Is there a web site that has the National Electrical Code in a learning-type
environment? I'd like to learn more about code, but I don't have the time or
need to attend classes at the local community college.
I wasn't suggesting that the course had to be free. I just went to the state
regulatory board's web site, and they do list a number of companies offering
What I have not been able to determine is whether there are mandatory classroom
attendance requirements to get a limited license. From what I have read, if you
pass the test, meet the continuing education requirements, and pay the fees, you
get the license. Is that correct, at least where you are?
OK, I thought you were requesting an open link to the NEC itself.
All depends on the particular State/local requirements.
Nothing other than the test (and concomitant fees, of course :) ) is
required here. They don't care where/how you got the knowledge; all you
have to do is demonstrate you have it.
I'd think there would be quite a number of online for-fee courses; how
well they might be tailored to specific local requirements would
obviously vary w/ how local/general they are.
Most community colleges/tech schools have online options available now
You would need to check with your state requirements. Here there
is no such thing as a "limited" license. In order to become a
licensed journeyman here requires a minimum of 3 years on the job
training plus classes while holding what is locally called a green
card. The green card identifies for whom you are working and you
cannot be on a jobsite performing any electrical work or touching
any electrical materials without one and an onsite licensed
journeyman or contractor.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
You can read the 2008 NEC online for free by going here:
You have to sign up for a free account, but you don't have to enter your
real ID information.
Or, if the link above doesn't work correctly, just do a Google search for
"NEC online free" (without the quoatation marks).
As far as courses, I don't know, but there may be books of interest like the
one someone else here posted.
The NFPA was sued and now has the NEC online but the suit did not make
it easy to use or particularly instructive.
There are a number of online training companies but they are not
cheap. I use Red Vector for CEUs occasionally.
If you don't need the credit hours, I would look at university
distance learning courses. Usually if you don't want to get a
transcript they are free.
I have read that, more generally, building codes can't be copyrighted.
I'm not a lawyer, but I read it on the internet so it must be true.
There was a cited legal case which I might be able to find in my notes.
I remembered a site that has .pdfs of the various codes for each state.
The link was at Wikipedia "national electrical code" and goes to:
It looks like this has .pdf versions of national codes including several
years of the NEC and IBC. What looks like the 2008 NEC is 127M. I
haven't downloaded anything. If anyone does please report back.
Wikipedia also references a court decision:
US Court of Appeals, 5th circuit, 2002, holds that model building codes
that have been adopted can, at least in some instances, be reproduced by
others. The codes in the link above are, I presume, in compliance with
this decision. Putting up the 2008NEC may be a copyright violation.
Putting up the Minnesota electrical code (whicy is essentially the
2008NEC) probably isn't.
Go to Amazon.com and check out the publications they sell. Most
anything would be better than the inscrutable NEC code writings. There
are illustrated code guides. and test preparation books that might be
exactly what you need.
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