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Online Electrician Training
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This online Ed2Go course, offered in cooperation with SDSU Global Campus, will help you acquire the skills you need to become a residential electrician apprentice so you can gain experience and work toward becoming a licensed electrician.

Become a Residential Electrician Online

Electricians have a bright future with one of the fastest-growing trades in the county. New construction and emerging alternative energy technology provide great career opportunities and job stability for those entering the field — especially for residential electricians.

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Course Objectives

This online electrician training course will show you how to:

  • Branch and feeder circuits with various types of cable and conduit
  • Service of circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, paddle fans, and electric motors
  • Identifying and fixing electrical problems on "service calls"
  • Installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting photovoltaic renewable energy systems


  • Preparing and Planning a Residential Wiring Job
    Residential workplace safety, hardware and materials used in residential wiring; determining branch circuit, feeder circuit and service entrance requirements
  • Residential Service Entrances and Equipment
    Introduction to residential service entrances; service entrance equipment and installation
  • Residential Electrical System Rough-in
    General Nec® requirements for rough-in wiring; installing electrical boxes, cables, switching and branch-circuits
  • Residential Electrical System Trim-Out
    Lighting fixture installation, device installation and service panel trim-out
  • Maintaining and Troubleshooting a Residential Electrical Wiring System
    Checking out and troubleshooting electrical wiring systems
  • Green House Wiring Techniques
    Green wiring practices and photovoltaic (PV) system installation
  • Managing Customer Service
    Winning customer service, customer expectations and moving forward with the four P's

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Registration and Enrollment

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Meet Your Instructor

Greg Fletcher
Greg Fletcher has over 40 years of experience in the electrical field as both a practicing electrician and as an electrical instructor. He’s been a licensed electrician since 1976 and currently holds a Master Electrician's License in the State of Maine. In 1988, he was appointed as the Department Chairman of the Trades and Technology Department and Program Director/Instructor of the Electrical Technology program at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. He is the author of several textbooks including “Residential Construction Academy: House Wiring, Guide to Using the National Electrical Code,” and “The Electrician's Guide to Photovoltaic System Installation.” He has an associate's in electrical construction and maintenance, a bachelor of science in applied technical education, and a master of science in industrial education.

Job Outlook for Residential Electricians

Jobs for electricians in San Diego County are exploding! Workforce analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies found that the greater San Diego County has one of the fastest-growing needs for electricians. It estimates that demand for jobs will grow by 13% over the next decade. The U.S. Department of Labor agrees and estimates that 7,500 new electrician jobs will be added in California in the coming years, with a projected 10,230 jobs openings each year.

Not only is there a lot of job growth expected, but you can also make a competitive salary as an electrician. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, electricians earn almost $10,000 more than the average construction and trade jobs. Electricians in San Diego County can earn $62,860 on average.

Residential Electrician FAQs

What’s the Difference Between a Residential Electrician and an Electrical Technician?
Residential electricians and electrical technicians both work with electrical systems, but their work is different. Residential electricians install, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair the wiring in most buildings — residential homes, offices, or commercial properties. On the other hand, electrical technicians work on electrical systems within machinery, specialty equipment, and other commonly used devices.

Why Are Residential Electricians in Demand?
Electricians, especially residential electricians, are in high demand mainly because of new construction demands, updates to existing infrastructure and building codes, and the emergence and acceptance of alternative energy technologies.

Where Are Residential Electricians Needed the Most?
When it comes to construction, electrical workers are some of the first onsite to install electrical systems into a new building. New development also drives the demand for infrastructure for both residential and commercial projects. Furthermore, older buildings need to be retrofitted with new technology to meet current building codes and the addition of alternative energy sources.

Do Residential Electricians Need Licensing?
Licensing in the electrical field differs from state to state. To become a licensed electrician in California, you will need to work 4800 hours under a licensed electrical contractor doing applicable residential electrical work. This course will prepare you for an apprentice-level job so you can begin working these hours on your way to becoming a residential electrician .

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