Comprehensive provides total preparation for the Journeyman Electrician exam, including basic theory; based on a full term of live classes.
If you already have the basic theory and NEC background, save money by purchasing the Intermediate Course.
If you don't have that theory and background, then you need this Comprehensive Course.
FREE Bonus #1 with each purchase: Harmonics course. FREE Bonus #2 with each purchase: Formula book.
Pass the Exam
The clear text, practice questions, illustrations, and videos of the Comprehensive electrical exam prep program all work together so you can pass your Journeyman's exam the first time.
The materials take you step by step through everything you need to know. You'll learn how to quickly and accurately do the Code calculations that the exam requires.
These materials provide you with a solid understanding of the three areas the exam tests you on:
Electrical theory. You will understand what the theory is, and how it applies to electrical work.
National Electrical Code. You will understand the "why" behind the Code rules, and understand how to quickly find the rule that you need (the exam is open book).
Calculations. You will know how to solve every kind of calculations problem on the exam. Yes, there is a methodology, and you will be comfortable using it by the time you complete this course.
The electrical exam consists of multiple parts. Each is either a verbal test or calculations test.
The verbal parts have True/False questions and multiple choice questions. These are intended to test your knowledge of electrical theory and the NEC, which, of course, you will know cold because you will have bought this library to prepare.
The calculations tests cover specific areas of NEC application. You need to know how to size raceway, conductors, and overcurrent protection devices, among other things. You must be able to calculate these in a variety of ways. This NEC Exam Course will prepare you for these exam calculations. It will prepare you by explaining how to calculate, then supplying practice problems. You'll understand the why, not just the how, and that will eliminate "formula confusion."
Should you try to wing it?
Many people think that being an electrical engineer or having worked in the field for 20 years is sufficient preparation. They find out the hard way that it's not.
Systematic study has proven to be the way to prepare. It's how you can ace your exam the first time.
You may know your job very well and work with the NEC all the time. But that will get you only part way toward passing the electrical exam. Exam prep materials get you the rest of the way there.
This money-saving package includes the Electrical Exam Preparation book, three 4.5-hour theory DVDs, the Theory text/workbook, ten 4-4.5 hour NEC DVDs, Understanding the NEC volumes 1 and 2, a Simulated Exam, and five 2-4 hour calculations DVDs.
So, you'll receive 4 textbooks, 1 Simulated Exam, and 18 DVDs in your package. All based on the 2011 NEC (applies to exams given in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in most exam jurisdictions).
This is actually an assembly of packages. Here's what you get in each one:
Mike Holt is widely recognized as one of the world's most effective electrical instructors. He's also a developer of electrical software, books, videos, and training programs. His extensive use of illustration in all of his training programs makes learning fun.
Mike's dynamic and animated teaching style erases classroom boredom, whether in person or on video. People enjoy his classes and videos, and become totally engaged in the learning process.
I am definitely not someone who likes to sit around and read. So studying for any kind of exam is a problem. I really have to put my mind to it. My wife got me to looking at this Mike Holt exam prep and we decided to go for it. I talked to my boss, committed to the program, and got the company to buy it for me.
The reading actually wasn't bad. And everything made sense as I went. I found when taking the quizzes and such I was usually getting the right answers. Learning fast, just by reading? Not something I thought possible. And the videos were also very helpful. Our dog watched these with me (really), so we got some bonding time there (no grounding time, and yes I read Article 100!).
This was definitely a good investment of my time and my company's money.
Exactly what I needed, 1.31.2013
Reviewer: Chuck Gibson (Albequerque, NM)
I've never enjoyed studying, so wasn't real keen on getting this exam prep system. But my boss strongly "suggested" to get this and the company would pay for it and the exam even if I failed. If I took the exam and failed without the prep, it was on me.
It did not take me long to really get into this. I mean, it was actually a lot of fun. Instead of getting frustrated like I usually do with books and quizzes, I felt like I was getting somewhere every night that I studied. My wife (the other boss I report to) even said the studying left me in a good mood. THAT is a first.
Well, I did pass that exam and I now have my Journeyman's license. Sorry it took so long to get around to thanking you for this and writing this review. Since getting that license, I have been busy!
Impressive and thorough, 10.7.2012
Reviewer: Roger Anderson (Atlanta, GA)
One of my pet peeves with instructional material is they assume you know certain things and then you're lost. I've had that experience in the classroom, too.
With this exam prep package, that wasn't the case. The electrical theory workbook, for example, started from the beginning and built from there. Yeah, in those first few chapters there was a lot of stuff I knew but also some I didn't and so I ended up with a complete understanding instead of being confused. It was easy for me to keep progressing through that book and this knowledge helped me understand why the NEC requires certain things.
I had actually tried the simulated exam before anything else, and not only was it hard but I didn't do well. After completing the workbooks and videos, which took a few weeks, I tried it again. HUGE difference.
So now I know I am completely prepared to pass that exam with flying colors.
Clear explanations, too much information, 6.18.2012
Reviewer: Mike Williams (Los Angeles, CA)
The material was very good, but there was just too much of it. I already knew electrical theory and Ohm's Law and just needed to make sure I would pass the exam. So I ended up spending a lot of time on subjects I already knew. To be fair, our purchasing people bought this without getting my input.
This program is really for someone just starting out, not for someone experienced as myself. It would have been nice if there had been some kind of color coding, such as green for greenhorn stuff, blue for beginners, and the rest is for experienced electricians who need to pass the exam and already know the green and blue stuff.
I have to say that, where it got into NEC calculations especially conductor sizing it was awesome. This is where I was looking for good training, and I was not disappointed. My boss had me do the practice exam questions on photocopies before going into the material, and I failed. But after going through the course, I scored 96%. Money well spent, even with the additional material I didn't need.