Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians from Grand Canyon University

Prepare for Electrician Work Through a Pre-Apprenticeship Pathway

When determination meets opportunity, the possibilities are limitless. You can complete electrician pre-apprenticeship courses through the Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians after just one semester (16 credits and four courses).1 These courses are designed to prepare you to move into an electrician apprenticeship and begin a professional career in a growing field.

4 Courses

16 credits and four courses to completion1


Estimated number of new jobs to open for electricians from 2022 to 20322

Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians Experience

The always-evolving high-tech construction industry can be a great career option for those who like working outdoors and enjoy a good challenge. To ready yourself for a career focused on building and creating, consider GCU’s Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians as a step toward your future career path.

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Pre-Apprenticeship Overview

  • One semester (16 credits)
  • Complete four college-level courses (transferrable) within a 15-week period (four credits each)
    • Orientation and Success
    • Math Applications
    • Communications
    • Electrical Foundations
  • Hands-on, practical applications within the courses
  • Afternoon and evening classes that fit your schedule
  • Fully funded tuition for U.S. citizens (for Fall 2024)
  • Qualified students must possess a driver’s license and be authorized to work in the U.S.3


  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona

Benefits of the Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for electricians to increase by about 6% from 2022 to 2032, faster than average, accounting for an estimated increase of 49,200 jobs in the field.2 By taking the pre-apprenticeship courses, students may be more prepared for an electrician apprenticeship and have the opportunity to meet the needs for a potential career as an electrician.

This pre-apprenticeship teaches students how to be supervised, builds character, a strong work ethic and so much more! Here are just a few benefits you can look forward to as a participant in this Pre-Apprenticeship for Electricians:

  • The GCU Pre-Apprenticeship courses are designed to provide access to an Employer Apprenticeship Program in Arizona and Texas. Those who are accepted into and complete an Employer Apprenticeship program and become electricians may earn $60,240 annually (national median rate according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2022). Salaries will vary based on the individual and the hiring company.4
  • Opportunities to work during the pre-apprenticeship
  • Begin securing your future in a career building complex, high-tech construction projects
  • Access to GCU’s main campus and all of the benefits that a traditional campus atmosphere provides


Median annual wage of $60,240 for electricians, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of May 2022).4

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1 This pre-apprenticeship does not lead to licensure.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electricians, retrieved on Nov. 3, 2023.

3 A completed background check and fingerprint clearance are dependent on contract.

4 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Electricians as of May 2022, retrieved on Nov. 3, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 to 2022 may be atypical compared to prior years. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers nationwide with varying levels of education and experience. It does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as electricians, nor does it reflect the earnings of workers in one city or region of the country or a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries. Your employability will be determined by numerous factors over which GCU has no control, such as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, the graduate’s experience level, individual characteristics, skills, etc. against a pool of candidates.