Residential Electrician

A residential electrician or home electrician is a tradesperson who handles the repair and installation of electrical systems in residential buildings. Their job could include new wiring and lighting installations, panel changes, surge protection, and more.

A residential electrician is responsible for installing, repairing, inspecting, and maintaining the electrical systems in residential buildings. Depending on their position and expertise, a residential electrician may also be responsible for overseeing teams of workers and assisting with planning electrical projects.

Becoming a residential electrician typically involves undergoing skill training and gaining necessary certifications. However, the specific residential electrician requirements may vary for each state. Please check the required educational hours and hands-on training necessary to become a licensed residential electrician in your state.

According to, the average salary for residential electricians in the U.S is $52,173 per year, while Glassdoor reports an average base salary of $49,101 with an additional $20,194 in additional pay (e.g., cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit-sharing). The salary can vary depending on factors such as certifications, years of experience, and additional skills.

The duration of becoming a residential electrician varies based on the unique requirements of each state or county. Please check with your state or county about the necessary licensing and educational hours.

The typical process of becoming a residential electrician starts with a skill training course, after which candidates need to get hands-on training by working as an apprentice. Each state or country has different requirements for certification, licenses, and educational hours to become a residential electrician. Please check with your state or county about all the necessary requirements for becoming a licensed residential electrician.

A residential electrician works on the installation, repair, and maintenance of wiring and electrical systems in residential buildings. On the other hand, an electrical technician works on the electrical systems in machinery, equipment, and other mechanical devices, typically in manufacturing environments.

Yes, this course prepares candidates with the fundamental skills and knowledge to start work as an apprentice. This course covers electrical theory, wiring and installation, safety procedures, and the use of common hardware, materials, and building plans. Before registering for the course, we recommend that candidates review the state or local requirements for becoming an apprentice.

No, this course is not equivalent to an apprenticeship. However, it prepares candidates to become electrical apprentices. Each state has specific requirements for electrical apprenticeships. Please check with your state or local government about all the necessary requirements for becoming an electrician’s apprentice.

This is a 100% online course, which means there is no hands-on training in a lab setting. However, students will be able to access simulations to test their skills and get similar training as a hands-on course.

Externships are currently not available for this course.

After completing the course, students can apply for electrical apprentice opportunities. Upon completing the necessary work hour requirements, they can proceed to become a journeyman and then a master electrician.

Soft skills are the character traits, professional attitudes, and interpersonal skills that are transferrable across different professions. These may include communication skills, time management, problem-solving, and creative thinking to name a few.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), 97% of employers surveyed believed soft skills were either equally or more important than hard skills. Out of the 46% of new employees that fail within 18 months, 89% were because they lacked essential soft skills such as professionalism and the ability to get along with others.

The top soft skills for residential electricians are troubleshooting, teamwork/collaboration, physical abilities, communication skills, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

This course will provide students with key soft skills related to troubleshooting, teamwork and collaboration, communication skills, problem-solving, and organizational skills. It will also cover 10 lessons on customer service.

When starting a career as a residential electrician, you need to make a substantial investment in tools. To help ease the financial burden, students are eligible for a 25% discount on tools from Ideal Industries through local distributors. Please contact your Student Advisor or Instructor for more details on the discount.


Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you’ll receive twelve (12) months to complete the course.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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