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ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE

WHAT IS AN ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE?

An electrician trainee (ET) is someone who does not qualify to take the state certification exam, they lack the necessary experience or related instruction, but who has legally registered with the state to perform electrical work for a C-10 contractor.

Program Benefits:

  • Compliance with state law. Simply put, you will be legal to do electrical work in California.
  • Convenient and flexible program. You can work during the day and take your classes at night from the convenience of your home.
  • Affordable. Classes average about $370.
  • Comprehensive program. The program takes you through the basics to intensive state exam preparation.
  • Start where you want. You determine the order and progression of your classes. You can pick your classes based on the material you need instructions in.
  • You get hands-on instruction too. A class may have 1-2 scheduled hands-on workshops. They are typically on Saturdays so they don’t interfere with your work schedule.

This program is great for:

  • Individuals who work during the day and can dedicate some of their evenings to classes and course work.
  • Someone who is self-driven and likes setting his/her own learning pace.
  • Someone who is comfortable with technology-based instruction.

GETTING STARTED

Step One: Enroll with ABC NorCal

  • Review the Live Webcast System Requirements to ensure your personal equipment and software can accommodate the program.
  • Complete and submit the combined ABC NorCal Electrician Trainee (ET) Program Enrollment and Initial Class Sign-up form, with the required fees.
  • We will send you an enrollment confirmation letter. Keep a copy of this letter as proof that you are enrolled in a state-approved ET program.
  • Order your textbooks. Review the Passing Points and Hours Matrix.
  • Complete your selected training program course within 3 months of enrollment and sign up for another course within 3 months of the conclusion
    of your previous course. Repeat the process every 3 months thereafter.

Step Two: Register with the state

  • Complete the state registration form. Our “school number” is 154.
  • Staple a copy of the ABC NorCal enrollment confirmation letter to your completed state registration form and mail both to the address below.
    Be sure to include the state’s $25 registration fee (check or money order).

Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Attn: Electrician Certification Unit
PO Box 511286
Los Angeles, CA 90051-7841

  • When your packet is processed, the state will send you a letter confirming your state-registered Electrician Trainee status. This letter will also
    include your tracking or “T-number” and trainee card.

Click on title headings below to view courses within.

  • BASIC ELECTRICAL SERIES

    • GW-101
    • GW-102
    • GW-103
    • GW-104

    GW-101 BASIC ELECTRICAL SERIES (42 HOUR COURSE)

    Fundamentals of Electrical Theory and Introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC) GW-101 is an introduction to the theory of electricity, which covers the fundamental electrical laws and explains how the National Electrical Code (NEC) governs the installations of electrical wiring and equipment. Key concepts and points include:

    • Refresher on basic math skills applied to electrical calculations
    • General information on electrical installations
    • Electrical symbols and receptacle outlets
    • Atomic structure
    • Electrical quantities and Ohm’s Law
    • Static electricity and magnetism
    • Resistors
    • Conductors
    • Voltage drop and neutral sizing for services
    • Wiring methods
    • Switch control of lighting circuits, receptacle installation, bonding, and induction heating

    Safety best practices are covered along with tips on study skills. In this course, math equations are applied to the safe and sound wiring and load choices for electrical installations, troubleshooting and maintenance. Theories are discussed and applied to on-the-job situations and tasks. Lab activities are conducted to enable hands-on practice activities. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
    • Late Fee Tuition: $359
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: $125
    • Be sure to review this course’s textbook requirements to ensure you have the correct textbook(s).
    • Webcast Requirements: You will need a valid email address to sign-up and to be invited to the class. Please refer to the webcast system requirements.

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    *This course includes clases that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-102 BASIC ELECTRICAL SERIES (42 HOUR COURSE)

    Introduction to the Basic Installation of Lighting Fixtures and Brand Circuits GW-102 expands on the theories and applications taught in our 101 courses and provides instruction in the following areas:

    • GFCI, AFCI, and TVSS
    • Series circuits
    • Parallel circuits
    • Luminaires, fixtures, ballasts and lamps
    • NEC subject indexing
    • Lighting branch circuits
    • Combination circuits
    • Measuring instruments
    • Using wire tables and determining conductor size
    • Combined lighting circuits.

