NFPA hosts a members only webcast each month called "Office Hours." It's a live event where NFPA staff present code content and answer questions from an online audience. The most recent show aired on August 22, 2013 and was focused on the 2014 edition of the NEC. I put together some of the training related content for the show and had one of those "Aha" moments when all of the data was compiled.
NFPA achieved something really special. During the week of August 19th, NFPA hosted the first NEC 2014 training seminar. Not a big deal, right? Actually--It's a huge deal. Let's look at some recent history:
June 12, 2013 - NFPA Conference and Expo - the NEC Technical Committee met to vote on the revisions to the NEC code
August 1, 2013 - Revisions to the 2014 edition of the code are approved
August 19, 2013 - The first 2014 NEC training class starts at NFPA headquarters
August 21, 2013 - The 2014 edition officially goes into effect
Looking at the chronology, I thought about the extensive process we go through to launch a seminar. Hundreds of man hours are necessary with dozens of meetings to create a top-notch seminar. We also added another level of complexity by offering an exam with a Certificate of Educational Achievement. Oh----and we used our new software program to deliver a course review and exam online. Did I also mention that we changed the number of days for this seminar from 3 to 4? The engineering staff along with our professional development team did a fantastic job putting together this seminar and launched it 2 whole days before the code went into effect.
The Marketing team recites a tag line in all of our marketing material when it comes to training. "We write the code. We develop the code. We teach the code." Now we can add that we teach the code before anyone else on the planet. I am just amazed and proud to be part of the team here at NFPA. Our attendees agree with us and it was great to hear their feedback. Here's what one of the attendees said after attending this class: "Great experience. Great value. Knowledgeable instructor. Great facility. Great 4 days."
The man hours. The meetings. The creation of materials. It takes a village to do what we do and for the 2014 edition of the NEC, the village here at NFPA headquarters is celebrating a major accomplishment. Hats off for a job well done.