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2017 National Electrical Code® Program Details

Penn Foster Career School’s National Electrical Code® Certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of the purpose, structure, and technical language of the 2017 National Electrical Code.® Your course, which includes the National Electrical Code® and Electrical Systems Based on the NEC® textbooks, covers information that is foundational to understanding the code and electrical safety.

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.

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
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®

Additional Details

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 in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.
Please review your state board requirements that are applicable to your field of study. State boards may impose a variety of different requirements.

Penn Foster Career School Accreditation & Licensing Details

Penn Foster has been accredited for over 50 years. Penn Foster Career School has been thoroughly reviewed and has earned several important accreditations, certifications, and licensing. Most importantly, Penn Foster Career School is both regionally and nationally accredited.

Short Lessons
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Digital Flashcards
Digital Flashcards
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Discussion Boards
Discussion Boards
With Penn Foster Career School, you are never alone! Our learning platform includes discussion boards so you can connect with instructors and other students in the National Electrical Code® program.

Sample National Electrical Code® Lesson

Penn Foster courses are written in a way that is easy to understand, and materials are broken down into manageable lessons. Take a look at what a National Electrical Code® course would look like.
Sample National Electrical Code Lesson
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As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® or later, and an email account to complete this program.
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