National Electrical Code

Electrical Code Classes

Enhance your career with a National Electrical Code (NEC) Certificate from Penn Foster. With our electrical code classes, you can help broaden your knowledge to give yourself career confidence.

  • Refresh current understanding of electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. 
  • Expected job growth for electricians is 7% over the next 10 years.*
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to use the NEC to find wiring codes for residential applications.
  2. The NEC codes related to equipment, including switching devices, panelboards, fixtures, and appliances.
  3. How to determine whether various electrical scenarios comply with the NEC.
  4. How the NEC codes cover commercial and industrial installations.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

NEC Certificate Career Outcomes








Our National Electrical Code® Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Study the electrical skills you need while preparing for any required industry certifications or state licenses, so you can get started with a new role or advance your career. It's important to note, however, that completion of a certificate-level program alone may not qualify you for employment as an electrician. Earning your NEC certificate can help refresh your current skills or supplement current education and work experience.

State Licensing Requirements

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. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Electrical Code Class Curriculum

  • 1 course
  • 12.5 continuing education units (CEUs)

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 3 months
  • Average time = 4 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from May 2021 - April 2022, excluding withdrawals.

Penn Foster's accredited NEC Certificate Program helps students expand their electrical knowledge, providing the opportunity to advance their careers or have career confidence in entry-level positions or an apprenticeship.

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NEC Program Student Success Stories

Penn Foster can help you gain career confidence affordably and on your terms. Graduates of our NEC Certificate Program have been able to pursue new jobs and earn promotions. Learn more about how Penn Foster helped them reach their goals.
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Andrii T.

Penn Foster Graduate, 2023

“I have learned a lot about electrical work in the USA. If I really want to learn, this is very good place to do it.”

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Electrical Code Program Tuition

The total cost of your online National Electrical Code Certificate Program is a one-time payment of $349 which covers the cost of your studies and any digital textbooks or study materials included in your certificate. 

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NEC Certificate FAQs

What is NEC certification?

The NEC, or National Electrical Code, is a standard for the use and installation of electrical components. The NEC covers the installation and removal of electrical conductors, equipment, and raceways installed in our homes and businesses. It is considered a regional standard for safe installation of electrical wiring and equipment in the United States.

Why learn NEC?

It's important to learn NEC because it is considered a national standard, establishing a basic level for all electrical safety. This means that some version of the standards have been accepted in multiple states, making it law to adhere to this specific code. You can find which states enforce the NEC here.

What digital textbooks will I receive in this course?

For this course, you will use the Electrical Systems Based on the NEC eBook, as well as the online resource: National Electrical Code.

Who enforces the National Electrical Code?

Even though it is termed as a national code, the NEC is not a federal law. It is enforced by states and municipalities that have adopted it as their own standard.