    This course is loaded with hands-on practice activities and labs to assure that skills, in the above areas are applied to on the job applications. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
    • Late Fee Tuition: $359
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 101 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • Be sure to review this course’s textbook requirements to ensure you have the correct textbook(s).
    • Webcast Requirements: You will need a valid email address to sign-up and to be invited to the class. Please refer to the webcast system requirements.

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    *This course includes clases that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-103 BASIC ELECTRICAL SERIES (42 HOUR COURSE)

    Continuation of Lighting Branch Circuits & Introduction to Special Purpose Outlets GW-103 applies what you learn to installing lighting branch-circuits in dwelling units while also exploring the code requirements of safe installations and explaining standard industry practices. Topics covered include:

    • Conduction in liquid and gases
    • Batteries and other sources of electricity
    • Inrush current, voltage drop and use of Ohm’s Law in calculating basic measurements
    • Practice using an architectural rule
    • Sizing junction boxes, box fill and conduit layout
    • Water heater, water pump circuit calculations
    • Calculate overcurrent protection
    • Complete motor lab worksheet
    • Special purpose outlets
    • NEMA receptacle plug configuration
    • Selection of wiring devices

    This course expands your electrical skills and knowledge in the areas listed above through a series of lab and practice activities. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
    • Late Fee Tuition: $359
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 102 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • Be sure to review this course’s textbook requirements to ensure you have the correct textbook(s).
    • Webcast Requirements: You will need a valid email address to sign-up and to be invited to the class. Please refer to the webcast system requirements.

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    *This course includes clases that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-104 BASIC ELECTRICAL SERIES (42 HOUR COURSE)

    Special Systems & Single-Phase Transformer Theory in Residential Electrical Applications GW-104 expands your area of expertise into a variety of special applications. Knowledge and skills are developed in the following areas:

    • Single-phase transformers installation and testing
    • Special purpose outlets for electric heating and air conditioning
    • Gas and oil central heating systems
    • Installation of a twist–on coaxial connector
    • Television, telephone and low voltage signal systems
    • Heat, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Fire alarms and security systems
    • Arc flash protection
    • Service entrance equipment
    • Overcurrent protection-fuses and circuit breakers
    • Calculating residential loads
    • Swimming pools, spas, hot tubs, and hydro-massage baths
    • Wiring of home automation systems
    • Stand-by power systems

    Practical applications that involve the interpretation of schematic wiring diagrams and/or accessing code requirements information are covered in this fast paced course. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $309
    • Late Fee Tuition: $359
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 103 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • Be sure to review this course’s textbook requirements to ensure you have the correct textbook(s).
    • Webcast Requirements: You will need a valid email address to sign-up and to be invited to the class. Please refer to the webcast system requirements.

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    *This course includes clases that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.
  • INTERMEDIATE ELECTRICAL SERIES

    • GW-201
    • GW-202
    • GW-203
    • GW-204

    GW-201 Intermediate Electrical Series (36-hour course) 

    Introduction to Alternating Current, Branch Circuits, Feeder/Service Calculations, and Introduction to Print Reading

    Designed for students who have completed the GW 100 series successfully, or for experienced electricians who want to refresh their knowledge of electrical theory and expand their skills in print reading and other areas. GW 201 reviews the content covered in GW-104 and expands on theories and applications taught in the 100 Series. You will gain practice in making a variety of calculations for:

    • Branch circuit loads for single and multi-family dwellings
    • Service entrance conductors using optional methods
    • Peak to peak voltage

    Topics covered in the course include:

    • Finding information in the NEC
    • Conductor comparisons and resistance
    • Branch circuits and feeders
    • Introduction to service calculation worksheets
    • Magnetic induction
    • Basic trigonometry and vectors
    • Construction drawings and sets of print reading
    • Solving construction problems by using math skills
    • Understanding road survey stakes
    • Using an engineer rule

    GW 201 includes an independent study project that you must complete to earn course credit. The project is designed to help you develop on-the-job skills you need to be an expert electrician.  You gain practice in a variety of sophisticated on the job applications to expand your skill sets and your competencies. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 36
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $329
    • Late Fee Tuition: $379
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: $125
    • PLEASE REVIEW THE TEXTBOOK INFORMATION  to ensure you have the applicable textbooks. Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-202 Intermediate Electrical Series (36-hour course)

