There is growing concern for workforce skills gaps in the electrical industry as well as in other sectors. Employers are challenged to find skilled workers; and employees need skills development to meet today’s job demands. To support members’ professional development requirements, EFC has partnered with the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED), the National Electrical Manufacturers’ Representatives’ Association (NEMRA) and CSA Group to provide Canadian members with workforce development resources and programs.
Whether you’re a manager who is searching for ways to strengthen your group’s skills and knowledge base, or you’re a member employee who wants to improve your skillset to help advance your career, the following programs are available to all members:
If you have any questions about the above program offerings, please contact EFC Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Available to EFC’s manufacturers’ reps.
The Manufacturers’ Representatives Educational Research Foundation (MRERF) offers this program to rep members who wish to gain knowledge and insight on how to operate a more effective and profitable rep firm. Graduates earn the right to use the distinctive CPMR® designation and gain membership to MRERF’s Institute for Professional Advancement (IPA).
Who Should Attend?
- Rep firm owners, managers and next generation owners or managers
- Personnel from small or large firms
- Managers seeking to improve their skills
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Available to all EFC members.
Improve your skillset with CSA Group’s training courses on the Canadian Electrical Code.
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Detailed Overview of Changes – 2018 Canadian Electrical Code
Online (4 hours) – 1 day in classroom
The 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I contains many critical updates and major changes that are potentially of significance to your business. This course is designed to provide an update on all detailed changes contained in the new edition.
Designed for professionals with a good working knowledge of the CE Code, Part I, and who only need to know the changes to the new edition, this course offered several formats such as: Online, in-class or onsite at your location, provides a comprehensive overview of the key changes in the 2018 edition.
Navigating the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code
Online (30 minutes)
This course provides practical guidance on how to navigate and use the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I so that you can easily locate the information you need the most, whenever you need it. This online course is designed to help CE Code users save time and increase productivity by learning how to more effectively find information, definitions and recognize the overall scope of the code.
Modularized Electrical Code Onsite Training
In classroom, duration is based on the number of modules selected
CSA Group has an entire library of learning modules for the Canadian Electrical Code that are typically pre-packaged into set training courses. Customers now have the flexibility to create a personalized training curriculum, based on the Canadian Electrical Code, for their group onsite training event. Our broad selection of training modules offer a flexible, modular solution where you control the content & timing of your training session, to deliver you the most value.
2018 Canadian Electrical Code: Grounding & Bonding
Online training (3 hours)
This online course provides an overview of the grounding, bonding and equipotential bonding requirements in the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. Rather than reviewing the Code in its entirety, this course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Section 10 of the CE Code.
With an emphasis on safety, this course explores the requirements for grounding and bonding to help minimize the risk and severity of electric shock to better protect workers and prevent damage to property during a fault event.
This course highlights practical information through scenarios, activities and real-world examples to assist in conveying CE Code requirements.
Hazardous Area Requirements for Electrical Equipment
Provides a foundation of knowledge to help operations, maintenance, safety, electrical and instrumentation professionals systematically approach requirements for designing, installing and maintaining electrical equipment in hazardous areas. It provides a complete review of classifications based on division, zone, dust, and gas.
CEC Part III Essentials Course, 2020 Edition – Guidelines for Overhead and Underground Systems
The new edition of C22.3 No.1:20, Overhead systems helps ensure the safety and protection of people, services and property by specifying minimum design requirements for overhead electricity supply and communication systems. The standard is referenced by railways, regulators, engineering consultants, electrical and communication utilities across Canada.
Climate change adaptation initiative, CSA C22.3 No. 1 and CSA C22.3 No. 7 now contain requirements for electrical installations subject to harm from five types of severe weather-related events: flooding/drought, icing/snow/hail, high winds, wildfires, and permafrost thaw.
It’s important that we continue to train new staff so we can help develop the next generation of employees. It’s also imperative that we provide existing, tenured employees with professional development opportunities to help sharpen their skillsets and industry knowledge.
Developed by Electro-Federation Canada for the North American Electrical industry, the brand new series of training modules support your employees’ professional development and industry knowledge. As you formalize your budget planning, please ensure that you allocate funds for your employees to take advantage of these training modules.
Sponsored in part by EFC, the Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University is revered and respected as one of the best distribution program in North America. The program provides a comprehensive engineering and business curriculum to students seeking a career in the field of distribution. More on this program
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CEP Overview: The Certified Electrical Professional (CEP) program sets the standards of performance for those working in the industry. Learn more.
CEP Sales: This program offers sales professionals the opportunity to learn, grow and further develop their careers. This one-of-a-kind designation validates their skill set and increases the level of professionalism in the industry. Learn more.
For more than 30 years, NAED’s EPEC program has seen more than 11,000 graduates and has become known as the cornerstone of sales and product training in the electrical distribution industry. The 3 levels of recognition – Bronze, Silver, and Gold – provide information about individual products, their applications and how they are interrelated with other products in electrical systems.
This program is recommended for associates of all levels who are looking to increase their level of confidence with electrical products, improve their communication when talking about concepts and ideas in the electrical industry, and enhance their ability to analyse and recommend complete holistic solutions. All of the levels are available as a self-study workbook or online through the NAED Learning Center.Learn more
Special Note: The EPEC Bronze level will be available in French by the end of 2020 and will include all of the same modules and prints as the English versions. The Silver level translation is planned for 2021.
