2019 National Contest

IEC Contest for Content

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2019

Contest Overview

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.

The Home Depot Pro Xtra Program

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.
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.Taken
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.
113.4DESCRIBE the NEC® requirements for GFCI, AFCI, TVSS, SPD, IG, ALCI, and hospital grade protective devices.
115.3SELECT Ohm's Law formulas for series circuits.
119.5SELECT Ohm's Law formulas for parallel circuits.
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.
129.1FORMULATE Ohm's Law while performing circuit calculations for combination circuits.
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)

IEC Curriculum—Year 2

ID Topic Availability
204.4IDENTIFY the characteristics of branch circuits, feeders, and taps.
214.2IDENTIFY the relationship between true power, apparent power and power factor.
219.1DESCRIBE three-phase power generation, RECOGNIZE delta and wye voltage systems and DEFINE three-phase Ohm’s law formulas.
221.2PERFORM current, power, and tap calculations for transformers and connected loads.
222.2FORMULATE three-phase and single-phase bolted-fault currents.

IEC Curriculum—Year 3

ID Topic Availability
303.2MASTER general grounding and bonding requirements.
307.1DEMONSTRATE the requirements for line-side bonding jumpers including materials used, installation and sizing.Taken
219.1DESCRIBE three-phase power generation, RECOGNIZE delta and wye voltage systems and DEFINE three-phase Ohm’s law formulas.
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.Taken
329.1RECALL the purpose and function of motor overloads.

IEC Curriculum—Year 4

ID Topic Availability
404.2SELECT and ILLUSTRATE the operation of ON-DELAY timing relays.Taken
406.3SELECT and ILLUSTRATE the operation of multi-function timing relays.Taken
412.1RECOGNIZE and EXPLAIN the basic operation and use of programmable controllers.Taken
414.3IDENTIFY and USE a mechanically-held (latching) relay. EXPLAIN how these lighting contactors are used with building automation systems.
416.4OUTLINE and EXPLAIN the processes utilized to troubleshoot power circuits.Taken
Choose and register a topic that you wish to use

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.

Submit Final Video and Files