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The instructors that lead our continuing education are highly trained, experienced, and qualified current and former electrical inspectors in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Learn more about our current instructors:

Ernest Davis
Ernie Davis has been in the electrical industry for over fifty years! He is a graduate of Bok Vocational and Technical High School in the Philadelphia School District, where he was hired upon graduation. Starting as an electrical trades trainee, he progressed to become an electrician, an electrical foremen, and then facility manager.

Mr. Davis is an electrical contractor licensed in the City of Philadelphia, State of New Jersey, and City of Chester. He is also a Pennsylvania UCC Certified Electrical Inspector in categories 11, 19, and 25, as well as a Licensed Electrical Inspector for the City of Philadelphia. He is an active member and Past President of I.A.E.I – Benjamin Franklin Chapter, in addition to his membership with the Electrical Association of Philadelphia.

Ralph Goldsborough
EAPs newest instructor, Ralph Goldsborough brings nearly 40 years of electrical industry experience to his presentations. Starting his career in the United States Navy as an electrician, he progressed into a High Voltage Electrician before joining the public sector in 2007. In addition to working in the United States Navy and then Square D (now Schneider Electric), Mr. Goldsborough shared his expertise as an instructor at Delaware Community College, where he taught for six years. A Master Electrician since 2017, Mr. Goldsborough is also an Electrical Inspector in the state of Pennsylvania.

Michal Hofkin
Mike Hofkin is the Senior Electrical Inspector, Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inspector for new residential, commercial, and industrial electrical installations, power distribution systems, lighting and control systems, fire alarm and fuel dispensing systems, and existing electrical systems. He has been in the electrical industry for 31 years, starting as a vocational school instructor at his alma mater, Dobbin Vocational/Technical School. From there, Mr. Hofkin worked in his own electrical contracting business before transitioning to the role of electrical inspector. He has an in-depth knowledge of the National Electrical Code and UL White Book, has served as an expert witness on various legal cases, and is a member of the NFPA NEC code writing committee. Mr. Hofkin currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for IAEI, a truly prestigious and well-earned role.

Richard Van Wert
Rich Van Wert has been employed in the electrical industry for more than 40 years. He was the Senior Electrical Inspector for the Middle Department Inspection Agency, and has taught electrical courses for Drexel University, US Steel and Penn State University.