Introducing: Penn Foster’s Residential Electrician Career Diploma Program

While PCDI is no longer accepting enrollments in our Electrician Training Program, we’re excited to introduce you to our partner school, Penn Foster.

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If you're interested in becoming an electrician, Penn Foster’s online Residential Electrician Career Diploma Program can help you prepare for this career.


Power Up Your Job Satisfaction

Penn Foster’s Residential Electrician Career Diploma can help you prepare to take the next steps toward the job you want as an electrician. Learn the skills you need through flexible online courses you can do on your schedule.

Why Penn Foster?

Penn Foster has been on a mission to help people like you obtain skills and achieve their career goals for more than 130 years. We provide students with a quality education that fits their busy lifestyle and budget, offering over 100 self-paced, career-relevant programs across our College, Career School, and High School. Every course is designed to work with your schedule, anytime, anywhere you want to study. With a focus on relevant skills and career prep for the job you’re after, Penn Foster can help you graduate with confidence and help provide a guide towards your career goals.

What You'll Learn in Penn Foster’s Online Residential Electrician Career Diploma Program

  • How to apply and comply with the NEC.
  • How to interpret basic electrical blueprints and technical drawings to follow the required specifications of electrical projects.
  • How to identify procedures for evaluating and completing diagnostic testing of electrical components and circuits.
  • How to identify and understand common wiring terms and symbols and to use diagrams and plans to connect branch circuits.

Penn Foster’s Residential Electrician Curriculum

In our online Residential Electrician courses, you'll learn the skills and training to take the next step toward a career in the field. Through interactive lessons and simulations, you'll cover essential knowledge for electricians. Your courses include:

  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Electrical Safety and Tools
  • Reading Electrical Drawings, Schematics, and Blueprints
  • Troubleshooting and Electrical Contracting
  • The National Electrical Code®
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Learn More About the Penn Foster Experience

At Penn Foster, we think online learning can make a big difference in people's lives, and it should be available to everyone. That's why we've made our programs affordable and tailored to fit your needs. You can learn and improve your skills for the job you want, all at your own pace and on your own schedule.

Residential Electrician FAQs

What can you do with a residential electrician diploma? 

Electricity powers our homes, offices, and beyond, meaning skilled electricians can find work in various settings. Whether it's with contractors, construction firms, or government agencies, many electricians have full-time positions. It's just one reason to consider becoming a residential electrician.

How much does a residential electrician make? 

The salary for residential electricians varies based on factors like experience, employer, and location. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay for electricians in 2022 was $60,240 per year or $28.96 per hour.*

What do I need to learn to become a residential electrician? 

To become a residential electrician, you need a grasp of electrical basics, tools, safety practices, and knowledge of the US Based National Electrical Code (NEC). With Penn Foster's online program, you can gain these foundational skills, opening doors to roles like electrical contractors, linemen, and commercial electricians.

How do I become a residential electrician? 

While many electricians learn through apprenticeships after high school, our online training program is accessible with just an 8th-grade education. However, employers may prefer candidates with a high school diploma. Trade schools can also provide valuable hands-on experience before seeking apprenticeships. State licensing requirements vary, so it's essential to meet them to practice legally. Click here for state licensing/regulatory board contacts and industry-specific information.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Electricians." Occupational Outlook Handbook. October 2, 2023.

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.

What is Penn Foster?

PCDI is part of the Penn Foster Network. Penn Foster, PCDI’s partner school, has been a leading provider of distance education and online, career-focused training programs for over 130 years. Like PCDI, Penn Foster’s programs are affordable, fully online, and self-paced, allowing you to build skills and prepare for the job you want on your terms.