Additional courses offered through the EPEC program include (only offered in English at this time):
This specialized course takes the product knowledge and sales skills from Bronze, Silver, and Gold and applies them specifically to lighting and controls. Learn more.
This course presents the fundamental information needed to sell automation products within the electrical distribution field. Students will broaden their knowledge base to better answer customers’ needs in this growing market. Learn more.
Built from the knowledge of industry experts and modeled after the EPEC program, VDV focuses on voice, data, and video products. This course will help students provide their customers with the products that best fit their needs. Learn more.
Industry-specific courses to develop a foundational understanding of the electrical distribution industry. NAED offers currently 11 industry specific courses (in English only). Learn more by following the links below:
- VIP Management: Designed for emerging leaders, VIP Management is comprised of four main focus areas: Managing Change, Managing People, Managing the Business, and Managing Yourself. Learn more.
- VIP Safety: The VIP Safety package includes a total of 70 courses with access to Workplace Safety, HR Compliance and Transportation courses. Learn more.
- VIP Core: Access more than 90 courses, including Boost Profits, Bottom Line Basics, Counter Pro, Customer Service, EDGE, Sales Pro, Selling Green and Warehouse Pro. Learn more.
- Industry Bundle: This industry-specific package includes essential industry courses such as EDGE, Intro to Electrical Distribution, Sales Pro, Selling Green and Warehouse Pro. Learn more.
- Learning Plans by Job Role: Want to start or enhance an employee training program but not sure where to start? NAED offers customized learning plans by job role. Learn more.
- Bottom Line Basics: This course teaches the key financial indicators used to measure profitability. Learn more.
- Counter Pro: This course builds an understanding of the service and business sides of electrical distribution. Learn more.
- Intro to Electrical Distribution: Learn about the electrical distribution industry, the various roles and career options. Learn more.
- EDGE: This course provides a solid foundation of electrical products and terms, basic electrical principles and customer applications. Learn more.
- Inside Sales Pro: This course will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses in areas for inside sales success. Learn more.
- Outside Sales Pro: This course will help students identify their strengths and weaknesses in areas for outside sales success. Learn more.
NEMRA U makes training affordable and attainable for reps and manufacturers, allowing them to securely access, share and manage direct brand and product training modules – all in one location.
NEMRA is constantly expanding its NEMRA U+ library, which provides access to our full library of over 800+ sales, leadership, management and soft-skills courses at a cost of only $100.00/user, per year.
Follow this link to sign up now: https://go.bluevolt.com/NEMRA/s/
Kellogg Executive Education: Presented by NEMRA & The Kellogg Sales InstituteProfessional development courses offered year-round.
NEMRA has teamed up with The Kellogg Sales Institute to offer elite, executive education courses year-round, with each course being a stand-alone offering. This curriculum structure allows our members to easily continue their education in bite-sized pieces. Helmed by Craig Wortmann, lifelong seller and Clinical Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, these courses are all guaranteed to heighten your sales mastery and will help you achieve your professional goals.
With Kellogg Executive Education, you can expect to flex your resilience muscles and do a deep-dive on how to make your sales process increasingly deliberate and effective with sharpened skills and discipline.
Looking for the old NEMRA-Kellogg Sales Program? Here’s why we’ve revamped it!
NEMRA and The Kellogg Sales Institute have been on a mission together, for almost a decade, to provide quality education and professional development opportunities to our members – at an affordable price too.
Previous (original) program – The entire class used to run over 4 days, with limited content and seat availability, at a cost of $3,900.00 (USD), plus travel, and carried NO CEU credits.
Today’s Revamped program – Offers 50% more content, limited travel costs and wider availability (most of it is online – except the conference workshop course at NEMRA22), and all course offerings are completely CEU accredited. Offers multiple stand-alone courses to select from, and the cost to take all courses throughout the year is only $3,370.00 (USD).
Available to EFC’s manufacturers and manufacturers’ reps.
- Giving you a better understanding of each other’s needs.
- Facilitating conversation about your working relationship.
- Continuing a strategic discussion about how to achieve greater alignment.
- Identifying specific opportunities for improvement.
- Focusing on common goals for customer engagement and growth.
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The Standards Council of Canada has developed a series of introductory modules to cast light on what standards are, how they are developed in Canada and harmonized with other international standards, and why standards are important for business development and continuity. These modules are complimentary and can be accessed here.
Self Management Group is a global leader in Talent Management Solutions. They also offer POP™ (Predictor of Potential), one of the largest pre-hire personality assessments with over 40 years of experience. Talent NestTM is its online recruitment platform that helps companies attract, manage and automate their entire recruitment process. It is the “Go To” career platform for hundreds of organizations, including the Electro Federation of Canada.
- Screening tools: Uses science to screen high-volume applicants
- Simulation: Helps identify how candidates would do on the job
- Assessments: Use statistical methods to help with training, hiring and development in the workforce. E.g. Predictor of Potential (POP)
- TalentNest: online recruitment platform to help companies attract, manage and automate their recruitment process
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Offered in partnership with Purdue University, UID is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the industrial wholesale distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the Electrical Council and other leading industrial distribution professional associations.
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