Intermediate is solid preparation for the Journeyman's exam if you know basic theory and have some experience.
If you already have the basic theory and NEC background, this Intermediate Journeyman Exam Prep Course is exactly what you need to pass that exam.
If you don't have that theory and background, then you need the Comprehensive version.
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Pass the Exam
The Intermediate Journeyman Exam Preparation Course teaches you what you need to know so you can confidently take your Electrical Journeyman Exam. And pass it.
The texts, practice questions, illustrations, and videos all work together so you maximize your learning. And rather than dull memorization, you'll see what the concepts are and understand why they are. You'll be able to quickly and accurately do the Code calculations that the exam requires.
The key here is you gain an understanding of the “where and why” of the NEC's way of organizing the requirements. When you have that understanding, you can quickly find the applicable requirement and correctly answer the Electrical Journeyman Exam question. The test is timed, so the "quickly find" part is essential. But it's also essential that you understand the meaning of the requirement so you can correctly apply it. Getting that understanding is a major benefit of this exam prep course. Providing you that is a core principle of the development team that put the materials together.
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.
Mike Holt's Electrical Journeyman's Exam Intermediate program consists of:
NEC Exam Preparation textbook/workbook. 568 pages, 520 graphics, 2,800 practice questions.
NEC Illustrated Code Changes Book. 300+ pages covering changes in the 2011 NEC. This is more instructive than it might sound. See below for what this is really about.
Two 4.5 hour NEC DVDs on General Requirements, Circuits, and Protection.
Raceway and Box Calculations DVD.
Conductor Sizing and Protection DVD.
Motor and Air-Conditioning Calculations DVD.
Voltage-Drop Calculations DVD.
Dwelling Unit Calculations DVD.
(The calculation DVDs range between 2 to 4 hours each.)
Answer keys for all books.
About those NEC changes
The way Mike does it, you get a good overview of the most important NEC information along with explanation and you get an analysis of the changes. So, it's not just the changes. Here is one of the analyses that are in the material covering Article 310:
A careful reading of this section in previous editions of the Code showed that there was no prohibition of installing conductors 1 AWG and smaller in parallel. This was due to the fact that the language of the section, by using the word “shall be permitted” instead of “shall not” or just “shall,” only gave an allowance to connect large (1/0 AWG and larger) conductors in parallel without placing a prohibition on smaller conductors (smaller than 1/0) AWG) from being installed in parallel. With the change to this language, it’s clear that connecting these smaller conductors in parallel, although popular in many parts of the world, isn’t permitted by the NEC.
Another change to this section deals with equipment bonding jumpers. Many times, such as with a transformer secondary, an equipment bonding jumper (not an equipment grounding conductor) is installed alongside ungrounded and grounded conductors in parallel. Although it seems rather obvious that these bonding jumpers don’t need to meet the minimum size requirements of 310.10(H) (1/0 AWG or larger), the NEC really didn’t address the issue. The Code now refers to 250.102 for conductor sizing, making this principle much clearer.
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 recently completed working through the materials and watching the videos. The practice questions were especially useful in helping me see how much I learned. I feel confident, now. I'm ready to pass that test.
Very professional, 10.18.2012
Reviewer: Dave Schriner (Dayton, OH)
I was impressed with how professionally done this was. I had tried materials from a competitor, and could not make heads or tails of what he was saying. With the Mike Holt exam prep books and videos, though, I was immediately confident that I was getting the straight dope on things. Not that it was slick, but you can tell this guy knows what he's talking about and I can tell there was a lot of input from other electrical experts too.
I found it easy to follow along in the videos and they really did help cement what I'd learned with the reading and exercises in the books.
I feel pretty confident about taking the electrical exam, but doing all those NEC problems almost wore me out. The videos are great, I even watched them with my kids.
Very solid electrical exam prep course, 5.4.2012
Reviewer: Kelly Moore (Elkhart, IN)
I bought this for my husband, to help him advance as an electrician. It's usually hard to get him to study, as he's not a book person. But he took to this really well, and spends about half an hour with it four nights each week.
We've watched some of the DVDs together and I've read some of the materials he's been studying. He keeps telling me it's great stuff, and I can see why. It's easy to understand, and it seems to be pretty thorough.
Now I'm quizzing him verbally, and he's getting nearly every question right.