Online Residential Electrician Training Program

Why ICS Canada?

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

You can earn your Residential Electrician Career Diploma in as little as one year. In this online Residential Electrician Career Diploma training program, you can learn to install and repair home electrical systems in courses that cover topics like conductors, multimeters, circuit analysis, transformers, and much more. This program complies with the latest version of the Canadian Electrical Code.®

With ICS Canada’s online Residential Electrician training program you can enjoy the convenience of training at home and at a pace that's right for you. You will develop skills that can help you take the first step towards a new career, and can further put those skills to practice through the Work Experience Option portion of the course.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide students with a practical working knowledge of electrical wiring and the maintenance of electrical equipment for the residential and light commercial construction field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize formulas and their applications to determine quantities and sizes of materials required and their installation processes
  • Compute measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary for the preparation and implementation of electrical related projects
  • Recognize regulations and procedures related to workplace safety
  • Comprehend the principles of interpreting basic electrical blueprints and technical drawings to follow the required specifications of electrical projects
  • Understand the composition and usage of materials and processes required for electrical system installations and repairs
  • Identify procedures for evaluating and diagnostic testing of electrical components and circuits
  • Provide students with an understanding of the Canadian Electrical Code

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Getting Started as a Residential Electrician

Electricity simplified; house circuits; electrical distribution.

Instruction Set 2

Working Safely with Electricity

Classifications and categories; National Electrical Code® (NEC®); OSHA; shock; first aid.

Electricians’ Tools

Electricians’ equipment; metric conversion; measuring instruments.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Electrical Fundamentals

Instruction Set 3

Nature of Electricity

Simple circuit operation; conductors, insulators, and resistors; electrical symbols used in schematics.

Electrical Equipment, Part 1

Boxes and fittings; pull boxes and splice boxes; conductor and conduit fittings.

Electrical Equipment, Part 2

Devices and loads; switches, relays, thermostats, remote controls, control diagrams, fuses.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Installing Electrical Equipment

Additional Material

Learning Aid: DVD: Installing Switches, Receptacles, and Lampholders

Equipment:

  • Combination Wiring Tool
  • Screwdriver Set
  • Parts Kit for Installing Electrical Equipment

Instruction Set 4

Conductors

Properties and characteristics of conductors; installing and connecting wires and cables in residential circuits; sizing conductors.

Working with Conduit

Installing conduit fittings and supports; tools used to bend conduit; determining conductor and conduit sizing.

Math for the Trades

Basic math operations; English and metric measurement; using a protractor; using formulas to solve problems.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Conduit and Conductors

Additional Material

Learning Aid: DVD: Doing Conduit Work

Equipment: Parts Kit for Conduit and Conductors

Instruction Set 5

Wiring Electrical Components, Part 1

Cabling and boxes; three-phase circuits; mounting and wiring boxes.

Wiring Electrical Components, Part 2

Devices and fixtures; lamp control; wiring lamp holders; major appliance and space heater wiring.

Circuit Analysis and Ohm’s Law

Finding the total resistance in series, parallel, and series-parallel circuits; using Ohm’s Law; reading current, voltage, and resistance with a meter.

Working with Multimeters

Performing tests for short circuits; performing resistance tests; measuring current and output voltage.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Working with Circuits

Additional Material

Equipment:

  • Digital Multimeter
  • Parts Kit for Working with Circuits

Instruction Set 6

Electric Heating

Use and measurement of heat; liquid, gas, and resistance thermometers; ultrasonic and solar heating.

Controls for Air Conditioning

Controls for heating, cooling, ventilating, and humidifying; pressure, humidity, and air cleaning.

Reading Electrical Schematic Diagrams

Electrical drawings; schematic symbols; distribution circuits and symbols.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Wiring HVAC Circuits

Instruction Set 7

Electrical Blueprint Reading

Parts of blueprint, including conduit, cable list, and bill of material; symbols and abbreviations.

Wiring Electrical Circuits

Feeder and branch circuits; wiring a residence; portable, fixed, and stationary appliances.

Transformers

Connections of single-phase or polyphase transformers; autotransformers; maintenance.

Practical Exercise

Practical Exercise: Advanced Electrical Work

Instruction Set 8

Canadian Electrical Code

Becoming familiar with the CEC; using the CEC to answer electrical questions and solve electrical problems.

Additional Material

Textbook: Canadian Electrical Code

Instruction Set 9

Troubleshooting Electrical Systems

Common problems that occur in electrical systems; basic troubleshooting steps.

The Business of Electrical Contracting

Employee management; organization; insurance; business costs; bidding; dealing with customers; and business growth.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your course work.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Sample Lesson

To view a Residential Electrician sample lesson, click here.

Residential Electrician Training Program Details

In ICS Canada’s Residential Electrician program, you’ll receive training on:

  • Tools and electrical equipment
  • Conduit work and conductors
  • Wiring electrical components
  • Schematic drawings and transformers
  • Canadian Electrical Code²
Online residential electrician program

Here are a few qualities that successful residential electricians have in common:

  • Patient: Repairing or installing electrical units is a step-by-step process that can take time.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be challenging and fun.
  • Persistent: You will work hard until you can successfully solve the problem at hand.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cautious: Being cautious helps prevent accidents or injury.
  • Reliable: Clients can rely on you to work hard and perform consistently.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

¹ Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

² In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS Canada has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.