    Three Phase Electrical Systems, Conductor & Overcurrent Protection, and Print Reading Basics

    GW-202 course is designed to expand on the concepts and skills built in GW-201. Topics that are covered include:

    • Conductors and overcurrent protection
    • Types of three-phase transformers
    • Three-phase transformer calculations and connections
    • Print reading fundamentals for both commercial and residential applications
    • Grounding and bonding
    • Print reading for construction
    • Reading scales and dimensioning drawings
    • Wiring methods

    GW 202 includes an independent study project that you must complete to earn course credit. The project is designed to help you develop on-the-job skills you need to be an expert electrician.  Upon completion of the learning objectives for this course you will be able to utilize your skills in these content areas on the job. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 36
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $379
    • Late Fee Tuition: $429
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 201 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • PLEASE REVIEW THE  TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks. Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements 

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-203 Intermediate Electrical Series (39-hour course)

    Raceway Systems, Switchboards and Panelboards, DC Motors, Three-Phase Alternators and Motors

    GW-203 course is designed to expand on the print reading and other skills built in the GW-202 course. Learning objectives for this course address the following topics:

    • Wiring materials
    • Raceway systems and cable assemblies
    • Switchboards and panelboards
    • DC motors
    • Sizing branch circuits – Part 2 – hands-on-lab
    • Three-phase alternators and motors
    • Equipment for general use

     

    GW 203 includes an independent study project that you must complete to earn course credit. The project is designed to help you develop on-the-job skills you need to be an expert electrician.  Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 39
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $379
    • Late Fee Tuition: $429
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 202 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • PLEASE REVIEW THE  TEXTBOOK INFORMATION  to ensure you have the applicable textbooks. Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    GW-204 Intermediate Electrical Series (39-hour course)

    Transformers, Special Locations and Single-Phase Motors

    GW-204 expands on the skills and knowledge taught in our 203 courses. Topics covered include:

    • Transformers
    • Special locations
    • Hazardous
    • Healthcare facilities
    • Places of assembly
    • Commercial garages and motor fuel dispensing facilities
    • Motors, generators, A/C and refrigeration and fire pumps
    • Series-parallel circuits
    • Base lighting control – hands-on lab
    • Single-phase motors

    GW 204 includes an independent study project that you must complete to earn course credit. The project is designed to help you develop on-the-job skills you need to be an expert electrician. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 39
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $379
    • Late Fee Tuition: $429
    • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: Books used in your 203 class will continue to be used in this course.
    • Webcast System Requirements: A valid email address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an email address. Web Cast System Requirements

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.
  • ADVANCED ELECTRICAL SERIES

    • GW-301
    • GW-302
    • GW-303
    • GW-304

    Blueprint Reading Part 1 - GW-301 Commercial – Advanced Electrical Series (42-hour course)

    Coordinate cut sheets, submittals, the NEC and more with blueprints to plan electrical installation for commercial construction. GW 301 and 302 take students through construction of a commercial building from underground work through construction and finish work. Students will use genuine construction plans (blueprints) and related documents to learn how to coordinate documents, work with other trades, and identify ways to save money through careful planning. Key course subjects in GW 301 include:

    • How to read construction plans (blueprints)
    • Coordinating construction documents:
      • Construction plans (blueprints)
      • Specifications
      • Submittals
      • Requests for Information (RFIs) and Change Orders
    • Identifying and planning for electrical work on construction plan sheet types
    • Underground utilities locator and coordinating with local utility companies
    • Parallel conductors, sizing secondary conductors and conduits and sizing grounding electrode conductors
    • Working clearances, services and meter types
    • Exterior Lighting
    • Scheduling Labor and materials

    A 2014 NEC book, a set of blueprints and a student resource booklet are required for this course. The blueprints and the student resource booklet are included in the cost of the tuition. The blueprints and the student resource booklet are used for both the Blueprint Reading Part 1 and Part 2 (GW 301 and 302) courses. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $389
    • Late Tuition Fee: $439
    • Approximate textbooks/course materials costs: Textbook/course materials costs vary depending on when, where and how you purchase them. The average cost is $110.00. PLEASE REVIEW THE TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks.
    • Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    Blueprint Reading Part 2 - GW-302 Commercial – Advanced Electrical Series (42-hour course)

