Seminar Overview

Available in both virtual and in-person, instructor-led formats, this essential two-day Basic Electricity training course – the most popular in our catalog – provides a foundational understanding of how electricity works in commercial and industrial settings. Basic Electricity for the Non-Electrician includes hands-on electrical skills improvement and is designed to train maintenance technicians and other non-electrical personnel working in industrial plants and commercial buildings. It is also a great refresher course for experienced electricians and engineers.

In this course, students are immersed in practical, real world examples that illustrate how electricity is distributed and used in their plants and facilities. They’ll learn how to use electrical test equipment in their everyday jobs before moving on to an in-depth discussion about major electrical components, where and how these electrical components work, and their purposes within electrical systems. The goal of this basic electrical training course is to teach students how to reduce electrical equipment downtime, improve overall efficiency and safety, and fix problems they’ve been unable to solve on their own. This course can also be adopted as part of a company’s regular Qualified Electrical Worker program.

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This 2-day seminar is just $1,195. You can also combine it with our Electrical Troubleshooting course for a comprehensive 4-day Electrical Workshop.

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What is Virtual Instructor-led Training (VILT)?

Virtual Instructor-led training refers to live audio and video classroom courses taught over the internet with 100 percent instructor/student interaction. Your workers can complete virtual training from their own homes or workplace as long as they have an internet connection, microphone, and webcam. 

Virtual training is an effective way to teach basic electrical classes online. Workers can complete a basic electrical course without the costs and health risks associated with physical classrooms, engaging in hands-on practice through simulation training, live class discussions, instructor mentoring, and quizzes. Taking a basic electrical course online is a convenient way to provide workers with important basic electrical training, helping them learn how to handle electrical components in a safe, efficient manner.

Visit our Virtual Instructor-Led Training page to learn more about the benefits of VILT.

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Day One - Discussion Topics

Electrical Fundamentals

  • How Electricity Is Produced – Six Different Methods
  • DC and AC in Plants and Facilities – Hands-on Exercise
  • Voltage, Current and Resistance; Ohm’s Law
  • Hands-on Circuit-building Activities with Field Components
    • Simple Circuit
    • Series Circuit
    • Parallel Circuit
    • Combination Circuit
  • Using Multimeters to Measure Voltage, Current, and Resistance in Circuits
  • Verifying a Circuit is De-energized
  • 3 Modes of Failure: Open Circuits, Short Circuits, and Ground Faults
  • Power: What it is, and How It’s Determined
  • Single-phase and Three-phase Systems

Electrical Test Equipment

  • Multimeters – Hands-on Exercise
  • Voltage Testers
  • Clamp-on Ammeter, Megohmmeters & Others

Understanding Your Building's Electrical System

  • Reading Electrical Single-Line Diagrams
  • Major Components
  • The Electrical Service
  • Motor Control Centers
  • Transformers – How they work
  • Delta vs. Wye connected systems
  • Switchgear and Circuit Breakers
  • Overcurrent Protective Devices
  • Feeders
  • Disconnects
  • Motors, Panelboards, and Branch Circuits
  • Lighting Circuits
  • Electrical Floor Plans & Facility Wiring

Day Two - Discussion Topics

Electrical Safety in the Workplace

  • Introduction to NFPA 70E®
  • Hazards & Dangers of Electricity
  • Shock, Arc Flash, and Arc Blast
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)
  • Developing Safe Work Practices

The National Electrical Code®

  • Purpose, Overview & Definitions
  • Installation Requirements
  • “Qualified Electrical Workers”

Wire Selection

  • Conductor Types & Materials
  • Wire Size and Wire Insulation

Installing Wire (Conductors)

  • Raceways & Cable Trays
  • Conduits
  • Fittings and Boxes
  • Dedicated Working Space
  • Sizing of Fuses/Circuit Breakers
  • Sizing of Motor Overloads
  • Conduit Fill Considerations

Wiring Equipment

  • Wire Nuts, Terminals and Crimpers – hands-on exercise
  • Switches and Receptacles – hands-on exercise
  • Fluorescent Ballasts
  • Motors
  • Temporary Wiring

Basic Troubleshooting Techniques

  • Branch Circuit Problems
  • Control Circuit Troubleshooting
  • Checking and Replacing Fuses

Electrical Maintenance Activities

  • Performing Checks as part of an Assured Equipment Grounding Program
  • Use and Operation of GFCI’s
  • Types of Electrical Maintenance
  • Special Precautions


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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8 TPC Training CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by  your state licensing agency.

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Optional Certification Exam

A certification exam is available for this course; students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the Testing and Certification page for more information.