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Meet The Founder of the Fast Trax® System

Paul Abernathy – CEO and Founder

Paul Abernathy has been serving the electrical industry since 1986. As a graduate of Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) in 1988 as the valedictorian of the schools electrical program. In 1989, He was the youngest licensed electrician in Virginia at the ripe age of 19. Mr. Abernathy subsequently went on to become a Master Electrician and in 1989 co-founded Double-A Electric, Inc. with his brother in Virginia; a company which Paul’s brother still owns and operates today. Ultimately, Mr. Abernathy went on to forming a separate electrical contracting business and electrical design and code consulting firm.

After selling his electrical contracting/consulting firm in 2007; Mr. Abernathy took over the role as Electrical Engineer II & Electrical Code Supervisor for the City of Richmond, VA and later changes his role and assumed the position of Code Supervisor for the City of Alexandria, VA. 

In 2012, Mr. Abernathy accepted a position with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and serving as the National Electrical Code Expert for the Southern US Region. In 2014, Mr. Abernathy accepted a position with a major wire and cable manufacturer and moved Electrical Code Academy, Inc. to McKinney, Texas. Mr. Abernathy also stays active in the electrical contracting world as the President of Abernathy Electrical Services also located in McKinney, Texas.

Mr. Abernathy earned his BS in Engineering in 2005 and an accelerated MS in Engineering in 2006 while residing in Virginia.

Mr.Abernathy is also the founder member of the Certified Master Electrical Code Professional® (CMECP®) program administered by Electrical Code Academy, Inc., a Texas Based Corporation.

Mr. Abernathy is also well known for serving on the development committees for the 2014, 2017, 2020, 2023, and 2026 National Electrical Code® published by NFPA®. He is also a published author, co-author, and columnist as well as serving as a GHOST writer under contract and various names for leading industry publications.

Paul Abernathy

Mr. Abernathy serves on many electrical committees and expert code related panels/committees. Here is a brief list of his service to the industry:

  • Serves on NFPA 70 (NEC) Code-Making Panels # 5 and # 17

  • Certified Master Electrical Code Professional – CMECP®

  • Former Chairman “Building & Standards” Commission- McKinney, Texas

  • Member of NFPA Sections: Electrical, Architects, Engineers, and Building Officials, Fire Science and Technology Educators, Education, Building Fire Safety Systems and Fire Service.

  • 2007 Mike Holt Enterprises ” Top Gun” Winner – Both NEC® Code Knowledge testing and Overall Code Presentation Winner.

  • 2007 InterNACHI Member of the Year

  • State of Texas (TDLR) Subject Matter Expert (2014-2017)- Electrician Exams

  • Certified (Expired) by ICC: Electrical Inspector, Commercial Electrical Inspector, Electrical Plans Examiner, Residential Combination Inspector (Electrical, Plumbing, Building and Mechanical) and Amusement Device Inspector.

  • State of Virginia – Licensed Journeyman & Master Electrician

  • State of Texas – Licensed Master Electrician #437391

  • State of South Dakota – CE Provider

  • State of Maine – CE Provider

  • State of Texas – CE Provider

  • State of Utah – CE Provider

  • State of Arkansas – CE Provider

  • State of Virginia – CE Provider

  • State of Ohio- CE Provider

  • State of Maryland – CE Provider

  • State of Florida- CE Provider

  • State of Oregon – CE Provider

  • State of Washington – CE Provider

  • State of North Carolina – CE Provider

  • State of Colorado – CE Provider

  • State of Wisconsin- CE Provider

  • State of Oklahoma – CE Provider

  • Certified Master Inspector – Elected by the CMI Board in Boulder Colorado

  • State of Virginia’s 1st Board Approved CU Provider

  • Serves on UL STP Committee(s) UL 62, 486(A) – (E)

  • Serves on ASTM Committee(s) B-01 and B-05 (Voting Member)

  • Serves on various NEMA Committees – Including the NEMA Field Program

  • Patents – MC-LED (PCS) Metal-Clad Cable Inventor Patent # 10361015

  • Patents – MC – PCS Metal-Clad Cable Inventor Patent # 2 – #10,607,752

  • Patents – Type TC/SE-R Hybrid Cable – Industry FIRST Hybrid Cable Patent # 10,672,534

  • Serves on NTCOG Committee for North Texas – SME Contributor

  • OSHA 10 & 30 Hours Trained- General Construction (Electrical)

  • Creator of Certified Master Electrical Code Professional® Program

  • Co-Author of “How to Perform Electrical Inspections” published by InterNACHI. c2007 First Edition Only

  • Co-Author of Residential Wiring by Cengage-2020 NEC

  • Co-Author of Commercial Wiring by Cengage-2020 NEC

  • Co-Author of Grounding and Bonding by Cengage-2020 NEC

  • 2014-2017 – Helped author the PSI Exam for the State of Texas (2017 NEC)

Mr. Abernathy is mostly the proudest of the over 70,000+ students (Electrical Engineers, Electricians, Apprentices and Home Inspectors) he has taught since 1989.

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