    Blueprint Reading Part 2 (GW 302 Commercial): Electrical Work for Commercial Construction from the Ground Up, Part 2 Coordinate cut sheets, submittals, the NEC and more with blueprints to plan electrical installation for commercial construction. GW 301 and 302 take students through construction of a commercial building from underground work through construction and finish work. Students will use genuine construction plans (blueprints) and related documents to learn how to coordinate documents, work with other trades, and identify ways to save money through careful planning. Key course subjects in GW 302 include:

    • Public utility requirements
    • Electrical room layout
    • Floor types and planning conduit runs
    • Parking garage lighting
    • Large conduit systems and parallel conductor ampacity
    • Busway systems
    • Commercial load calculations
    • Lighting fixtures and wiring methods
    • Branch circuits and raceways
    • Electrical for elevators and water heater
    • Electrical finish work

    A 2014 NEC book, a set of blueprints and a student resource booklet are required for this course. The blueprints and the student resource booklet are not included in the cost of the tuition. If you did not take the Blueprint Reading Part 1 (GW301) course contact ABC. The blueprints and student resource booklet are MANDATORY in order to attend the course. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 42
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $389
    • Late Tuition Fee: $439
    • Approximate textbooks/course materials costs: Textbook/course materials costs vary depending on when, where and how you purchase them. The average cost is $110.00. PLEASE REVIEW THE TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks.
    • Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

    Course materials which include specifications and drawings designed especially for the 301 Commercial, 302 Commercial and 303 Commercial courses will be provided by ABC Northern California Chapter.

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    * This course includes classes that are conducted on one or more Saturdays and/or Sundays.

    Blueprint Reading Part 3 (GW 303 Commercial): Planning Commercial Electrical Installations for New Construction

    Build on the skills you learned in GET WIRED! 301 and 302 by getting “hands on” experience planning commercial electrical installations. Identify needed resources, job specifications, applicable codes, and information from the owner/architect, and AHJ and coordinate them all with specific blueprints. This course includes three projects students work on independently, with guidance from an instructor, including:

    • Assignment 1 – Job pre-planning
    • Assignment 2 – Preliminary electrical room layout
    • Assignment 3 – Plan conflict-free electrical installations

    This course is not for beginners. Students who enroll in GET WIRED! 303 should:

    • Have basic blueprint reading experience (including A, C, L, M, P, and E sheets)
    • Have experience using construction documents and electrical specifications (equipment cut-sheets, submittals, electrical contracts, RFI, change orders, and more)
    • Have a good understanding of electrical theory
    • Have considerable experience using the National Electrical Code (NEC)
    A 2014 NEC book, a set of blueprints and a student resource booklet are required for this course. The blueprints and the student resource booklet are included in the cost of the tuition.  Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.
    • Total class hours available: 32
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
    • Late Tuition Fee: $389
    • Approximate textbooks/course materials costs: Textbook/course materials costs vary depending on when, where and how you purchase them. The average cost is $110.00. PLEASE REVIEW THE  TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks.
    • Web Cast System Requirements: A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

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    GW-304: Assess, Analyze, and Take Action (39-Hour Course)

    In GW 304, you’ll build on the skills you developed in 301, 302, and 303 by learning a Code-based path to error-free electrical circuit installations and how to work effectively with electrical inspectors to get your job approved. After your initial class meeting with an instructor, you’ll work on your own and complete three self-paced courses in this order:

