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examination content outline - Entertainment electrician

To begin your preparation for the electrical certification examination, you need to know what content areas are included in the actual examination. Information regarding the content of the examination is presented below and in the candidate handbook.

The content outlines provide a general overview of the examination and can give you specific study direction by revealing the relative importance of each category on the examination. The content for the examination is based on a job analysis performed by twelve subject matter experts under the guidance of a professional psychometric firm, along with input from hundreds of electricians across North America.

To determine whether the Entertainment Electrician Certification or the Portable Power Distribution Technician Certificationis right for you, please read the Scope of Work Document.

Examination Topic
Number of
Questions
1. ELECTRICAL SKILLS
70
  A. APPLY ELECTRICAL THEORY
10
    1. Calculate formulas using electrical principles (e.g., Ohm’s law, power formula, horsepower to amperage calculations) , mathematical use to find unknown values  
    2. Calculate formulas using alternating current theory and application (e.g., three-phase systems, power factor, harmonics, phase cancellation)  
    3. Apply operational theory of dimmers (e.g., forward/reverse phase controlled, transistorized, sine wave)  
   

4. Apply operational theory of basic electronics (e.g., fuse identification, stepper motor, transistors, capacitors)

 
   

5. Apply operational theory of power supplies (e.g., linear, switch-mode)

 
   

6. Perform operations and procedures with electrical metering tools - multimeter (e.g., Volts, Amps, Ohms) ground testers

 
   

7. Perform operations and procedures with electrical metering tools - DMX512 tester, network/Ethernet tester

 
  B. HANG/RIG OVERHEAD EQUIPMENT
8
   

1. Calculate weight distributions of electrical equipment (e.g., luminaires, dimmers, projectors/video, special effects, cable)

 
   

2. Specify equipment hanging techniques (e.g., ropes, motors, clamps, chain, trusses, counterweight systems, lifts safety systems)

 
  C. SET UP ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
15
   

1. Portable power distribution equipment (e.g., dimmer racks and relay racks, power distrobution units, motor control centers, audio, projection/video systems)

 
   

2. Portable power generators/transformers

 
   

3. Utilization equipment (e.g., luminaires, video/projection, audio, automation, special effects)

 
   

4. Branch circuit wiring

 
   

5. Feeder wiring (e.g., feeder cables: bare-end; single-pole locking connector)

 
   

6. Safety ground/bonding connections

 
   

7. Set piece wiring (e.g., practical fixtures)

 
   

8. Specialized environmental applications (e.g., weather protection, damp/wet locations, GFCI protection)

 
  D. SET UP CONTROL SYSTEMS
10
   

1. Consoles, preset boards, and computers

 
   

2. Equipment addressing (e.g., scollers, dimmers, moving lights)

 
   

3. Network systems equipment (e.g., ethernet switches and routers, nodes, POE devices, wireless and network security)

 
   

4. DMX512/RDM distribution systems (e.g., opto-splitters, mergers, terminators, RDM)

 
    5. Wireless data transmission systems (e.g., DMX512, Ethernet)  
    6. Other advanced protocols (e.g., sACN, Artnet, RDM)  
  E. ASSEMBLE/INSTALL ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
10
   

1. Power connectors

 
   

2. Control cables (e.g., Ethernet, DMX512, audio)

 
   

3. Terminals (e.g., screw, spring-loaded, crimp)

 
   

4. Portable extension cords

 
   

5. Portable power feeder cables

 
   

6. Multi-cables (e.g., 19-pin connectors)

 
   

7. Distribution equipment

 
   

8. Untilization equipment (e.g., luminaires, video/projection, audio, automation/control, special effects, data/network systems)

 
 

F. OPERATE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

7
   

1. Conventional and moving lights

 
   

2. Followspot

 
   

3. Effects machine (e.g., hazer, bubble, fans)

 
   

4. Motor controls

 
   

5. Luminaire focusing

 
   

6. Luminaire accessories

 
 

G. MAINTAIN/TROUBLESHOOT ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

10
   

1. Luminaires and accessories

 
   

2. Dimming and relay equipment

 
   

3. Power distribution equipment

 
   

4. Electronic equipment (e.g., moving lights, consoles, network systems)

 
   

5. Special effects (e.g., fog/haze, water, snow, strobes)

 
   

