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Jeremy Young

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LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
« on: February 25, 2019, 05:30:08 pm »

This post is just an FYI for those who may be operating in BC Canada and who (like me prior to last week) were unaware of this certification program.

It seems that our local inspectors (BC Safety Authority) have prepared a certification program for those who work in Live Sound and theatres that bridges the gap between unregulated work and that which requires electrical tickets like the FE or LE.  Seems like a great idea, except when you don't know it exists. 

I'm currently applying to take the exam myself, but thought this information might be useful to someone else.  For me it was mentioned by another local sound engineer, but had it been an inspector shutting down my show it would have been a very nasty surprise indeed.

LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
"The Live Performance Electrical Certificate (LPEC) is an industry training credential for workers who
perform temporary assembly and interconnection of plug-in wiring systems used in live performing arts,
trade shows, conventions, touring shows and festivals."

See their FAQ sheet for details.
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Re: LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 12:34:05 pm »

This post is just an FYI for those who may be operating in BC Canada and who (like me prior to last week) were unaware of this certification program.

It seems that our local inspectors (BC Safety Authority) have prepared a certification program for those who work in Live Sound and theatres that bridges the gap between unregulated work and that which requires electrical tickets like the FE or LE.  Seems like a great idea, except when you don't know it exists. 

I'm currently applying to take the exam myself, but thought this information might be useful to someone else.  For me it was mentioned by another local sound engineer, but had it been an inspector shutting down my show it would have been a very nasty surprise indeed.

LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
"The Live Performance Electrical Certificate (LPEC) is an industry training credential for workers who
perform temporary assembly and interconnection of plug-in wiring systems used in live performing arts,
trade shows, conventions, touring shows and festivals."

See their FAQ sheet for details.
Thanks for posting this!
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Re: LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 09:21:52 am »

Sounds much like the proposed Maryland law coming up before the responsible committee tomorrow (Mar 1. 2019).  https://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,170194.0.html


BC requires 800 hours under a licensed person.  Maryland is only requiring 3,000 hours.  Oh, and MD requires the Low Voltage license to work with optical cable, too.  Glass? Really?  Especially in this arena, do we need that extensive experience?  Is this not an example where one could test out?


Honestly, is this level of regulation and oversight really necessary?  On one hand, most of what we Loungers do on a small stage are fairly obvious and low risk.  On the other hand, I see smart people making dumb decisions i.e., cutting ground pins and cheaters, among other more dangerous "shortcuts".


Can we legislate and regulate out laziness and stupidity?


I'm thinking of the chilling effect on low/no budget community festivals and theater.


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Re: LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 12:36:52 pm »

Hi Frank, I haven't admittedly been paying attention to the Maryland thread but I'll check it out before commenting on my thoughts on it.  Thanks for sharing that here.

I just received a response from ActSafe that I am qualified to take the exam, so that means they are not terribly discriminating and it really is up to the person taking the course to qualify based on knowledge.  Hopefully I can prove my knowledge in the exam.  I wasn't able to get my former employer to sign off on my 800-hours since he is now deceased and I've been working freelance/solo ever since, but I plead my case and they made an exception for me. 

It could have gone a different way and that might have changed my outlook on this whole regulation thing, but for now I'll say that safety should always be a top priority and any program that encourages training/certification like this should be a welcome addition to this industry.
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« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 07:09:17 pm »

...and I passed with 95% on the exam!  Hopefully that 5% I got wrong doesn't kill me.  /satire *immediately knocks on wood*
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2019, 09:10:01 am »

...and I passed with 95% on the exam!  Hopefully that 5% I got wrong doesn't kill me.  /satire *immediately knocks on wood*

I'm curious if you get feedback on what answers you got wrong. As a teacher, I think that's very important to a student correcting their knowledge errors.
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Re: LPEC - Live Performance Electrical Certificate
« Reply #6 on: Yesterday at 03:39:50 pm »

They don't, but this is from their FAQ section:

"After I take the exam, will I get a chance to review the questions I got wrong?

Weíve heard from many people who would like to see how they did on the exam, and most people have very good reasons for asking. Unfortunately, we canít offer feedback because the test has to be applied consistently to assess the competency of all candidates fairly. We donít change the test unless we are made aware of an error, so giving candidates information about their results compromises the test.

However, if youíve failed the test twice and would like to study before you try it again, please call [omitted]. In those cases only, she can review your previous results. If the errors you made on the first two attempts fall into one or two knowledge areas, she can give you some general advice about what to study before you do the test again."
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