Programs: Practical Electrician (221-942-01)
Award: Career Studies Certificates 

Program Purpose:

This program is designed for those seeking employment in an industrial electrical-related field or those seeking to become an entry-level residential, commercial, or industrial electricians.  It will also provide updated training for those currently employed to increase their knowledge.

What will I learn?

Students successfully completing this program will be able to…

  • Show knowledge of circuit design, current flow and power dissipation.
  • Interpret schematics drawings.
  • Identify purpose/ location of components and protection devices.
  • Use varied test equipment to measure voltage, current and resistance.
  • Show knowledge of electrical/other controls.

How long will I need to be in college?

A college-ready student can complete this career studies certificate in two semesters. 

What job or career can I get with this career studies certificate?

Upon completion of the program, graduates will possess the knowledge and skills required for various careers such as:  industrial or residential construction electricians, industrial or residential maintenance electricians, and repair technicians.

What is the job outlook for graduates from this program?

As of the second quarter of 2023, total employment in the Hampton Roads Workforce Region for Electricians was 5,152.  There is projected annual demand/need for 507 new entrants into this occupation (Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Electricians, January 2024).

How much can I earn with this career studies certificate?

Below are the 2023 wages for careers, within the Hampton Roads Workforce Region, that are related to this field.


Entry Level







(Source:  Jobs EQ Occupation Report Wages, January 2024)

Want to know more?  Check out the program map and program requirements in the College Catalog.