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Residential Electrical, Certificate of Specialization

Banner Code: 1_CE_CTRE

Not Financial Aid Eligible

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 of Specialization Requirements

The Certificate of Specialization is a locally approved career program that requires sixteen units or fewer units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

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 ElectricalSuggested Electives:
CNST A150 Electronics for Electricians
CNST A155 Intro to Home Automation
CNST A156 National Electrical Code
CNST A157 Photovoltaic System Installation
CNST A158 Photovoltaic System Installation 2
CNST A170 Introduction to Construction
CNST A250 Construction Supervision and Project Management
TECH A040 Technical Math


Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
CNST A190 Blueprint Reading and Drafting 4
CNST A165 Construction Safety/CAL OSHA 3
CNST A275 Residential Electrical Wiring 5
Select one of the following: 0-4
Emergency Medical Responder  
First Aid and CPR  
Current CPR Certification
 Total Units12-16