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Residential Electrician   

From updating existing buildings to building construction, demand for electricians is on the rise. This course will train you for an entry-level career as an electrician by teaching you the fundamental skills you need to succeed, such as electrical theory, wiring and installation, customer service best practices, the National Electrical Code®, and much more.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Simulation Requirements

  • Desktop Browser: A 64-bit web browser
  • Recommend: Mozilla Firefox 52+, Google Chrome 57+
  • Supported: MS Edge 15+, Apple Safari 10.1+

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Electrical Writing Residential with Blueprints
  • National Electrical Code (NEC) 2023

The following digital textbook for this course is accessed via links in the course lessons:

  • Delmar's Standard Book of Electricity (eBook)

Please note: You will receive a digital book if the physical book is on backorder.

The Residential Electrician course is designed to teach you the fundamental skills needed to work with residential electrical systems—no previous experience is required. With booming infrastructure, new energy conservation technology, and an aging workforce, demand for skilled electricians is in high demand, with 80,000 residential electrician jobs opening each year through 2031, projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Completing this residential electrician training will prepare you to pass your state's electrical licensing exam and kick-start your career as a residential electrician or electrician apprentice.

Throughout your online residential electrician training, you will learn electrical theory, wiring and installation, safety procedures, the use of common hardware and materials, the use of building plans, and more. You will also have access to 30+ virtual simulations that facilitate hands-on practice and 10 lessons on customer service, an essential soft skill in your electrical residential career. On-the-job, critical thinking scenarios will help boost your success, along with quizzes in each lesson of this residential electrician course.

Our residential electrician training features engaging and interactive content that will further increase your real-world success, such as 3D models and walk-throughs of main electrical panels, circuit breakers, DMM, fuses, and branch circuit learning checks. You will also play games, including name that function, ampacity, and labeling receptacle, paired with in-the-field photo access (provided by your course SME).

Investing in your electrician education is the first step toward a successful electrician career! Residential electrician training prepares you for electrician licensing tests, generally required by most states and localities. While tests differ, you will need to understand the common situations in electrical work, including the use of the National Electrical Code®, local electrical codes, circuits, and various types of wiring methods.

Please check with your state, county, or city for residential electrician licensing rules and whether this course's hours will be accepted for licensing. *Our Residential Electrician course does not count towards getting a Massachusetts Electrician license.

    1. The Electrical Industry
    2. Residential Electricity – A Basic Overview
    3. Basic Electrical Math
    4. Basic Electrical Theory
    5. Test Instruments
    6. Electrical System Operation Principles
    7. Circuit and Personnel Protection
    8. Electrical Safety
    9. Jobsite Safety
    10. Hand Tools
    11. Power Tools
    12. Building Materials – Conductors and Cables
    13. Building Materials – Enclosures and Cabinets
    14. Building Materials – Terminal Devices
    15. Residential Services and Feeders
    16. Grounding and Bonding of Services
    17. Feeders and Separate Buildings
    18. Construction Drawings
    19. Branch Circuit Basics
    20. Required Branch Circuits
    21. GFCI Protection and Branch Circuits
    22. AFCI Protection
    23. Required Outlets and Devices
    24. Appliance Connections
    25. Project Planning
    26. Troubleshooting
    27. Course Challenge
    28. Soft Skills for the Electrician (optional)

What you will learn

  • Explore this video overview of the Residential Electrician course
  • Review branch and feeder circuits with various types of cable and conduit
  • Service of circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, paddle fans, and electric motors
  • Understand how to identify and fix electrical problems on service calls
  • Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting photovoltaic renewable energy systems
  • Have access to 10 lessons on customer service
  • Instructor-graded assignments and quizzes in each lesson
  • Cover on-the-job scenarios (critical thinking scenarios) and explore in the field photos
  • Optional soft skills for a residential electrician career
  • 3D Models added, including main panel, circuit breaker, DMM, fuses, 3D model walk-throughs, and branch circuit learning check
  • Games including name that function, ampacity, and labeling receptacle

How you will benefit

  • Obtain foundational knowledge and skills needed for entry-level electrician career success
  • Understand how to use the National Electrical Code as well as sizing electrical boxes, circuit conductors, fuses or circuit breakers, and service entrance conductors
  • Gain valuable wiring skills, such as proper use of hand and power tools, splicing wires together properly, attaching electrical boxes to building framing members, fishing a cable in an existing wall, and installing an overhead service entrance
  • Receive a 25% discount on tools from Ideal Industries, a company that produces connectors, hand tools, testers, meters, and more that are needed for success as an electrician
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

Jorge Garcia

Jorge Garcia has over 20 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing and electrical instructor. He has been a licensed electrician since 2000 and currently holds an Electrical Contractor and Master Electrician license from Texas. Jorge currently serves as the Department Chair for Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation Technology at Texas Southmost College. Additionally, he has over 15 years in business as an Electrical Contractor for Exit Light Services. Jorge has an Associate degree in Electrician Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Management and Leadership, and is currently in a Learning Technology Ph.D. program. He also holds a Fire Suppression License from the State Fire Marshal Office, Licensed Irrigator, Limited License Electrician from Tennessee, License in Bilingual & Technology Education from Texas Education Agency, National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Electrical Instructor Certification, and an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Authorized Trainer license.

  • Residential Electrician
  • Fee: $2,595.00
    Dates: 7/1/2024 - 9/30/2024

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