    • Working With Inspectors: In Working With Inspectors you’ll learn, how to work effectively with electrical inspectors by providing information about why and how inspectors do their work, and what electricians need to know to be able to communicate with inspectors. You’ll then work through five scenarios where you’ll apply your new skills and knowledge to analyze and negotiate solutions for red tags on commercial and residential electrical installations.
    • Sizing Motor Circuits: In Sizing Motor Circuits, you’ll learn how size single motor circuits for electrical installation. You’ll learn about motors, their components, how motors function, and NEC requirements for sizing single motor circuits. Then, you’ll practice all steps needed to accurately perform given single motor circuit calculations.
    • Fautless: A Code-Based Path to Error-Free Electrical Circuit Installations: In this course, you’ll learn how to coordinate (bring together) information in specific NEC articles, so you can properly select and install the correct electrical circuit components and conductors needed for different load and circuit configurations.
    • Sizing Motor Feeder Circuits: In Sizing Motor Feeder Circuits, you’ll put everything together from the prior courses and learn how to size for motor feeder circuit installations. Then, you’ll practice all steps needed to accurately perform given calculations.

    Knowing how to coordinate electrical circuit ampacity factors for any planned electrical installation will help you on jobs like design-build projects, tenant improvements, and unplanned electrical equipment changes.  Don’t be the electrician who thinks he gets it, but makes costly mistakes. Pay close attention during this course and youcan be the electrician who “really gets it” when it comes to the complex process of coordinating conductor properties  and circuit ampacity for electrical installations.

    While you work on your own on these self-paced courses, you can use an online messaging system to communicate with your instructor and other students, if you have questions.  Each self-paced course has a final exam and you must pass all three of them by your assigned deadline to earn credit for this course. Partial credit for GW 304 will not be given. Work on the self-paced courses at least 6 hours per week, just as you would in any GW course, so that you can finish on time and earn credit for this course.  Required Text: 2014 NEC.  Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.

    • Total class hours available: 31
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
    • Late Tuition Fee: $389 PLEASE REVIEW THE  TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks.
    • Web Cast System Requirements : A valid e-mail address is required at time of sign-up. In order to be able to be invited to the class, you must have an e-mail address. Web Cast System Requirements

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  • ELECTRICAL JOURNEYMAN PREP SERIES

    • GW-401
    • GW-402
    • GW-403
    • GW-404

    GW-401 Introduction to Basic Motor Controls (32-Hour Course)

    Recommended Prerequisite for Electrician Trainees: GW 100 & 200 Series, 301 & 302 Strongly Advised

    For those with little or no experience with motor controls, this online course gives a solid foundation in:

    • Motor controls and schematics
    • Reversing controls
    • Controls for multiple motors
    • Disconnecting means for motors and controllers
    • Winding connections
    • Control and signaling circuits

    This course takes place entirely online – there are no lab days for this course. GW 401 is excellent preparation for Basic Motor Controls Parts 1 and 2, where students apply what they’ve learned in GW 401 to hands-on motor control labs. 2014 NEC book is required. ABC will provide each student with Mike Holt’s Illustrated Guide to Understanding Basic Motor Controls textbook. The Mike Holt’s textbook is included in the course tuition. ABC can not split the textbook and tuition costs. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.  Webcast System Requirements: For the eCampus website and the Adobe Connect virtual classroom to run properly on your computer, please make sure to review the Webcast System Requirements BEFORE class starts. A valid email address is required at the time of sign-up.

    • Total class hours available: 32
    • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
    • Late Tuition Fee: $385

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    GW-402 Electrical Troubleshooting (32-Hour Course)

    GW-402 is a blended learning course, it combines 9 hours of classroom training with 23 hours of home study training.

    The home study training is completed using a series of 3 units of instruction on computer-based circuit troubleshooting simulations to build skills and knowledge on troubleshooting. You will learn by using a systematic approach to testing and troubleshooting. This approach emphasizes the importance of working safely and of measuring your skills based on time and materials standards to save you and your employer money on troubleshooting projects. This course enables you to:

    • Select and use testing and measuring instruments/equipment
    • Review NEC requirements for electrical testing
    • Perform electrical troubleshooting activities just like on real equipment
    • Benefit from the skills of expert troubleshooters as you are “Guided” through sample faults to solving more complex faults using realistic simulations
    • Measure yourself on safety, time and materials standards for excellence

    Course materials include two (2) Troubleshooting CD ROMs which are provided to you by ABC and is included in the tuition cost. This course is not recommended if you have completed the Home Study Electrical Troubleshooting Skills Series. Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course. Computer System Requirements to run any of the Electrical Troubleshooting Skills Series V4programs: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista (32 bit and 64 bit) / Windows 7Pentium III Class PC or greater (1000 MHz or higher required) / System Memory 512 MB or greater / Video Resolution of 1024 x 768 or greater / Sound Card / Mouse / Not Compatible with Macs

      • Total class hours available: 32
      • Standard Tuition Fee: $379
      • Approximate textbooks/reference materials costs: PLEASE REVIEW THE  TEXTBOOK INFORMATION to ensure you have the applicable textbooks. 

