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IEC instructors shape the future of the electrical industry by sharing their knowledge, expertise, and professional skills to educate generations of new electricians. This contest provides an opportunity for IEC instructors to inspire a greater number of apprentices.

IEC instructor IEC instructors can submit a video containing narrated audio that covers an objective of the IEC 4-year curriculum (see listing of lessons).

The video provides IEC instructors a platform to showcase professionalism and quality training available from their local chapter.


The IEC Foundation will award prizes sponsored by The Home Depot ProXtra Program. All judge's decisions are final*.


  • $1,000 Chapter—1st place
  • $1,000 Chapter—2nd place
  • $1,000 Chapter—3rd Place
  • $1,000 Chapter—4th Place
  • $4,000 Instructor—1st Place
  • $2,500 Instructor—2nd Place
  • $1,500 Instructor—3rd Place
  • $1,000 Instructor—4th Place
  • $875 Instructor—Raffle Winners

Winning submissions will be used in the IEC 4-year online curriculum to enhance the content presented.

*Judging to be completed by selected Industry Partner, Foundation Board member, A&T committee member, IEC Instructor, and ATP production team member.

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To submit content for this contest, please follow these 3 steps:

Video and File Submission Guidelines

Each video submitted:

  1. Must cover an objective from a listing of selected IEC lessons (see listing below)
  2. Be no longer than 15 minutes in length
  3. Video quality
    1. Resolution: 720p (HD)—Quality Smartphone video also accepted
    2. Orientation: Landscape
    3. Lighting: Adequate lighting is required to show detail
    4. Tips: Using a tripod to maintain a steady shot is helpful. Any work environment, clothing, tools, and other resources displayed in the video must reflect a high level of IEC professionalism and quality.
    5. Raw video footage may be needed to allow for final editing
  4. IEC retains the right to use any/all submitted material in selected IEC CMS courses
  5. All submissions that receive a minimum 50% score based on the judging rubric, will be eligible for entry in the Wild Card Raffle.
  6. Each entry is eligible for only one award.
  7. Submission beyond the deadline will not be eligible for judging.
Review the Listing of Topics to Create a Tutorial Video

IEC Curriculum—Year 1

ID Topic Availability
102.1RECOGNIZE hand tools used in the trade by identifying the "do's and don'ts" of their use and care.
102.2RECOGNIZE power tools used in the trade by identifying the "do's and don'ts" of their use and care.
102.4RECALL and DEMONSTRATE knowledge of electrical materials.
102.5RECOGNIZE and DEMONSTRATE basic safe practices for using ropes, slings, straps, and other rigging equipment for material handling.
103.1STATE and EXPLAIN the GHS symbols and requirements.
103.4OUTLINE a basic understanding of the creation and organization of the NEC.
104.1RECOGNIZE the law of electric charges and theories of current flow.
105.1MASTER whole numbers, decimals, percentages, averages, fractions, and linear measures necessary in solving problems encountered by electricians.
105.3POSSESS a fundamental awareness of resistance, power, and electrical circuits.
105.4DESCRIBE the basic information available on the EWR plans and specifications.
106.1MASTER ratios, proportions, squared and square root numbers, area, and volume by applying their uses as a means of solving problems encountered by electricians.
106.3CONTRAST results of using different applied voltages and resistances as demonstrated in Ohm's Law.
106.6OUTLINE the minimum NEC® requirements for box fill.
107.2OUTLINE mathematical calculations and apply them to bending conduit.
108.2DEFINE outlet locations in dwellings. RECOGNIZE the outlet location differences between a dwelling and a non-dwelling.
109.2SELECT OCPD and conductor size for given loads.
110.1RECOGNIZE and solve various single-phase voltage drop calculations, using the K-method.
110.2LIST cable installation requirements (other than Type NM cable).
110.3LIST conduit and tubing installation requirements.
113.3RECOGNIZE the purpose, operation, and installation of TVSS, SPD, IG, hospital grade, and ALCI protective devices.
113.4DESCRIBE the NEC® requirements for GFCI, AFCI, TVSS, SPD, IG, ALCI, and hospital grade protective devices.
114.3DESCRIBE basic principles of lighting. Select from various products in the Lamp Annex.
115.3SELECT Ohm's Law formulas for series circuits.
116.2SELECT proper box sizing for receptacle outlet, switch outlet, lighting outlet, and fan outlet. RECALL box fill calculations.
116.3RECOGNIZE individual and series-connected DC power sources.
119.4RECOGNIZE parallel-connected DC power sources.
119.5SELECT Ohm's Law formulas for parallel circuits.Taken
120.1DEFINE the NEC® circuit and receptacle requirements for electrical clothes dryer outlets.
121.2DESCRIBE underground requirements using conduit and nonmetallic cable.
123.1MATCH circuit and receptacle installation for kitchen ranges, ovens, and counter mounted cooking equipment based on NEC® requirements.
124.1RECOGNIZE the circuit installation for ceiling heat/vent/light units in bathrooms based on NEC® requirements.
125.1RECOGNIZE circuit installation for heating cable, electric furnaces, electric baseboard heaters, heat pumps, and air conditioners based on NEC® requirements.
128.5RECOGNIZE features and voltage of multiple battery connections.
129.1FORMULATE Ohm's Law while performing circuit calculations for combination circuits.Taken
129.2SELECT proper conduit size by utilizing tables 4 and 5 in the NEC®.
129.3STATE conductor ampacity (corrected for temperature, rooftop installation, and greater than three current-carrying conductors). SELECT maximum ratings of overcurrent protection for conductors.
130.2DESCRIBE the cost of using electricity through calculation.
132.2RECOGNIZE the NEC® requirements for ratings, sizing, and installation requirements of various OCPDs.
132.3RECOGNIZE possible circuit conditions. (Normal, Short-circuit, Overload, Open, Ground-Fault)
134.1RECOGNIZE electrical hazards associated with pools, spas, hot tubs, and hydromassage bathtubs.

