Register today to be added to the waiting list and receive updates for the Electrical Groundsman Program, held in Patrick County.
The Electrical Groundsman certificate program, offered in partnership with Wytheville Community College, provides individuals the skills and certifications needed to develop a career as an Electrical Groundsman. This program prepares students to perform a variety of tasks, in support of and under the supervision of the linemen, in the construction, maintenance, and repair of electrical distribution and transmission lines and equipment.
Click on courses below to view schedules and course descriptions.
- Electrical Groundsman Training
- NCCER Core - Introductory Craft Skills
- CPR and First Aid Training / Certification
: Groundsman training does not require a high school diploma or GED. Students only need to have a valid driver’s license.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn certifications in the following:
- National Center for Construction Education & Research’s (NCCER) Core - Introductory Craft Skills;
- Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Electrical Transmission & Distribution;
- Virginia Department of Transportation’s Basic Work Zone & Flagger; and
- American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support and First Aid.
FastForward Workforce Credential Grant (WCG) pays 2/3 of the cost of tuition when available: You pay 1/3 of tuition upon enrollment; the Commonwealth of Virginia pays 1/3 upon successful completion of the class; the final 1/3 is paid by the Commonwealth of Virginia when you earn the credential.
In addition to receiving grant funding, you may qualify for other funding assistance
programs to receive additional tuition assistance.
Supplies and Fees:
Tuition includes cost of textbooks, assessment fees, as well as a $50 credential attainment incentive.
With a groundsman certificate, graduates are eligible to work for electrical contractors serving utility companies. Moreover, groundsman is the first step in a career that could lead to a lineman position and eventually to a journeyman lineman position which typically pays $27 or more an hour. After completing PHCC’s Electrical Groundsman program, graduates can seamlessly transfer their credentials to Wytheville Community College to take the Electrical Linesman course.