     

    • Must have access to a computer with internet access in order to complete the 33 hour home study portion of this course. Contact ABC Northern California Chapter for more information and for recommended resources if needed.

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    GW-403 – Foremanship Skills (32-Hour Course)

    GW-403 focuses on foremanship skills including job estimating, job project management, and jobsite communications.

    Students get the opportunity to tackle electrical installation projects from a ground-up planning perspective, and learn and practice leadership skills as they do so. This course is for foremen who want to improve their skills and for those who want to develop the skills they need to be promoted to foreman. Goals of the course include:

    • Develop skills in working with managers, customers, and journeymen to improve communication, reduce conflict, and increase productivity.
    • Learn to plan projects and develop construction/installation timelines
    • Learn how to estimate materials and work hours for construction/installation jobs.

     

    Minimum Points and Hours: To earn credit hours for this course, students are required to attend a minimum number of course hours and earn a minimum number of points. Zero (0) credit hours will be awarded if the minimum attendance and/or minimum points are not met. See the points and hours matrix for specific requirements for this course.
      • Total class hours available: 32
      • Standard Tuition Fee: $339
      • Approximate textbooks/course materials costs: Textbook/course materials costs vary depending on when, where and how you purchase them. PLEASE REVIEW THE TEXTBOOK INFORMATION  to ensure you have the applicable textbooks. 

     

    • Webcast System Requirements: For the eCampus website and the Adobe Connect virtual classroom to run properly on your computer, please make sure to review the Webcast System Requirements BEFORE class starts. A valid email address is required at the time of sign-up.

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    GW-404 -Test Preparation

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  • TEST PREPARATION & CLASSROOM COURSES

    • 2 Day Test Prep Course - 2014 NEC
    • 2 Day Test Prep Course - 2017 NEC

    2 Day Exam Preparation Course - General or Residential (16 hour course)
    2 Day Exam Preparation Course for the California State General or Residential Certification Exam

    • 2 Day Exam Preparation is a fast-paced code study course focused on learning to use the code book in preparing for the State Certification exam.Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

      Prerequisites : 8,000+ General OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC) or 4,800+ Residential OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the 2014 National Electric Code (NEC)

    • Total class hours available: 16
    • Standard Tuition Fee for Livermore Sessions: $400

    Registration with the State of California: ABC Northern California  Chapter is registered with the State of California. Registration means we have met certain minimum standards imposed by the state for registered schools on the basis of our written application to the state. Registration does not mean we have met all of the more extensive standards required by the state for schools that are approved to operate or licensed or that the state has verified the information we submitted with our registration form.

    2 Day Exam Preparation Course - General or Residential (16 hour course)
    2 Day Exam Preparation Course for the California State General or Residential Certification Exam

    • 2 Day Exam Preparation is a fast-paced code study course focused on learning to use the code book in preparing for the State Certification exam.Much of the class is dedicated to sample testing similar to state exams. It focuses on practical research by the students to find the answers to code questions rather than instruction by lecture.

      Prerequisites : 8,000+ General OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the 2017 National Electric Code (NEC) or 4,800+ Residential OJT hours and substantial knowledge of electrical theory and the 2017 National Electric Code (NEC)

    • Total class hours available: 16
    • Standard Tuition Fee for Livermore Sessions: $400

    Registration with the State of California: ABC Northern California  Chapter is registered with the State of California. Registration means we have met certain minimum standards imposed by the state for registered schools on the basis of our written application to the state. Registration does not mean we have met all of the more extensive standards required by the state for schools that are approved to operate or licensed or that the state has verified the information we submitted with our registration form.

