Required Outlets

$ 29.00

Continuing Education Units (CEU): 0.10

Expected Duration: 1 Hour

This self-paced online course covers requirements for required outlets in the National Electrical Code. The course covers several types of outlets that are included in the NEC.

Upon completion you should be able to:

  • Explain the distinction between:
    • lighting outlets.
    • receptacle outlets.
    • power outlets.
    • outlets for specific appliances.
  • Identify the general requirements for outlets in all occupancies.
  • Explain how requirements for receptacle outlets in dwelling units are different for various needs.
  • Identify requirements for lighting outlets in various areas of dwelling units and other areas.

Who Will Benefit

Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects.

Course Summary

  • The NEC recognizes three different types of outlets: receptacle, lighting and power. Outlets for specific appliances are not separately defined by the NEC.
  • Some general requirements apply to all occupancies, covering receptacle outlets where appliances are used or where cord connections are intended to be made, and outlets for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
  • A large number of general requirements cover the spacing of receptacles throughout a dwelling unit, including requirements based on unbroken wall widths and countertops, as well as provisions for floor receptacles; small appliances; bathrooms; outdoor outlets for single- and multi-family dwellings; laundry areas; basements, garages, accessory buildings; hallways and foyers; guest rooms, guest suites and dormitories; and for servicing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
  • There are also a number of requirements for lighting outlets, both in dwelling units and areas other than dwelling units.
  • Occupancies other than dwelling units have fewer outlet requirements, but there are some, such as those covering healthcare occupancies and signs. Many other applications such as offices and meeting rooms require designers to determine where receptacles will be needed and where and how much lighting will be needed.