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Electrical and Systems Training Series
The Electrical and Systems Training Series (ESTS) are new courses designed for non-apprentice electricians. This highly popular program is a refresher course for experienced electricians. Topics within ESTS include: Motor Controls, Electrical Theory, Electrical Systems, Electrical Code, Blueprint, Electrical Learning, and Leadership, with more titles being developed in the future. Within these overarching areas, there will be various levels offered; for example, in Motor Controls there will be a 100- and a 200-level course offered. These are informative, stand-alone 40-hour courses, and an individual does not have to complete every ESTS course offering. However, prerequisites may be required for some ESTS courses in order to complete a module. These courses will also be available with LMS capabilities in the near future.
For details about the ESTS and the schedule of course release dates, click here.
Fire Alarm System
IEC has released the third edition of the IEC National Fire Alarm Systems Curriculum, which is now part of the ESTS coursework. This course is based on the requirements specified in NFPA's National Fire Alarm Code - NFPA 72-2013. This unique and informative 48-hour course will provide qualified journeyman electricians with the knowledge necessary for working on fire alarm systems.
Professional Electricians Program
The Professional Electricians Program, or PEP, is a reinvigorated IEC offering. With the development of the ESTS, PEP will consist of nine of the 15 proposed ESTS courses. PEP is an ideal choice for those who have an abundant amount of electrical experience but lack the formal in-class training. With PEP, IEC aims to provide an alternative path for those with electrical experience to gain the classroom knowledge without having to complete the entire Four-Year Electrical Apprenticeship Program. Each of these PEP courses will be accompanied by an accelerated textbook and taught by an industry expert. The pace of these courses will be much faster than that of the Apprentice Program based on the experience of the students.
Currently, the approved PEP courses are:
- Electrical Theory Levels 100 and 200 (TH100 and 200)
- Electrical Code Levels 100, 200, and 300 (CD100, CD200 and CD300)
- Motor Control Level 100 and 200 (MC100 and MC200)
- Blueprint Level 100 (BP100)
- Leadership Level 100 (LD100)
Instructor Training & Certification Program
There are many things that separate IEC's Electrical Training Programs from the competition, but two main components are: the excellence of the curriculum and the quality of the instructors who deliver the material. In striving to produce the highest trained and most skilled electricians, future Journeyman must be taught by the industry's best. Aside from striving for a high quality of learning within the chapters, the Department of Labor has also mandated that instructors within an apprentice program be trained in adult learning styles.
The first of a three-level module for the Instructor Training & Certification Program has been released (Initial Phase). This level is intended for all IEC instructors to learn the basics of properly teaching electrical apprentices. Those who are successful in completing a module earn a certificate of completion. Since its inception, the first level has been a remarkable success with more than 450 instructors already completing the course.
Level II, the Excellence Phase, became available in 2016 and has a greater emphasis on the understanding of educational theory and the processes required in lesson planning and reflection. Like Level I, Level II will be published and delivered through the IEC National LMS site. This delivery method allows for systematic delivery while reducing the cost placed on chapters. There is also a video submission requirement to this level, along with an endorsement exam – showcasing the instructors competencies in their area of expertise.
Level III, the Collaborative Phase, will tap into the more experienced IEC instructors while allowing a forum for these individuals to share their knowledge and expertise within the association and to the various curriculum developers. Stay tuned for more details on the final installment of the IEC National Instructor & Certification Training.