IEC Curriculum—Year 2

ID Topic Availability
201.7DEFINE classification and divisions of hazardous locations as described in NEC® 500.
203.6DEFINE specific installation criteria for Class 2 installations as described in NEC® 502.
204.4IDENTIFY the characteristics of branch circuits, feeders, and taps.
204.5INDICATE practical application of OCPDs.
205.4DEFINE specific installation criteria for commercial garage installations as described in NEC® 511.
207.1RECALL Ohm's Law as it relates to practical applications.
207.2STATE the general requirements and installation practices for all wiring methods as described in NEC® Article 300.
208.4FORMULATE calculations for pull box sizing.
208.6DEFINE specific installation criteria for spray application installations as described in NEC® 516.
210.4DEFINE specific installation criteria for general, patient, and critical care areas in health care facilities as described in NEC® 517.
211.3RECOGNIZE the type, grounding, and installation requirements for receptacles, cord, connectors, and attachment plugs.
211.4IDENTIFY the branch circuit ratings, overcurrent protection, disconnect means, markings, and installation requirement for appliances.
211.6DEFINE non-patient car area requirements in health care facilities as described in NEC® 517.
212.2RECOGNIZE basics of AC power, AC generation, frequency, voltage, and current.
212.4DEFINE requirements for places of assembly as described in NEC® 518-530.
213.2DESCRIBE and PREDICT the leading and lagging effects on the voltage and current relationship when inductive reactance and capacitive reactance are present in an AC circuit.
213.3DEFINE requirement for miscellaneous buildings as described in NEC® 545-555.
214.2IDENTIFY the relationship between true power, apparent power and power factor.
215.4LIST transformer types as per NEC® 450 part II. DESCRIBE general information and special considerations for dry-type transformers.
216.2RECOGNIZE how to avoid overloading and properly CHOOSE a single-phase transformer.
220.1RECOGNIZE and EXPLAIN 3Ø, 3-wire, closed-delta secondary outputs, capacities, and connections. IDENTIFY proper primary tap connections and PERFORM calculations.
221.2PERFORM current, power, and tap calculations for transformers and connected loads.
222.2FORMULATE three-phase and single-phase bolted-fault currents.
223.2IDENTIFY NEC® and manufacturer’s transformer installation requirements.
224.2RECOGNIZE and CHOOSE applications involving buck-boost transformers. PERFORM the calculations for determining the output voltages and capacities of these transformers.
225.1COMPUTE the output voltage when supply voltages are other than the table values.
226.2DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN installation requirements for transfer switches and generators.
228.1DESCRIBE and EXPLAIN the operation, construction, and required connections for DC motors.
229.2RECOGNIZE and DEMONSTRATE proper connections of wye-and delta-wound squirrel cage induction motors. DEMONSTRATE marking the leads of unmarked 9-lead motors.
230.4MASTER adjustment factors for motor branch circuits due to voltage drop, ambient temperature and/or multiple conductors in a raceway.
233.3FORMULATE the minimum for conductors, safety switches, and OCPDs used for air conditioning and refrigeration equipment branch circuits.