    2020 Dates Coming Soon

  • ELECTRICIAN TRAINEE COURSES FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

    • ETVPSS 1.4
    • ETVPSS 2.1
    • ETVPSS 2.2
    • ETVPSS 2.3

    1.4 Programa Virtual de Eléctricistas en la Formacion en Español y Inglés

    ABC NorCal ofrece un curso por internet especialmente para electricistas que hablan español. El programa usa el mismo currículo de aprendizaje del estado de California y está diseñado para entrenar en el Código Eléctrico Nacional en español y inglés. El curso se realiza tanto en inglés como en español para ayudar aprender los terminus del Código en inglés que se usan en el trabajo y el examen de certificacion.

    This online course is designed especially for Spanish-speaking electricians. The program uses the same learning curriculum as the State of California and is designed to train Spanish-speakers in the National Electrical Code. The course is conducted in both English and Spanish to help Spanish speakers learn the terms of the Code in English that are used at work and on the certification exam.


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    ETVPSS 2.1

    ABC NorCal ofrece un curso por internet especialmente para electricistas que hablan español. El programa usa el mismo currículo de aprendizaje del estado de California y está diseñado para entrenar en el Código Eléctrico Nacional en español y inglés. El curso se realiza tanto en inglés como en español para ayudar aprender los terminus del Código en inglés que se usan en el trabajo y el examen de certificacion.

    This online course is designed especially for Spanish-speaking electricians. The program uses the same learning curriculum as the State of California and is designed to train Spanish-speakers in the National Electrical Code. The course is conducted in both English and Spanish to help Spanish speakers learn the terms of the Code in English that are used at work and on the certification exam.


    Register Now

    ETVPSS 2.2

    ABC NorCal ofrece un curso por internet especialmente para electricistas que hablan español. El programa usa el mismo currículo de aprendizaje del estado de California y está diseñado para entrenar en el Código Eléctrico Nacional en español y inglés. El curso se realiza tanto en inglés como en español para ayudar aprender los terminus del Código en inglés que se usan en el trabajo y el examen de certificacion.

    This online course is designed especially for Spanish-speaking electricians. The program uses the same learning curriculum as the State of California and is designed to train Spanish-speakers in the National Electrical Code. The course is conducted in both English and Spanish to help Spanish speakers learn the terms of the Code in English that are used at work and on the certification exam.


    Register Now

    ETVPSS 2.3

    ABC NorCal ofrece un curso por internet especialmente para electricistas que hablan español. El programa usa el mismo currículo de aprendizaje del estado de California y está diseñado para entrenar en el Código Eléctrico Nacional en español y inglés. El curso se realiza tanto en inglés como en español para ayudar aprender los terminus del Código en inglés que se usan en el trabajo y el examen de certificacion.

    This online course is designed especially for Spanish-speaking electricians. The program uses the same learning curriculum as the State of California and is designed to train Spanish-speakers in the National Electrical Code. The course is conducted in both English and Spanish to help Spanish speakers learn the terms of the Code in English that are used at work and on the certification exam.


    Register Now

RENEWING YOUR STATE CERTIFICATION

  • Download the state Application for Renewal of Registration of Electrical Trainee form.
  • You will need the following information to accompany your state renewal application:
    • Copies of transcripts or documents showing approved schooling completed during the prior year.
    • ABC NorCal Electrical Trainees: Contact us at 925.960.8506 for this documentation. If you have not completed approved curriculum classwork
      within the past three months, visit the Course Catalog and sign up for a class today.
  • The state DAS will confirm your renewal application or inform you via mail if it is deficient within 90 days of receipt.
  • Complete and return the state Electrical Trainee renewal form before your anniversary date (ie. the expiration date on your state Electrician
    Trainee card) in order to remain legal to work.

FORMS, POLICIES & RESOURCES

Listed in alphabetical order in each section.

Forms

Policies

Resources

  • ABC NorCal Student Handboook

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  • CA Department of Industrial Relations (DIR)

    Click here to look up your state registration expiration date or your T-number.
  • CA Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE)

    Click here to view additional frequently asked questions about electrical certification.
  • Electrician Certification Unit
    For questions about your state certification application, status or renewal.

    ECUinfo@dir.ca.gov | (p) 510.286.3900