Online Residential Electrician Training Program

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  • 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

ICS001 Learning Strategies

In this course, you’ll learn 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; and preparing for and taking examinations.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how to use your student portal.
  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner
ECT101 Electrical Fundamentals

In this course, you’ll get a general overview of the skills and knowledge required of a residential electrician. You’ll learn about the job opportunities for electricians; basic electrical terms and concepts such as power, voltage, and current; and how power is supplied to and throughout a residence. Then, you’ll discover how both AC and DC circuits are formed and how to calculate the power supplied through these circuits. Finally, you’ll learn the math needed to perform electrical measurements, calculations, and conversions.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define an electrician’s role and how to get started in the electrical field
  • Describe the nature of electricity
  • Explain circuits and Ohm’s Law
  • Define alternating current
  • Summarize how to use basic math operations for trade professions

Instruction Set 2

ECT102 Electrical Safety and Tools

In this course, you’ll study the major electrical classifications and describe the job functions associated with each. You’ll also find out about the hand tools you’ll use as an electrician.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how to work safely with electricity
  • List the various tools an electrician uses
  • Describe how to use a multimeter

Instruction Set 3

ECT103 Reading Electrical Drawings, Schematics, and Blueprints

Schematic diagrams and blueprints are vital for both the planning and installation phases of a residential electrician’s work. Understanding the wiring job in full allows an electrician to be prepared and complete the job efficiently. In this course, you’ll discover how schematics and blueprints are prepared. You’ll also learn to read schematics and diagrams and to trace wiring diagrams for motor controls.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze electrical drawings, block diagrams, wiring diagrams, and electrical schematic diagrams
  • Analyze electrical blueprints, logic controller diagrams, and wiring plans for residential and light commercial applications

Instruction Set 4

ECT104 Conduits, Cables, and Conductors

In this course, you’ll learn to identify the physical and electrical properties and characteristics of conductors. You’ll also learn about the types and characteristics of conduit. Both of these areas of knowledge are essential for any wiring job you’ll work on throughout your entire career. Many of the skills you’ll learn later on in your program build on these basic fundamentals.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe how to select and install various types of conductors, wires, and cables
  • Identify how to install various types of conduit fittings and supports

Instruction Set 5

ECT105 Electrical Components and Devices

In this course, you’ll study several common types of wiring equipment. You’ll also learn to identify various types of control devices, including hand-operated switches, automatic switches, magnetically controlled devices, and remote-control systems.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how to install various types of control and protective devices
  • Describe several common types of wiring equipment, electrical fittings, and boxes, cabinets, and panels

Instruction Set 6

ECT106 Working with Residential and Small Commercial Electrical Systems

In this course, you’ll learn to identify and understand common wiring terms and symbols and to use diagrams and plans to connect branch circuits. You’ll also learn about transformers and how they’re used to transmit electrical power. Then, you’ll study how to connect electrical equipment and conductors to wire new circuits. Finally, you’ll apply what you learned about wiring new circuits to old work. You’ll also discover how electricians use circuit measurement techniques to troubleshoot problems.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the types and requirements of different circuits used for specific applications
  • Explain the uses, operations, and types of transformers
  • Describe how to install various electrical components in new work
  • Describe how to install various electrical components in existing structures and how to update old work

Instruction Set 7

ECT107 HVAC Systems

In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of different heating sources and some of the benefits of electric heating. You’ll also discover the function of common components within a building’s HVAC system, a pneumatic automatic control system, and an electric automatic control system.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals, uses, and control mechanisms of electric heating
  • Describe the functions and components of air conditioning systems

Instruction Set 8

ECT108 The Canadian Electrical Code

This course is designed to teach you how to use the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CEC, Part 1) as a practical tool to ensure your work complies with the CEC’s codes. Engineers, designers, and technicians actually installing systems and components need to comply with the CEC. It’s important to think of the CEC as a tool in your collection, something you’ll need and use as often as cutting pliers and wire strippers. You should always have this tool close at hand, so there’s no need to try and memorize the CEC. This course will teach you how to use and interpret the CEC so you can be sure your work complies with code.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe how to use the CEC to find wiring codes for residential applications
  • Summarize the CEC codes regarding load calculations, electrical service, and conductors
  • Explain the CEC Articles pertaining to grounding, bonding, wiring, and raceways
  • Summarize the CEC codes related to equipment, including switching devices, panelboards, fixtures, and appliances

Instruction Set 9

ECT109 Troubleshooting and Electrical Contracting

In this course, you’ll learn about the concept of troubleshooting and the methods of approach applied in troubleshooting. These troubleshooting techniques will apply all of the skills learned throughout your program. Then, you’ll learn about a potential career path for residential electricians—starting your own business. This course covers the important considerations of starting an electrical contracting business, including the advantages, disadvantages, skills required, and finances.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • List the methods of approach and steps to electrical troubleshooting
  • Identify the considerations involved in starting an electrical contracting business

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.