Do you need a high school diploma to be an electrician?
Yes. In order to start a career as an electrician you need to have a high school diploma or equivalent.
What education does an electrician need?
After high school, an electrician will generally learn some of the trade through vocational training or technical school, as well as taking part in an apprenticeship. While not required, earning a Residential Electrician Diploma can help you stand out from other job applicants and build strong foundational skills that can be beneficial on the job.
Can I train to be an electrician online?
Yes! While the work an electrician does is hands-on, there are foundational concepts and skills that successful electricians need. These skills can be learned through a flexible, online training program like Penn Foster’s High School Diploma with Electrician classes. After graduation these skills can be advanced with our Residential Electrician Training, you’ll also have simulations and videos that can help you apply what you learn to real-life situations.
What are the duties and responsibilities of an electrician?
Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems in homes, businesses, and factories. Day-to-day tasks and responsibilities can change depending on the client you’re working with or the project you’re working on.