Craft Certification

The NJATC, working with the American Institutes for Research, has developed the Inside Electrical Craft Certification program. This program provides evaluation of electrical workers based on the Inside Wireman Job Analysis, completed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in 2005. The Job Analysis is a comprehensive analysis of the duties and types of work performed by Inside Wiremen, and is based on extensive research from multiple sources including: electrical contractors, journeymen wiremen, apprentices, training directors, and industry leaders. Verification of these duties and types of work was further verified through meeting with a select group of industry partners, identified as the National Electrical Certification Board, or NECB.

Craft Certification Examinations are designed to evaluate knowledge through the use of six levels of written examinations and skills/abilities through the use of six levels of performance evaluations. To view information relevant to the written examinations click the link titled "The Written Examination". To view information relevant to the performance evaluations click on the link titled "The Performance Evaluation".

Evaluation tools (written examinations and performance evaluations) are hosted locally by JATCs who have certified Test Administrators for written examinations or trained Performance Evaluators for performance evaluations. To offer the Written Examinations, the JATC must have access to an Internet connected computer lab. To offer the Performance Evaluation, the JATC must have a properly configured evaluation spaces or booths consisting of pre-installed equipment as well as tools and materials for the evaluation.

Craft Certification Written Examinations have been developed to evaluate knowledge about electrical materials, tools, and systems. There are six levels of written examinations. The Level 1 through Level 5 Examinations are designed to evaluate knowledge based on years of experience for entry level workers. The Level 1 Examination would be appropriate for someone with 1 year of experience in electrical construction. Levels 2 through 5 are for electrical workers with 2 through 5 years of experience. The Level 6 Examination covers all of the topics addressed in the Levels 1 through 5 Examinations, and is appropriate for anyone ready to become a Journeylevel Electrician or someone who is already a JW and needs evaluation.

All levels of written examination s are based on the NJATC Job Analysis, conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and are validated for use in determining training levels for electrical workers.

The following topics are addressed in the Craft Certification Written Examinations:

Level 1*

  • National Electrical Code
  • Raceways and Conduit Fabrication
  • Electrical Theory (DC Theory including Tech Math)
  • Job Information (Materials, Tools, Electrical Systems)
  • Orientation (The Construction Workplace, Safety, Support)

 

Level 2*

  • National Electrical Code
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Job Safety (Safety Related Work Practices)
  • Theory (AC Theory including Tech Math)
  • Job Information (Materials, Tools, Electrical Systems)

 

Level 3

  • National Electrical Code
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Job Safety (Safety Related Work Practices)
  • Electrical Grounding
  • Transformers
  • Job Information (Materials, Tools, Electrical Systems)

 

Level 4

  • National Electrical Code
  • Blueprint Reading
  • Electrical Grounding
  • Motors
  • Motor Control

 

Level 5

  • National Electrical Code
  • Motor Control
  • Torque
  • Rigging

*Level 1 and Level 2 Examinations may be suitable for use with Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Programs with appropriate prerequisite training.

All written examinations are delivered through over the Internet, and must be proctored by a certificated Test Administrator who has completed Test Administrator training. Each Level 1 through Level 5 written examination includes 100 multiple-choice questions, which cover the topics addressed in each level of the examination. The maximum allowable time for Level 1 through Level 5 Examinations is three hours. The Level 6 written examination includes 200 multiple choice questions addressing all of the topics covered in the Level 1 through 5 Examinations, and must be completed in a maximum of four hours. All topics addressed in the written examinations are addressed in the NJATC Inside Wireman Core Curriculum.

Completion of all of the written examinations, along with all of the performance evaluations, is a requirement for Craft Certification.

The passing score for each Level 1 through Level 6 written examination is 70%. Registered apprentices, who achieve a score of 80% or higher on each of the Level 1 through Level 5 Written Examinations, are exempt from the Level 6 examination if the individual's JATC approves this exemption for all registered apprentices in the program.

JATCs that need trained Test Administrators to proctor the written Craft Certification examinations should check the NJATC course schedule at NJATC course schedule to select a training location to complete training.

All written Craft Certification examinations must be completed following the standards established by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the NJATC.

Performance Evaluations are hands-on evaluations which includes a variety of tasks which must be completed by the individual being evaluated, without assistance, and only using the references and materials provided by the evaluator. The tasks are based on an individual's analysis of a blueprint drawing and a job specification page. These documents provide all information necessary to complete the evaluation.