6. Re-lamp/optimize luminaires (e.g., inandescent, sealed arc lamps, xenon)

 
2. REGULATIONS, CODES, AND LIFE SAFETY
35
 

A. ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL, STATE/PROVINCIAL, AND NATIONAL LAWS, CODES, STANDARDS, AND PERMITS

15
   

1. NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (US) / C.E.C ( Canada)

 
   

2. NFPA 70E Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (US) / CSA Z -462 (Canada)

 
   

3. OSHA (US) / OHSA ( Canada)

 
   

4. ESTA/ANSI

 
   

5. ESTA and Equity Fog/Smoke guidelines

 
   

6. Listings (e.g., ULand UL White Book, ETL. CSA)

 
   

7. Others by Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) (e.g., Life Safety Code - NFPA 101, building codes)

 
  B. FOLLOW SAFETY PROCEDURES
20
   

1. Electrical Safety

 
     

a. Shock prevention

 
     

b. Systems start up/shut down

 
     

c. Lock-out/tag-out

 
     

d. Working with “live” power

 
     

e. Arc blast/flash safety

 
     

f. Fire prevention and flammability mitigation

 
     

g. HazMat procedures (e.g., handling and documentation of asbestos insulation, mercury lamps and switches)

 
   

2. Use personal protective equipment

 
     

a. Electrical (e.g., voltage gloves, arc rated clothing)

 
     

b. Fall protection (e.g., harness, rope grab, lifeline, anchor points)

 
     

c. Hearing (e.g., earplugs, noise-cancelling headsets)

 
     

d. Sight (e.g., facemask, safety goggles)

 
     

e. Respiratory (e.g., particle mask, respirator)

 
   

3. Emergency safety

 
     

a. Perform basic fire fighting skills (e.g., fire extinguisher usage)

 
     

b. Perform basic first aid procedures

 
     

c. Perform basic CPR/AED procedures

 
     

d. Develop emergency evacuation plan (e.g., exits, EMS, emergency lighting)

 

3. ENTERTAINMENT ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS PLANNING

45
  A. DETERMINE POWER REQUIREMENTS
15
   

1. Nature of loads (e.g., lighting, audio, critical safety equipment, motors, harmonics, inrush current, power factor, automation equipment,

 
   

2. Voltage and frequency

 
   

3. AC/DC

 
   

4. Amperage and balancing of phase/loads

 
   

5. Required load diversity

 
   

6. Tap Rules

 
   

7. Phase (e.g., single, three-phase)

 
   

8. Grounding (e.g., isolated, equipment, technical, bonding)

 
   

9. Means of disconnect

 
   

10. UPS and backup power systems

 
    11. GFCI  
    12. Overcurrent protection  
    13 Fault Current coordination (e.g., SCCR)  
  B. DETERMINE THE SUITABILITY OF EXISTING PERMANENT POWER SUPPLY SOURCES
10
   

1. Service capacity (e.g., building service, overcurrent protection, company switch, available fault current)

 
   

2. Physical adequacy of proposed tie-in panel(s) - temporary tie-in means (e.g., lugs, bus bars, sister lugs)

 
   

3. Physical adequacy of proposed tie-in panel(s) permanent connection means (e.g., locking single pole connectors, pin and sleeve connectors, power lock style connectors)

 
  C. DETERMINE SPECIFICATIONS
12
   

1. Transformers (e.g., K-Ratings, harmonic-mitagating)

 
   

2. Portable power generators (e.g., capacity, voltage)

 
   

3. Portable power feeder cable systems

 
   

4. Branch circuit wiring

 
   

5. Overcurrent protection

 
   

6. GFCIt protection

 
   

7. Bonding and ground schemes

 
   

8. Lower voltage power wiring (e.g., LED fixtures, color changers)

 
   

9. Control, communication, and data distribution (e.g., DMX512, Ethernet, analog, wireless)

 
   

10. Systems to suspend equipment/cables (e.g., rigging, strain reliefs, safeties, weight loads)

 
    11. Cable management systems (e.g., reels, trays, picks, pantographs)  
   

12. Special Procedures/saftey protocols/risk analysis documents

 
  D. DOCUMENTATION
8
   

1. Interpret diagrams/plans (e.g., lighting plots/maps, control/riser, electrical single-line, electronic schematics)

 
   

2. Create equipment lists (e.g., shop orders, hookups)

 
   

3. Administer budget, inventory, crew schedules

 
     
TOTAL QUESTIONS
150

 

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