Residential Electrician: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Residential Electrician: Certificate

Spark a bright future.

Electricians are in high demand at commercial and residential sites.

Program Description

As a Residential Electrician, you’ll have working knowledge of the National Electrical Code and know how to use the power and hand tools needed on the job. Learn how to come to a new or existing structure, interpret electrical floor plans, drill holes, run and cut wire, and install boxes and fixtures.

Advanced courses teach you how to complete all residential wiring processes. You’ll be an expert in installing outlets, switches, and fixtures.  You’ll aslo learn about installing appliances such as electric stoves, water heaters, and heating and cooling devices.

TCL’s courses emphasize “green” building techniques, as outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles, to ensure you have the skills needed for jobs today and tomorrow.

And, here in the rapidly growing Lowcountry, construction jobs are always in demand. The S.C. annual mean wage for electricians is $43,710, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TCL’s 21-credit-hour Residential Electrician Certificate program can be completed in as little two full-time semesters. Evening classes are offered. Hands-on courses include construction print reading, basic electricity, fixtures and installation, advanced residential wiring, and the National Electric Code. An internship is also required.

Certify Your Skills

TCL’s Finishing Electrician Certificate also includes the National Electrical Code Journeyman’s license preparation course.

Accreditation & Accolades

TCL instructors are LEED certified. Emphasis is placed on “green” building techniques outlined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
Qualified electricians are always in demand in the Lowcountry.
Quick Fact 2
Hands-on: learn by actually practicing the skills you’ll need on the job.
Quick Fact 3
Learn from the best: TCL instructors are LEED certified.

What People Are Saying

“At TCL, our focus green building benefits the students and the entire community.”

Tim Newsome Program Director

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 21 credits x $170 per credit = $3,570.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Career & Education Opportunities:

Employment of electricians is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. As homes and businesses require more wiring, electricians will be needed to install the necessary components. The job prospects for electricians should be very good, as many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants, according to 2015 reports from U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is this program for you?

The program is a great fit for those who:

• Have strong math skills.
• Have physical stamina and strength.
• Enjoy troubleshooting.
• Have strong customer-service skills.

Other Resources

Program Dean

Kenneth Flick

Division Dean/Business & Industrial Technologies


Timothy Newsome

Building Construction Instructor/Industrial Technology

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