This workshop will outline the components of a residential electrical system. Most of the course will be spent hands-on learning how to wire lights, receptacles, GFCI's, switches (single pole, 3 and 4 way). We will discuss the National Electrical Code and how it impacts residential wiring and potentially unsafe electrical situations. Students will be provided with the book Wiring Complete, Revised Edition. Each participant will come away with a healthy understanding of how to wire safely and to code.

Course start time: Friday, 7pm
Course end time: Sunday, 5pm


  • Competency Level: Beginner
  • Sterling College credits: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)
  • AIA credits: 16 HSW Learning Units

Course Objective

  • This class is designed to give the student basic knowledge about the electrical systems in their houses.
  • We will become familiar with the various materials used in the electrical trade and how to use them.
  • Each student should leave with an understanding and healthy respect for electricity.

What to Bring

  • Any questions you may have
  • Photos depictions questions or areas of concern
  • A camera to take pictures of your wiring

Required Reading

(Please note: These books will be provided to you at upon arrival at Yestermorrow, paid for by your materials fee)

Michael Litchfield and Michael McAlister.  Wiring Complete

Redwood Kardon and Douglas Hansen.  Code Check Electrical: An Illustrated Guide to Wiring a Safe House

Course Outline

Friday evening

7:00pm Welcome/Orientation with Staff

7:30pm Discussion of electrical systems in your house, electrical materials and the National Electrical code


9:00 Continue discussion from Friday

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Hands-on wiring

5:00 Adjourn


9:00 Discussion of prior day's work

10:00 Hands-on wiring

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Hands-on wiring

4:00 Clean up, Question and Answer and Course Evaluation

5:00 Graduation


Start Date: June 17, 2016
Duration: 2 Days
Tuition: $350
Materials: $42