National Electrical Code
The National Electric Code (NEC) was initiated back in 1897. Over the years, the National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the NEC to ensure the "practical safeguarding of persons and property from the hazards arising from the use of electricity." The NEC is revised every 3 years; some changes are minor in scope, some are quite extensive. In order for licensed electricians to stay 'current', we are required to take a 24 hours of continuing education course for each code cycle. 9 hours are spent on code revisions and 1 hour on the law and regulations for electrical contractors. The remaining 24 are for technical and other subjects.