about the seminar – it was very feasible for me with such a minimal time and cost investment. I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn about some of the many changes to the 2014 NEC, as well as deepen my own level of understanding. The seminar exceeded my expectations. Mrs. Hunter was extremely knowledgeable about, not only the 2014 NEC, but also remarked on how some of the code sections evolved over various previous NEC editions. Several times, she cited documents and standards published by UL, ANSI, NEMA, NFPA and CSA which could provide additional information, substantiated the NEC requirements, and/or were cohesive with current NEC requirements.
The seminar was interesting, interactive and fast-paced – the diametric opposite of a number of sleep-inducing, didactic monologues (before computer-aided instruction) that I endured while growing up. I watched and listened to Mrs. Hunter as she spoke and showed specific Code passages. Her slide presentation contained many easy-to-understand diagrams, as well as photos illustrating practical examples of the subject matter. We attendees could ask questions with the simple chat function available or through email – our choice. We were kept engaged through occasional polls -- questions about the NEC, several challenging quizzes (which were not turned in), and keeping up in the 2014 NEC Handbook provided for the seminar. Mrs. Hunter also showed several short videos where other experts discussed subject matter, as well as one video “on the lighter side.” At brief intervals, the camera shifted to the control room, and we engaged with the NFPA staff, even getting a glimpse of Mark Earley, editor-in-chief of the 2014 Handbook.
After attending the seminar yesterday, I am more up-to-date on the changes to the 2014 NEC, as well as more appreciative of the NEC’s depth. However, the seminar was so informative, if I have the opportunity, I am even more interested in additional training by NEC Code experts on the NEC, as well as better understanding the Code making and Code adoption processes.