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Residential Electrical, Certificate of Specialization

Not Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CE_CTRE

This certificate prepares students for entry level employment in residential electrical related trades. The student will be able to wire electrical systems, understand code requirements, and interpret electrical blueprints.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and experience to identify, assess, and participate in many entry-level construction trades.
  2. Be prepared to work in the construction field in positions including, but not limited to work areas such as inspection, management, and as hands-on skilled tradespeople.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CNST A165Construction Safety/CAL OSHA3
CNST A190Blueprint Reading and Drafting4
CNST A275Residential Electrical Wiring5
Select one of the following:0-4
First Aid and CPR
Emergency Medical Responder
Current CPR Certification
Total Units12-16

Residential Electrical Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
CNST A150Electronics for Electricians4
CNST A155Intro to Home Automation2
CNST A156National Electrical Code2
CNST A157Photovoltaic System Installation4
CNST A158Photovoltaic System Installation 24
CNST A170Introduction to Construction3
CNST A250Construction Supervision and Project Management3
TECH A040Technical Math3