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Basic Electrical Theory

COURSE NO: E04-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Basic Electrical Theory
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces basic electrical concepts. It starts by explaining the concept of the electrostatic force and the first law of electrostatics. It defines the basic electrical terminology and its corresponding units of measure. It continues to describe the methods of producing electricity. It also describes the principle of magnetism and magnetic circuits. Finally it provides a list of basic electrical symbols used to read and interpret electrical system diagrams and schematics.


This 4 PDH online course is applicable to electrical and computer engineers, design and construction personnel, technical staff and facility operators who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the theory of electricity.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding atoms and their forces
  • Distinguishing electrical components conductors, insulators and resistors
  • Understanding voltage and current
  • Learning the units of electrical measurements
  • Identifying the methods of producing voltage
  • Understanding magnetism and magnetic circuits
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Module 1, "Basic Electrical Theory" of the Department of Energy Publication DOE-HDBK-1011/2-92, "Electrical Science". 

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Basic Electrical Theory (1.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Module 1 of this DOE publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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