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Online National Electrical Code Certificate Program

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Program Overview

Penn Foster Career School’s National Electrical Code® Certificate Online Program provides a comprehensive overview of the purpose, structure, and technical language of the 2017 National Electrical Code.® This program is great if you are an engineering technician, electrician’s assistant, maintenance technician, general contractor, artisan, or technologist looking to broaden your understanding of the 2017 National Electrical Code.® And you can complete this program in just two months.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

Penn Foster's National Electrical Code® Certificate Program provides a comprehensive overview of the purpose, structure, and technical language of the 2017 National Electrical Code.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Properly identify hot, grounded, and grounding conductors
  • Define a branch circuit, describe the proper location and sizing of general-purpose receptacles and lighting in a single-family dwelling, and determine where GFCI or AFCI protection is required
  • Understand the requirements for installing service conductors and equipment in various occupancies
  • Define ampacity and apply the concept to the safe installation of equipment and outlets, including the importance of overcurrent protection; list the common overcurrent protection devices in use
  • Understand the importance of the construction and installation of conductors and grounding systems to the integrity of an electrical system
  • Using the Standard Method, determine demand loads and neutral loads in single and multiple residential units; explain the differences between using the Standard Method and Optional Method
  • Differentiate between grounding and bonding and understand the importance of each to the application of the NEC. Correctly use the NEC to determine sizing for grounding electrodes and equipment grounding conductors for raceways and equipment.
  • Use the NEC to select the proper wiring method and materials, including various wire types, for specific applications, to include uses permitted and uses not permitted.
  • Use NEC Chapter 9 and Annex C to determine size conduit based on the size and number of conductors to be installed, or calculate the number of conductors allowed in a particular size of conduit or raceway.
  • Use the NEC to determine minimum cover requirements for underground conductors, cables, and raceways, and proper securing and supporting of raceways and cables in ceiling and roof assemblies
  • Define luminaire as it pertains to the NEC and determine proper locations and types for fixtures, lampholders, and grounding of luminaires
  • Use the NEC to determine correct applications of flexible cords and cables for portable equipment; understand the requirements for installation, control, protection, and disconnection of appliances
  • Identify standard and special-use receptacles and understand the applicable rules for new and replacement installations
  • Use the NEC to determine guarding, ventilation, grounding, and location requirements for various types of transformers, including those in vaults; use the NEC to calculate OCPD sizes for transformers
  • Define hazardous locations and the class, divisions, and groups used by the NEC to classify hazardous locations, and understand the application of various devices required for hazardous location installations
  • Understand the specialized requirements that apply to other special locations, such as health care facilities and places of assembly

Your Course

EET075 Understanding and Applying the National Electrical Code®


  • Gain an understanding and appreciation of the National Electrical Code.®
  • Receive in-depth coverage of all of the essential elements of the code including terminology, structure, and specific applications and interpretations.
  • Study conductor fill, load, and voltage drop calculations.
  • Learn GFCI requirements, grounding rules, and wiring requirements for hazardous locations.
  • Study code variables based on single-family and multi-family classifications and residential and commercial classifications.
  • Understand code requirements specific to health-care facilities.
Additional Course Materials


  • National Electrical Code®
  • Electrical Systems Based on the NEC®

Computer Specifications
As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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National Electrical Code and NEC are registered trademarks of the National Fire Protection Association.

Sample Lesson

To view a National Electrical Code sample lesson, click here.

National Electrical Code 2017 Certificate Online Program Details

Penn Foster Career School can help you gain relevant knowledge and skills, like terminology, structure, and specific applications of the code.

State Licensing Information

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in this field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered by your Penn Foster Program. You should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where you plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in your Program. Please click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Online 2011 National Electrical Code

This is a great option if you want to improve your electrical skills for a job, such as an engineering or maintenance technician, electrician’s assistant, or general contractor. Here are a few qualities that effective electricians have in common:

  • Patient: Repairing or installing electrical units is a step-by-step process that can take time.
  • Problem solving: Finding the missing piece can be challenging and rewarding.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Careful: Being cautious helps prevent accidents or injury.
  • Reliable: Customers and employers can rely on you to work hard and perform consistently.

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- Kenny B., Penn Foster graduate

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- James R., Penn Foster Graduate

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- Dahlia R., Penn Foster Graduate

Your program includes:

  • Books and learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the National Electrical Code Certificate academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Do students in the National Electrical Code 2014 Certificate Program need any background knowledge on electrical concepts?

Students considering this certificate program should have an understanding of basic electrical concepts and some previous experience with electrical devices, wiring, calculations, and basic print reading.

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The completion of a certificate-level program does not typically qualify a student for employment. Completion of this program may assist students who have previous academic or work-related experience improve their chances for promotion or entry-level employment.

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