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Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75127 02/14/07 10:40 PM
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WhiteRook Offline OP
A couple of us were talking at lunch the other day about journyman/master exams for the various states and the different testing agencies and these guys names came up, but none of us really knew anything about them. I passed my SBCCI masters test in 2001 after taking a course from Ray Holder (personally I didn't really care for his course...but I passed so I guess it worked for me). Anyway a couple of the guys want to take their journeyman's test and one thinks he is ready for the master's test (I repeat..HE I think the test here in Texas is now ICC or something. Soooooo, drawing on the vast knowledge pool here...Which of these guys provides the best info/training for the money? Mike Holt, Tom Henry or Mark Shapiro? Why? Who gives the most bang for the buck?

I don't have any experience with any of them other than looking at their vast array of materials on their web sites or in the construction book catalogs that are mailed to me. They all seem pretty expensive to me, but then again if they are worth it and not just hype....

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Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75128 02/15/07 11:20 AM
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WhiteRook Offline OP
Doesn't anyone care to respond?

Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75129 02/15/07 11:42 AM
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Luketrician Offline
Ok I'll give you my two cents..

I have several of Tom Henrys books and videos. Even ordered my 2005 NEC from him, with the quick finder index, tabs and a reminders insert booklet with all kinds stuff like the 80% rules, feeder sizing etc etc...

I bet the Mr. Holt and Shapiro are just as good though IMO.

Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75130 02/15/07 04:12 PM
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HotLine1 Offline
My personal opinion...Mike Holt.

Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75131 02/15/07 04:55 PM
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WhiteRook Offline OP
Okay John, any particular reason? Pro's or con's for Holt over the others?

Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75132 02/15/07 05:10 PM
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HotLine1 Offline
Basically, his texts are thorough, he has video, DVD, CD, etc. and on-line courses.

Personally. I use Mike's texts at the vo-tech that I'm a PT instructor at. As I said, it's a personal opinion, as I know Mike's info & site. I do not know Henry or Shapiro's.


Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75133 02/15/07 08:37 PM
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Ryan_J Offline

I am biased though [Linked Image]

Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75134 02/15/07 08:53 PM
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e57 Offline
Yes - you are.... (Ryan)

Anyway - I have never heard of the other two. And have never been to any event or have purchased anything from Holt - the only one I have heard of...

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75135 02/15/07 10:49 PM
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gfretwell Offline
I don't know if he is still doing it but Jim Pauley from SqD/CMP2 does a good road show.

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Re: Holt, Henry or Shapiro #75136 02/16/07 09:07 AM
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Roger Offline
I have never seen Mark's material, but I have seen Mike Holts, Tom Henery's, and James Stallcup's material, they are all good IMO.


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