Introduction to the Electrical Trade - Revised

Learn the theories, safe practices and proven procedures of the electrical trade with this free online training course.

Publisher: USAID
This course teaches you everything you need to know to do electrical work on residential, commercial and industrial projects. We all depend on an uninterrupted supply of electrical power in our daily lives so skilled electricians are highly valued professionals. This course lays out the theory behind electricity to explain the practices and procedures you will employ on the job so sign up to gain a valuable new skill and boost your career.
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    1.5-3 Hours
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This course introduces you to the most common occupational hazards that electricians face, including electric burns and shock. We examine the risks involved when working with tools, equipment, batteries and ladders, which apply around overhead equipment and in confined spaces - even more so in the absence of precautionary measures. We then establish the importance of wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

The course explains how electrical circuits work and discusses voltage sources, source loads, volt-ohm-milliammeters and conductors. We outline the roles of voltage, current and resistance in electrical systems. We delve into electrical theory and study electric charge to explain the movement or flow of electrons in a circuit. The course also covers fundamental electrical concepts like Ohm's and Kirchhoff's Law and compares series and parallel circuits.

Every electrician needs a toolkit of knowledge and skills, whether they work on residential, commercial or industrial projects. They also require strong troubleshooting skills and to observe safe electrical practices. We provide all this in this training course that teaches you everything you need to get your career in the electrical trade off to a great start. Sign up to learn a new trade that everybody needs and values.

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