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New Mexico

Residential Electrical Inspector

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Regulation and Licensing Department
Construction Industries Division (CID)

2550 Cerrillos Road - 3rd Floor
Santa Fe, NM  87505
Phone:  (505) 476-4500
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PSI Exams of New Mexico
2820 Broadbent Parkway, Suites E & F
Albuquerque, NM  87107
Phone:  (877) 663-9267
Exam Type
OPEN  BOOK
Exam Content
Subject Areas# of
Questions
General Knowledge & Electrical Installation Requirements7
Services, Feeders & Branch Circuits10
Overcurrent Protection4
Grounding & Bonding6
Conductors & Cables7
Raceways & Boxes5
Special Occupancies & Special Equipment, including Pools2
Lighting & General-Use Equipment2
New Mexico State Code5
Low Voltage2
Total number of test questions:
50
Time allowed (minutes):
120
Books Allowed in the Exam
1.
National Electrical Code (NFPA-70), [or] The National Electrical Code Handbook, 2017, NFPA
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2.
New Mexico Electrical Code (NMAC 14.10.4), NMRLD
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QUESTION:  "What is the difference between the National Electrical Code (NEC) and the Handbook version (or Fire Code Handbooks)?".  As far as the actual NEC code quoted in the text... it's the same.

The NEC Handbook has additional drawings and explainations inserted into the text (adding more pages and raising the price).  It was designed for engineers and inspectors.  The typical exam candidate should not use it as a prefered reference.

Additional Recommended Books
1a.
Ferm's Fast Finder Index, 2017, IAEI
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1b.
Tom Henry's Key Word Index, 2017, Tom Henry
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We highly recommend that you purchase one of the reference books above to study for your exam.  Each book is a comprehensive subject index to the NEC.  They provide an even faster way to look up answers in the code and are far more detailed than the index at the end of the code book.

2.
Ugly's Electrical References, 2017, George Hart
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The book title above contains practical applications of the NEC such as Ohm‘s Law, series/parallel circuits, voltage drop, load calculations, motor phases, impediance, inductance and math formulas you are expected to know.  The "Basic Knowledge" covered in the exam is assumed and sometimes not listed as a subject. This book also covers subjects listed as "Calculations and Theory".

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