IEC Curriculum—Year 3

ID Topic Availability
302.2EXPLAIN the path taken by fault current and PREDICT its effect on OCPD operation.
303.1REVIEW grounding and bonding terms referenced in NEC® Articles 100 and 250.
303.2MASTER general grounding and bonding requirements.
304.2EXPLAIN a separately derived system.
304.3REVIEW the various common AC voltage systems. DETERMINE which systems and branch circuits are not required or are not permitted to be grounded.
305.1RECALL and EXPLAIN the function, installation requirements, and sizing of main and system bonding jumpers.
307.1DEMONSTRATE the requirements for line-side bonding jumpers including materials used, installation and sizing.
309.1EXPLAIN the equipment grounding conductor methods contained in NEC® Part VII.
311.2RECALL "specifications."SHOW the purpose and formats of specifications.
314.1Using BCES schedules as an example, (wall finishes, ceiling heights, door and window, etc.) RECOGNIZE and ANALYZE when this information affects an electrical installation.
320.2WRITE simple ladder diagrams using toggle switch and pilot light symbols. LABEL ladder diagrams.
321.2RECOGNIZE the purpose and function of contactors and relays. SHOW what happens to contacts when the coils are energized.
325.1IDENTIFY circuit components from the work description.
329.1RECALL the purpose and function of motor overloads.
329.2DEMONSTRATE motor power connections as required for the available circuit voltage.
329.3PREDICT performance for complex control circuits under varying conditions.
331.2DESCRIBE and USE magnetic motor starters to reverse the rotation of motors. ILLUSTRATE the ladder diagrams for these circuits.

IEC Curriculum—Year 4

ID Topic Availability
401.1DEMONSTRATE a broad understanding on working on or near energized electrical equipment as explained by OSHA and NFPA 70E.
404.1CONTRAST timing relays with non-timing relays. LIST the types of timers available, IDENTIFY timing modes and RECOGNIZE the symbols used for timing relay contacts in ladder diagrams.
404.2SELECT and ILLUSTRATE the operation of ON-DELAY timing relays.
406.3SELECT and ILLUSTRATE the operation of multi-function timing relays.
408.1DESCRIBE and DEMONSTRATE the basic operation and uses for counters.
410.3DESCRIBE and CHOOSE between various solid-state (including soft-start) motor starting methods.
411.2LIST and EXPLAIN the various accelerating and decelerating methods for all motors.
412.1RECOGNIZE and EXPLAIN the basic operation and use of programmable controllers.
412.2RECOGNIZE programmable controller components and EXPLAIN their operation. USE basic programming symbols and logic functions.
414.3IDENTIFY and USE a mechanically-held (latching) relay. EXPLAIN how these lighting contactors are used with building automation systems.
416.2OUTLINE and EXPLAIN the processes utilized to troubleshoot equipment.
416.3OUTLINE and EXPLAIN the processes utilized to troubleshoot control circuits.
416.4OUTLINE and EXPLAIN the processes utilized to troubleshoot power circuits.
419.4REVIEW box-fill and box-sizing calculations.
421.5REVIEW ampacity correction factor calculations for conductors.
423.1REVIEW NEC® requirements, locations and calculations for kitchen circuits and equipment.
424.2REVIEW NEC® requirements for clearances and working space.
425.2REVIEW NEC® requirements for commercial branch circuits and outlets.
426.3REVIEW NEC® requirements for health care facilities.
428.1REVIEW NEC® requirements for places of assembly.
428.3REVIEW NEC® requirements for swimming pools, spas, and fountains.
429.2REVIEW NEC® requirements for transformers.
430.2CHOOSE Motor Branch circuit short-circuit and ground-fault protection rating.
431.1REVIEW NEC® requirements for one family and multifamily dwelling service calculations.
433.1DESCRIBE and APPLY the basic functions of a fire alarm system.
434.1RECOGNIZE and EXPLAIN the basic functions of Voice/Data/Video (VDV) networks.
434.4RECOGNIZE and EXPLAIN types of fiber, fiber connectors, and terminations.
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Each video submission must be based on a lesson topic displayed in the list below. Each lesson topic can be chosen by as many as two IEC instructors. Once a lesson topic has been chosen by two IEC instructors, that topic will be removed from the list of available topics.

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