Wisconsin Farm Center
Main office number: 608-224-5012
Wisconsin's Technical College System - Farmstead Rewiring Course
This 18-hour course is for rural electricians (or their employees) who do farm wiring and rewiring. The primary emphasis is on safety and efficient use of electrical energy. The content is applicable to any farming operation but the focus is primarily on dairy operations. The course is designed to cover the unique challenges of working on farms and around animals, review of electrical fundamentals, applicable state and national electrical codes, 3 and 4 wire systems, bonding and grounding, installation of lighting and equipment, planning the work and development of a rewiring proposal.
A six hour refresher class is offered for electricians to maintain their qualifications for farm wring and rewiring. The emphasis is placed on the updating national and state electrical codes and current issues facing electricians and the industry.
Continuing Education Credit: Wisconsin Department of Commerce has authorized 18 hours of CEU (Continuing Education Units) toward Journey and Master Electrician continuing education certification requirements. Also 6 hours of CEU is approved for the refresher class. Each college will award 18 hours and six hours of credit, respectively and maintain transcripts of students. The 18-hour course could qualify for 1 (one) Associate Degree continuing education credit, or an elective in Electrical Apprenticeship, and may also be operated as an adult continuing education course
Contact Wisconsin Technical College in your area for information and indicate that you are interested in enrolling in a course nearest you.
Each college is expected to retain and share their list of successful program qualifiers. Students must be notified that this is a part of the program. Lists will be shared with the utilities upon request. Lists must contain the names of the individuals, contact information, and the firms with whom they are associated. Standard forms registering continuing education units by the Department of Commerce will be signed by the instructor and sent by the college to the Department of Commerce.
Instructional staff: The instructional team; including the lead instructor, utility company representatives, electricians, etc. are required to have:
- Completed the University of Wisconsin Stray Voltage Investigator Training series (3 courses-conducted in cooperation with the Public Services Commission of Wisconsin) or an approved adaptation of this series.
- Journey or Master Certification (Electrician)
- Experience in Farmstead wiring and rewiring.
- Teaching certification within the colleges and system (WTCS)
- Acceptable to: utilities, regulators, contractors, IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers), colleges.