How it Works
We want you to have a very pleasant and successful experience with our Virtual (Online) Seminars here at MyElectrical.Training – so we’ve put this page together with all of the steps you’ll need.
Before you Register
Here is everything you need to have before you can participate in a MyElectrical.Training Seminar:
- A High-Speed Internet Connection. Ideally, your connection should be able to handle Four (4) Mbps (Megabits per second) in each direction (downstream AND upstream – sometimes referred as download and upload). You can check the bandwidth of the high-speed Internet Connection you will be using at https://www.speedtest.net/ to see if it can handle these speeds. If either the download or upload speed is lower than 4 Mbps, please send an e-mail to Support@MyElectrical.Training so we can setup a test to see if your connection can be improved or will be strong enough to participate in a Seminar.
- A Desktop or Laptop Computer with a Camera. It needs to be able to run on macOS, Windows, Chrome OS, or a supported flavor of Linux (Ubuntu / Debian, CentOS, etc). You should have the latest version of one of the following Internet Browsers installed (these are clickable links, in order of recommended preference, if you need to download): Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or Apple Safari. Your camera (and, optionally, a microphone) can be either Integrated or External. Mobile Devices, such as Tablets or Cell Phones, CANNOT be used to participate in a Live Seminar. They can, however, be used to REGISTER for a Live Seminar.
- A Google or Gmail Account. In order to make it easier for you to receive the Seminar invitations and identify who you are as a participant, we require EACH participant to have their own Google or Gmail Account in their legal name. Your organization may already be using Google for handling e-mail, and as long as you have your own Google Account that isn’t shared with anyone else, you meet this requirement. If you are not sure if your organization uses Google for your individual e-mail, you can get a FREE Gmail Account by clicking this link. Again, whether you have a Google Account or a Gmail Account, it needs to be setup in your Legal Name.
- Government-issued Photo Identification. You will be required to show your government-issued Photo ID during the Virtual Check-In process, so we can verify your identity as a participant of our Live Seminar.
- Headset (optional). A stereo headset with a microphone is recommended to minimize feedback and disctractions in your environment.
You have until 11:59pm Central Time on the day prior to the start of each Seminar to register.
After you Register
You will receive a Virtual Lobby calendar invitation in your Google or Gmail account by 7:15am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or by 2:15pm Central Time (for Nighttime Seminars) on the day of your registered Seminar. The easiest way to access these calendar invitations is to use Google Calendar. Go to:
Make sure you are logged onto the Google or Gmail account that you provided during the Registration Checkout. To verify you are correctly logged into Google Calendar with your proper credentials, click on the circular icon on the top-right of the browser window that will either have the first initial of your name, or a photo / image that you have setup for your Account. You should see something like this:
If the e-mail address doesn’t match your Google or Gmail Account, immediately click on the “Sign out” button and logon using your credentials. Also, verify your Legal Name is shown – if it is incorrect, click on the “Manage your Google Account” button and update your Name in the “Personal Info” section.
You want to be sure your Google Calendar is in the correct Time Zone. If the Virtual Lobby calendar invitation look like they are not reflecting a 7:30am start time in the Central Time Zone (for Daytime Seminars), or a 2:30pm start time in the Central Time Zone (for Nighttime Seminars), you will need to update the Google Calendar settings to reflect the Time Zone you are currently in. To do this, click here and follow the instructions.
Once you have properly logged onto your Google or Gmail Account and accessed Google Calendar, you are now ready to proceed into the Virtual Lobby.
Between 7:30am and 8:30am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or between 2:30pm and 3:30pm Central Time (for Nighttime Seminars), all participants will start off in the Virtual Lobby. This is where participants will test their connection and verify they can see and hear the presenting hosts throughout their experience for the day. If you have not successfully followed these proceeding instructions to enter into the Virtual Lobby by 7:45am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or by 2:45pm Central Time (for Nighttime Seminars), you may have to reschedule your Seminar for a later date.
Charles, the Technologist with cp3o / 2L.INK, will be the host for the Virtual Lobby. To enter the Virtual Lobby, you will access the link that is in your Google Calendar. First, click on the calendar invitation marked, “Virtual Lobby.” Then, click on the “Join with Google Meet” button.
You will then see a Google Meet preview screen. Your browser may ask you for permission to share your Camera and your Microphone (be sure to accept). You can also test that you have the correct Audio (Microphone / Speakers or Headset) and Video (Camera) settings. Click here for more information on changing your computer’s Audio and Video settings for Google Meet. Here is a video about joining a Video Meeting using Google Meet:
Please mute your Microphone as shown in the above video. To enter into the Virtual Lobby, click on the “Join now” button, which will open a new browser tab or window specifically for the Virtual Lobby. If the button does not say, “Join now” but instead says, “Ask to join,” you need to ensure you are logged onto the correct Google Account and clicking on the “Join with Google Meet” button from your Google Calendar invitation. You will not be allowed to enter the Virtual Lobby if your button says, “Ask to join” and you click on it.
