Postsecondary CH74 Vocational Programs

Nashoba Career Technical Institute (NCTI) serves as the adult division of Nashoba Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District. NCTI is excited to launch our new CH74 Vocational Training Programs for Adults, including recent high school graduates! CH74 Training programs include: Advanced Manufacturing, Carpentry, Dental Assisting, Early Childhood Education, and Electricity.

These evening 10-month programs are approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and, where applicable, by respective state boards. Our CH74 programs are up to 900 hours in duration, incorporate theory and practical learning in state approved facilities, include state and nationally recognized industry credentials, lead to employment in their respective fields and, in some cases, count toward industry-specific required hours for certification and licensure.   

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Electricians install, maintain, and repair electrical power, communications, lighting, and control systems. Electrical is a licensed trade that requires strong technical knowledge and skills and an extensive understanding of Massachusetts State Electrical Code. Nashoba Career Technical Institute (NCTI) Electricity program incorporates theory and practical applications necessary for success in the field. Following the Massachusetts Electrical Code, Electrical students learn to install electrical equipment for lighting, heating, and power applications in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings with a strong emphasis on safety.

NCTI provides students with theoretical and practical experience on residential wiring standards and practices, commercial wiring techniques and applications, and industrial controls. Students will gain advanced knowledge of electrical theory, its application, and be prepared with skills such as troubleshooting electrical systems, quality assurance and testing, proper meter usage, and learning to use blueprints, schematics, and wiring diagrams. Students use commercial equipment and tools and work in a large, well-ventilated shop with simulated residential and industrial work areas.

This program includes 300 code hours toward the 600 required hours of classroom theory/code and up to 400 hours of work experience toward the MA Journeyman Electrician license. Graduates also earn an OSHA-10 Construction card (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and Hot Works certification.


  • In-District MA Resident: $8,992
  • Out-of-District MA Resident: $10,992
  • Fees: $420
  • Payment Plans Available


  • 700-Hour Evening (10-months)
  • Postponed - Start Date TBD (Mon-Thurs 4:30 - 9PM; Fri 4:30-7:30PM)


  • 300 Classroom hours/400 Work hours toward Journeyman’s License
  • OSHA 10-HourConstruction Certificate
  • HotWorks Certificate
  • NCTI Postsecondary Electricity Certificate


  • Jobsite and Electrical Safety (OSHA-10 Construction)
  • Electrical Trade Math
  • Basic Electricity
  • Ohm’s Law
  • DC Circuits (Series, Parallel and Combination)
  • Watt’s Law
  • Introduction to the National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Metal Clad Cable
  • Non-metallic Sheathed Cable
  • Rigid Metal Conduit
  • Electrical Metallic Tubing
  • General Requirements Electrical Installations
  • Identifying Types of Conductors
  • Grounded Conductors
  • Wiring Diagrams
  • Electrical Switches
  • Branch Circuits
  • GFCI and AFCI Protection
  • OverCurrent Protection
  • Receptacles
  • Lighting Fixtures (Luminaires)
  • Navigating the NEC
  • General Rules for Wiring Methods
  • Conductor Requirements for General Wiring
  • Electrical Boxes
  • Swimming Pools
  • Grounding & Bonding
  • Load Calculations
  • Electrical Service Requirements


The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for Electricians to grow 8% from 2019-2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Alternative power generation (solar and wind) is also an emerging field that will require more electricians for installation. MA regional workforce data--since 2016, construction employment is up 7%, wages have increased 13%, and the demand for apprentice Electricians far exceeds the supply!


  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Master Electrician
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Code Compliance Inspector
  • Electrical Construction Estimator
  • Electrical Project Field Supervisor
  • Fire & Security Alarm Installer
  • Line Worker


  • MA current average salary = $70,620
  • For more info MA: MAOEWS data 
  • For National data: U.S. BLS data
  • Program Approval: Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Office of Career/Vocational Technical Education and Massachusetts Board of State Examiners of Electricians