The following student furnished items are required for the PLT Exam Prep Class:
1. The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) book (soft cover ... not the NEC Handbook)
Important note: All electrical examinations administered on or after July 1, 2017 are based on the 2017 NEC.
2. Highlighters (two different colors)
3. Basic 4-function calculator (not your cell phone, please)
4. Notebook, notepad, or note paper
5. Pen and/or pencil
Beginning in July 2017, this exam prep class will be based on the 2017National Electrical Code. All materials used in the class will reference the 2017 edition of the NEC. The class does not cover the transition to the new edition as the 2014 and earlier editions of the NEC are no longer relevant to the exam.
Earlier editions of the NEC (pre 2017) are not suitable for this class.
It is recommended that participants use the basic 2017 NEC book for this class. The list price for the basic NEC book is $95 for the glue-bound, soft-cover version. There is also a spiral bound version and a loose-leaf version. Both are more expensive but are equally serviceable for the class. These books can be found at bookstores, some technical college bookstores, and online at www.mikeholt.com, also at Amazon or similar locations. On-line sources often offer significant discounts.
It is strongly recommended that participants NOT use the 2017 NEC Handbook. It is not the document that will be provided to applicants on exam day and so "appears" different. It is larger, more expensive, and the page numbering does not match the basic code book page numbering. This could be somewhat of a challenge in class and possibly when taking the PLT examination.
Some taking this exam prep class have little or no experience with the NEC or the electrical wiring and systems that it addresses. Where that is the case, the Low Voltage Guy recommends Mike Holt's book "Understanding the NEC Requirements for Limited Energy and Communication Systems". The book is available from Mike Holt Enterprises at www.mikeholt.com.
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