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How to Become an Electrician or Electrical Contractor

Electrical Apprenticeship and Electrical Contractor Training: How do I be come Electrician as well as an Electrical Contractor?

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This electrical question came from Evans, who is a Student.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your great question Evans.

The Basics for Becoming an Electrician

The electrical industry is in need of qualified electricians as many senior electricians are retiring and there are fewer qualified people to take their place, so this is a great time to explore your future in the electrical trade.

Electrical Theory
Enroll in an accredited trade school that will teach you the fundamentals of electricity.

Hands On Electrical Training
Many vocational schools offer great courses in building construction including electrical wiring, and offer hands on training workshops and on site building projects.

On the Job Experience
Working with an established electrical contractor will help you get a variety of on the job experience.
Get Certified or Licensed
After you receive your electrical education and hands on training you many be qualified to become a certified electrician or licensed electrician.

Check the Local Requirements
Each area may have specific requirements, so be sure to check in your local jurisdiction for specific information. Start by contacting your local city or state building department, trade school, or electrical contractor for more information.

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Electrical Apprenticeship Education
Electrical Training and Licensing
The electrical field of work is full of opportunities in all aspects of the electrical realm of life. This article explains the benefits of an electrical apprenticeship program.

Electrical Apprenticeship Training
The advantages of an Electrician Apprenticeship program and how to become a Licensed Electrical Contractor.

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Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handy Women, and Electricians
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
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Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.

Electrical Tips to Help You Wire it Right

The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!

The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!

The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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6 Responses to “How to Become an Electrician or Electrical Contractor”
  1. Asondo Philip Mimba says:

    Thank you for this opportunity;
    How can i become an electrician?I am a Cameroonian base in Africa;can it be possible for me to do this training?Pleased write back to me and i wish to know the cost.
    Your regard.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Asondo,
    At this time we are not selling any training outside of special topics that are covered in depth though our Ebooks.
    You are welcome to use this website to help you learn about home electrical wiring. You will notice that this information focuses on electrical wiring in the United States, however you may apply the electrical theories for the electrical systems found in Africa as you see fit.

  3. JOHN NFOR says:

    It is awesome coming over your site. Its great. I am looking for an opportunity to be train as a domestic electrician and if possible an industrial electrician. I will be grateful for any company or organization that will help me achieve my dreams as an electrician. I did electrical works as a trade and i can do well in the field.
    God bless you as you delibrate on my request.
    John Nfor

  4. JOHN NFOR says:

    please do inform me of any chance to train an electrician for free. It is my dream to become an industrial electrician, i will be grateful and appreciate any help.
    God bles you
    John NFOR

  5. Dave Rongey says:

    Thank You John.
    I would suggest that you also consider connecting with some of the social networks such as Linked-In, Twitter, Google Plus and Facebook, where you may be able to network with other individuals and organizations which may present opportunities for further education and employment.

  6. Dave Rongey says:

    John, I can appreciate you dream. Some of my greatest years in the electrical trade have been while working in the industrial capacity working with large switch gear, motor controls, generator systems and automation. I still have to add these experiences to the website as well.
    Keep your focus on Your Dream!