As student interested in training to become electrician, you need to make some choices. You need to decide what type of school to go to and what specific type of training you with to complete. And by now, you’ve probably realized that there are many different types of schools and programs available. You have probably also seen some schools that claim to offer electrician programs online. But can you really train to become an electrician through online courses? Is this a good option for you as a beginning student?
In short, the answer is “no.” The nature of electrician training is very hands-on. Becoming a qualified electrician requires practice, and a lot of it. If that’s true, then why do so many schools offer online programs? Do they have any merit? Well, these schools may be able to offer you some of the knowledge education you require, but the skills training you need to become a licensed electrician cannot be obtained entirely online.
The normal course of training for an electrician involves a certain amount of classroom hours followed by or integrated with a long apprenticeship. And when it comes down to it, this apprenticeship, in which you will spend your days learning directly from a licensed electrician, is the most important part of your training. During this training, you will practice working with electrical tools and equipment. You will test circuits, connect wires, and install switches. This hands-on experience cannot be replicated in an online program.
However, that isn’t to say that you can’t take some of your courses online! In fact, many of the continuing education programs for electricians are conducted online. Even as a beginning student, you may have the option to take some of your courses online. For example, courses in math, electrical theory, the National Electrical code, and other theory topics can be completed online. After you become a licensed electrician, you will need to renew your license yearly in most states, and often the required courses (which cover topics like code changes and safety regulations) can be taken via the Internet.
So, in sum, you cannot obtain the complete training you need to become a licensed electrician in a fully online program. The programs offered by fully online schools can introduce you to the field and give you the basic theory behind electrical work, but that’s all. If you choose, you can enroll in a hybrid program, in which you take your academic courses online and receive your skills training in person. In any case, you should still participate in a state-approved apprenticeship program.
Online education is an excellent choice for many students; for example, it allows many people to work and go to school at the same time. But for electricians, nothing beats hands-on experience.