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Old 02-23-2012, 11:36 PM   #1
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I am going I be taking my electrical contractors exam in 5 months... I have the NEC 2011... Any ideas on any prep dvd's or even cd's I could listen to in my car / computer... I know I can get all the books in the world but I learn best in a active environment.... Any suggestions on mike holt's kits. $1200 seams a little steep!!!!

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Old 02-24-2012, 12:57 PM   #2
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JCR Productions I can honestly say if it wasn't for jcr i wouldn't be holding 3 different state licenses. You have to have some code knowledge going in otherwise you will be lost.

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I like Tom Henry personally. His training material is what enabled me to pass my masters exam on the first try. Since you are in NC, you should ask some of the other NC members. Dennis is from NC and he is a licensed contractor. He should be able to get you squared up. Good luck.
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Me and 3 guys are going for our licenses this year with my company, theyre testing for their unlimited and me my limited. They took the JCR seminar and help out my apprenticeship class by giving us some problems out of the Rodriguez book. Ill be ready real soon. I also got a generic electrical contractors exam book that DeWalt puts from books a million for like 30 bucks.
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JCR is 400 bucks for a 10 hour seminar. I thinks it's 10 hours
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I took a 6 month 2 night a week exam prep class. A local community college offered it. It helped a lot. By the end I was able to find just about everything in the code book after that.

We used Mike Holts Understanding the NEC which was basically a illustrated code book. The class worked well for me because we probably did a few thousand code questions. The nice thing about the repetitiveness of the practice exams was come test time when I came across a question I usually new which article to go to.

I would see if your local community college offers anything like this. It was about $175 with books for the whole course. Not bad if you ask me.
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Try looking at Richmond Comm. College. They have code classes at the Laurinburg site which wouldn't be that far to travel.
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Dont put alot of pressure on yourself. Unless you need to go out on your own,take it with a grain of salt. I took it (Michigan's) just to get a day off and surprise , I passed. Didnt use it for a couple of years, and then I was ready.
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JCR Productions I can honestly say if it wasn't for jcr i wouldn't be holding 3 different state licenses. You have to have some code knowledge going in otherwise you will be lost.
You took the words right out my mouth. JCRProductions.com. Dont fool around withanyone else. This guy has a 92% passing rate for his prep class. I studied my butt off, took his class, did his practice tests for a month, took the test and passed!

He is a little more expensive than other peoples prep class. I think its 400$ for a weekend prep class, and then his practice tests are like 80-90$. Make sure to get his practice tests!!!!! That will let you know when your ready to take the real thing.

Im sure there are several other good instructors in NC, but I was 110% satisfied with the money I spent. He knows the code like the back of his hand, and he can make any dummy (myself!!) know how to move through the code book in 2 days. Best money I ever spent, and I got 2 other buddies that would tell you the same thing.
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I fully recommend Jcrproductions 100%, but if for some reason you cant make it to one of his classes I know another guy that gives prep class right there in Robenson county. He is an inspector for the county. Ive never taken his class but I met him when he came to inspect a job of mine and he started talking about how he gives a prep class every month (1 time a week I think) at his house. I think he lives in Lumberton, so that would be just down the street form you instead of you having to drive 2 1/2 hours to one of Jeff Rodrieguez's class.

Like I said I havent taken any of his classes, but if you want his name and number tell me and I'll PM it to you.
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Thanks guys!!!!!

I would like the inspectors info in Robeson county, considering I live in pembroke the drive would be a lot easier!!! My email is lumbeewarrior@gmail.com for any personal information or links anyone would like to share also.. Thanks again!
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Me and 3 guys are going for our licenses this year with my company, theyre testing for their unlimited and me my limited. They took the JCR seminar and help out my apprenticeship class by giving us some problems out of the Rodriguez book. Ill be ready real soon. I also got a generic electrical contractors exam book that DeWalt puts from books a million for like 30 bucks.
Unless it's a case of not having enough hours, if I were you, I would take the Unlimited test as well. I've taken them both, and the Unlimited was actually easier IMO.
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I would like the inspectors info in Robeson county, considering I live in pembroke the drive would be a lot easier!!! My email is lumbeewarrior@gmail.com for any personal information or links anyone would like to share also.. Thanks again!
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JCR!!!!!!! That's it, that's all! He is the man!
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I would like the inspectors info in Robeson county, considering I live in pembroke the drive would be a lot easier!!! My email is lumbeewarrior@gmail.com for any personal information or links anyone would like to share also.. Thanks again!
If it is the same guy, I went through one of his classes for my CEU's. He knows code but being able to "teach" is not his strong suit. But I would take the class again for CEU's. More of an open discussion of code change than book work.
For preparing for the test JCR would be best. You just have to set through the Jeff show before starting the class.
Just remember the answers to the questions are in the book, you just have to know how to look it up in the index.
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Unless it's a case of not having enough hours, if I were you, I would take the Unlimited test as well. I've taken them both, and the Unlimited was actually easier IMO.
That's what everyone says but you hit the nail on the head I don't have the hours for the unlimited. I want this limited just in case i have to bail on the company I'm with. Ive been classified as a 2 year apprentice for 2 years and it's not because I'm failing. My instructor hates the NCCER curriculum and he's dragging tail. Our classroom time is laughable.

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