Electrical Power Testing

NICET certification in Electrical Power Testing has been designed for technicians who test equipment used in the production, transmission, and distribution of electrical power. The scope of the program is summarized in the box below.

Scope of Electrical Power Testing Program
This certification program is intended for technicians who are engaged in inspection, testing, and periodic maintenance of electrical power equipment, and evaluation of such equipment for acceptance for service, continued serviceability, or required maintenance.

The various types of equipment that generate, transport, transform, store, route, and control electrical power together constitute an infrastructure that is vital to our way of life and our economic potential. Technicians who advance in this career field must have the skills and temperament to work with high-value equipment and consequential procedures; and must develop knowledge of complex power equipment, test equipment, and test procedures. At more advanced levels, they must develop an understanding of power systems and test procedures, and the ramifications of various actions or problems.

Levels of Certification

Certifications will be offered at each of four Levels, each representing progressively greater knowledge and experience. Content Outlines show the range of work that the technician should have had knowledge of and experience with at the time of certification.

Certification Requirements

Level I
Under the supervision of a higher-level technician, work safely around electrical power equipment and cabling; identify test equipment; and make basic electrical connections.

Content Outline, Level I
Selected General References, Level I

Level II
Under general supervision, isolate and ground power equipment safely; connect test equipment; and conduct and document standard tests of basic (single-function) equipment.

Content Outline, Level II
Selected General References, Level II

Level III
Manage switching procedures; conduct tests of complex (multi-function) equipment; analyze test and equipment data; and plan a job and lead a team.

Content Outline, Level III
Selected General References, Level III

Level IV —Certifications are now being awarded
Conduct tests of complex metering and relay systems; evaluate tests, test equipment, test results, and power system performance; recommend actions to maintain or improve system performance; and lead multi-team projects.

Content Outline, Level IV
Selected General References, Level IV

Applying for Certification

Qualified individuals are awarded certification on the basis of successful testing and documented work experience.

Application Procedures
Experience Application

Standard Model/CBT Application  
Level I $199
Level II $255
Level III $310
Level IV $360
Rescheduling more than 24 hours before your exam date is complimentary in the same testing window. Please contact PearsonVUE.

Within 24 hours, after your scheduled date or for a new testing window there is an additional fee equal to one half of the original testing fee.

 

 

What is the Test Like?

Electrical Power Testing Exam Requirements
Exam Names Certification
Level
I II III IV
Level I Level I Exam
(76 questions, 80 min.)
Level II Level II Exam
(149 questions, 170 min.)
 
Level III Level III Exam
(148 questions, 170 min.)
   
Level IV Level IV Exam
(81 questions, 110 min.)
     
 
√ indicates a passing score is required to meet the exam requirement for the specific level.

The exam will be administered on a computer at a proctored test center managed by a test administration company. These exams are normally closed book; any exception to this policy will be stated in the test information for that program. The content outline for the program will serve as the guide to what will be covered on the test.

Each test session begins with a tutorial allowing you get used to the process. During the test, you will see one question at a time, but can move forward or backwards to view or review other questions. There may be a graphic or text box to be viewed by clicking a button. Correct answers will usually be selected by clicking the boxes next to the answers. In a few questions, you may be presented a picture and asked to click on the part of the picture that correctly answers the question. Questions may have more than one correct answer, but in those cases, you will be told how many answers to choose. You will receive your score at the conclusion of your test session.

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Calculators

A calculator is built into the exam. Please see the CBT Calculator Preview for information about the onscreen calculator. Candidates may not bring any additional calculators into the testing room.

Program Development and Support

This program is the product of the time and effort of dozens of subject matter experts from all parts of the electrical testing industry, who came together to determine the scope and structure of the program, produce the Content Outlines, write and review test questions, and set the test passing standard and the work experience requirements. NICET thanks the individuals who contributed by participating in one or more of the various development meetings, and the companies that supported their travel and time.

NICET thanks NETA, the InterNational Electrical Testing Association, for its support and encouragement for the development of this program.

NICET is grateful to the following companies, whose concern for quality led them to provide facilities and support for program development meetings.