There are six levels of performance evaluations. Level 1 through Level 5 evaluations are task specific evaluations, and are designed to evaluate specific tasks in a limited topic area. Level 1 through Level 5 evaluations are identified as Incremental Performance Evaluations. These evaluations are not linked with a specific year of training, but are designed to be used to evaluate Electrical Workers who have completed appropriate training at the time that training is completed.

Each of the Incremental Performance Evaluation is designed to be completed within a two-hour time limit. The following descriptions provide details about each level of Incremental Performance Evaluation.

Level 1

  • Conduit fabrication and installation
  • Installation of branch circuit conductors
  • National Electrical Code
  • Adherence to job specifications
  • Safety

 

Level 2

  • Conduit fabrication and installation
  • Installation of boxes
  • Installation of devices and luminaires
  • Installation of branch circuit conductors
  • Wiring of devices and luminaires
  • National Electrical Code
  • Adherence to job specifications
  • Safety

 

Level 3

  • Sizing and installation or raceways for transformer installations
  • Sizing and installation of primary and secondary circuit conductors for transformer installations
  • Sizing and installation of grounding conductors for transformer installations
  • Proper termination of transformer primary and secondary conductors
  • Proper configuration for transformer conductor wiring
  • Adherence to job specifications
  • Safety

 

Level 4

  • Proper wiring of a motor control panel based on an existing ladder diagram
  • Installation of raceways between a motor control panel and a combination motor starter
  • Installation of a flexible raceway between a combination motor starter and a three-phase motor
  • Installation and wiring of conductors between a motor control panel and a combination motor starter
  • Configuration of a combination motor starter including sizing of overcurrent and overload protection
  • Installation and termination of conductors between a combination motor starter and a three-phase motor
  • National Electrical Code
  • Adherence to job specifications
  • Safety

 

Level 5

  • Installation of conductors for non-addressable fire alarm devices
  • Installation of end-of-line devices for non-addressable fire alarm devices
  • Installation of conductors for addressable fire alarm devices
  • Installation of non-addressable and addressable fire alarm devices, including wiring
  • Configuration of fire alarm devices
  • Installation of branch circuit conductors
  • Installation of voice grade telephone circuits for fire alarm monitoring, including termination of Type 66 Blocks
  • Installation of data grade outlets and conductors with termination on Type 110 Blocks
  • National Electrical Code
  • Adherence to job specifications
  • Safety

 

The Level 6 evaluation is a journeylevel evaluation which addresses several selected topic areas identified by the Job Analysis completed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The Level 6 evaluation is a four-hour evaluation.

Skills which are covered in the 4-hour evaluation include:

Level 6

  • Power Distribution
  • Transformers
  • Motor Control
  • Branch Lighting
  • Branch Receptacles
  • Grounding
  • Safety
  • Material Identification
  • Tool Usage

Tasks which might be necessary are the installation of raceways, wiring and devices; and the configuration of equipment, to meet the needs of the project. As with the Levels 1-5 evaluations, individual completing the evaluation must complete the evaluations with only the materials and reference documents provided by the trained Performance Evaluator assigned to proctor the evaluation.

In addition to evaluating skills, the performance evaluation also evaluates knowledge, as many of the tasks require analysis and configuration to complete the described systems. The evaluation is completed as if it is a jobsite and individuals being evaluated are treated as workers with responsibility in completing the project.

JATCs that need trained Performance Evaluators to proctor performance evaluations should check the NJATC course schedule at http://www.njatc.org/training/courses.aspx to select a training location to complete training.

 

All Craft Certification performance evaluations must be completed in a validated evaluation space registered with the NJATC; and must be performed by an IBEW Journeyman Wireman who has completed performance evaluation training provided by the NJATC. All performance evaluations must be completed using documents available from the NJATC.

There are no study guides for the written examinations. Analysis of the topics listed in the description included under the written examination page link will however; provide insight into topics to study as you prepare for any level of examination. The level of study for any topic would be similar to that completed by someone enrolled in comprehensive training courses on those topics. The NJATC has training materials and courses for each of the topics.

To successfully complete the Performance Evaluation, individuals should have field experience or on-the-job training in the topics covered. While knowledge of these topics will be an enabling factor in completing these evaluations; the level of the tasks to be completed necessitate that individuals challenging any level of performance evaluation have previously installed similar systems either through field experience or in realistic hands-on classroom lab settings, and are familiar with methods and procedures for installing these systems.

WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS

Individuals who are registered as a Test Administrator for the NJATC Electrical Trades Aptitude Test can also become qualified to administer the six levels of the online Craft Certification Examination. If you are not registered as a Test Administrator, you must complete that training prior to becoming qualified to administer the Craft Certification Examinations.

To become registered as a Craft Certification Online Test Administrator, trained NJATC Test Administrators should contact the NJATC and request the appropriate registration form. In your application, you will include your credentials (Name, Test Administrator Training Date, Training Location, Test Administrator Number and a personal email address), along with other contact information such as program affiliation, mailing address and phone numbers.

Once your credentials have been verified, you will receive an email with a PDF manual that provides information about how to set up examinations, register individuals to take examinations, and schedule individuals into specific examination sessions. You can then sign into the NJATC/RedVector website using your individual email and the password you indicated in your registration. You will then be able to administer your exams.

NOTE: Group email addresses are not allowed. Requirements for use of the Craft Certification site specify that the email address used for your account must be private. Multiple proctors from a JATC or other entity can become qualified but each must have his/her own secure email address.

 

To set up exams or review the results of exams that you have administered, you must:

    Log on to the NJATC "Members Area" link at the top of this page. Click on the "Craft Certification" link. Enter your Craft Certification "username" and "password".

 

You will then be directed to the Craft Certification Test Administrator site.

There is a charge for each online Craft Certification Examination. While a Test Administrator may register multiple individuals to take the online examination, your JATC will only be billed for exams which are delivered. If you schedule ten (10) individuals to take and examination and only eight (8) actually take the examination, you will only be billed for the eight (8) that actually challenged the examination.

Check with the NJATC at 888.652.4007 for information about the cost of online written Craft Certification examinations.

 

PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

Individuals who have completed the NJATC Performance Evaluation Training Course can become qualified to deliver performance evaluations to individuals in their program. Evaluators must be registered with the NJATC to receive evaluation packets, and to receive scoring of completed evaluations from the NJATC. In addition, evaluations can only be performed in Performance Evaluation Stations, approved by the NJATC. To receive a copy of the drawings for the Evaluation Station, send an email to CraftCertification@njatc.org including your name, JATC program or Local Union affiliation, mailing address and phone number requesting the information. The drawings will be shipped to you when your information is verified.

Once you have been qualified as a Performance Evaluator and your evaluation space has been validated, you must order a Performance Evaluation Packets to physically complete Performance Evaluations.

 

Level 1 through Level 5 Evaluations

All Incremental Evaluations for a single individual are included in a single packet. For each Performance Evaluation Kit Level 1 - 5 (PEVALIK) that you order, your program will be billed at the current price. This fee includes the cost of printing the materials, scoring the forms, entering the information into the Craft Certification Database and reporting the results to the JATC's Training Director. Note packet(s) and kit(s) can only be ordered by authorized parties. Each Performance Evaluation Packet is serially numbered. Please make sure this number is on all information that is sent back on the participant. If not, it will not be scored. To order evaluation packet(s) or kit(s), use the standard NJATC Order Form.

 

Listed are all the materials required to complete a performance evaluation for one individual.

  1. Incremental Performance Evaluation Instructions
  2. Incremental Performance Evaluation Workbook and Guidelines
  3. Packets:
    1. Level 1
    2. Level 2
    3. Level 3
    4. Level 4
    5. Level 5

 

Level 6 Evaluations

One Level 6 Packet (PEVALK) is required for each individual to be evaluated. Your Program will be billed at the current price for each packet. This fee includes the cost of printing the materials, scoring the forms, entering the information into the Craft Certification Database and reporting the results to the JATC's Training Director. Note packet(s) and kit(s) can only be ordered by authorized parties. Each Performance Evaluation Packet is serially numbered. Please make sure this number is on all information that is sent back on the participant. If not, it will not be scored. To order evaluation packet(s) or kit(s), use the standard NJATC Order Form.

 

Listed are all the materials required to complete a performance evaluation for one individual.

  1. Evaluation Instructions
  2. A procedures manual and scoring booklet, with evaluation summary form
  3. Projects (Evaluations) Blueprints and Specifications

Check with the NJATC at 888.652.4007 for information about the cost of online Craft Certification Performance Evaluation kits.

 

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions, send your email requests to CraftCertification@electricaltrainingalliance.org and we will answer your questions by return email.