Once you enter into the Virtual Lobby, Charles will first instruct everyone wishing to use the Express Check-In to take a photo of their government-issued Photo ID and send it either via MMS to (510) 402-2736, or via E-mail to Support@MyElectrical.Training. Everyone using Express Check-In will stay in the Virtual Lobby until their name is announced, confirming their ID has been received. Also, Charles will verify if he can see you. If you are using a Microphone, you can unmute yourself and acknowledge that you can see and hear him (be sure to adjust your computer’s volume settings if you cannot hear him). You may need to move your mouse to see the set of three icons at the bottom of the browser windows – the one on the left allows you to Mute / Unmute your Microphone. If you are NOT using a Microphone, you can acknowledge that you can see and hear him by waving or giving a thumbs up.
If you will not be using Express Check-In, please wait until Charles announces your name after all of the Express Check-In participants have been confirmed. At that time, Charles will verify if he can see you. If you are using a Microphone, you can unmute yourself and acknowledge that you can see and hear him (be sure to adjust your computer’s volume settings if you cannot hear him). You may need to move your mouse to see the set of three icons at the bottom of the browser windows – the one on the left allows you to Mute / Unmute your Microphone. If you are NOT using a Microphone, you can acknowledge that you can see and hear him by waving or giving a thumbs up. Charles will finally issue instructions to complete the Check-In process for those who didn’t use Express Check-In.
After you acknowledge that you can see and hear Charles, he will direct you to exit the Virtual Lobby. To exit the Virtual Lobby, you can either close the browser tab or window that opened when you entered, or you can click the middle “End Call” icon at the bottom of the browser window – you may need to move your mouse to see the set of three icons at the bottom of the browser window.
If you have any issues getting into the Virtual Lobby, send Charles an email at Support@MyElectrical.Training, or send him an SMS Text Message at (510) 402-2736. You may also call, but please be advised, your call will not likely be answered until after Charles had completed checking-in all those who have had no issue accessing the Virtual Lobby.
You will receive a calendar invitation for the Live Seminar (below) after you have successfully checked in – this will show up on your Google Calendar no later than 8:45am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or no later than 3:45pm (for Nighttime Seminars).
After you have completed the Virtual Check-In, you will enter into the Live Seminar no later than 8:50am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or no later that 3:50pm Central Time (for Nighttime Seminars). To enter the Live Seminar, you will access the link that is in your Google Calendar. First, click on the calendar invitation marked, “Live Seminar.” Then, click on the “Join with Google Meet” button.
Please mute your Microphone as shown in the above video. To enter into the Live Seminar, click on the “Join now” button, which will open a new browser tab or window specifically for the Live Seminar. If the button does not say, “Join now” but instead says, “Ask to join,” you need to ensure you are logged onto the correct Google Account and clicking on the “Join with Google Meet” button from your Google Calendar invitation. You will not be allowed to enter the Live Seminar if your button says, “Ask to join” and you click on it.
Your Camera view will be recorded from the moment you enter into the Live Seminar. Charles will direct everyone how to “pin” the correct screen of the Seminar presentation so that participants are not distracted by all the other Camera and shared screens of the other participants. Charles will then demonstrate how to Mute / Unmute your microphone (for those that may use one to ask questions), as well as how to Show / Hide your Camera view. Charles will also show participants who are not using a microphone how to use the Chat feature to type a question to be answered. Charles will finally direct the holders of Electrical Licenses in states that require their computer screen to be recorded with further instructions.
Beginning at 9:00am Central Time (for Daytime Seminars), or at 4:00pm Central Time (for Nighttime Seminars), the Live Seminar will begin. Fred, the Instructor with Electrical Education Inc., will be the host for the Live Seminar. He will provide an overview of the flow for the Seminar, and will proceed with his presentation. For those using a Microphone, please make sure it stay Muted at all times unless you are asking a question. You may hide your Camera view during breaks. For those holders of Electrical Licenses in states that require their computer screen to be recorded, you may stop sharing your screen during breaks – but remember to re-share them upon return.
After the Seminar
Within 72 hours of the completion of the Live Seminar, Skip, the Executive Director of NIEC, will complete the process for reporting your participation and successful completion of the Seminar to each applicable state, and if required, will e-mail or mail you a Certificate of Completion for each attended Seminar from MyElectrical.Training.
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