Electrical and Electronic Circuits Certificate Program

The Dalhousie Electric and Electronic Circuits Certificate Program is being phased out and as of January 2020 is no longer accepting new applicants. Please take a look at our Electrical Engineering for Non-Electrical Engineers Certificate Program.

Current students are able to finish their certificate program studies, and should contact the program manager with any further questions.

Description (100% Online)

The Electrical Circuit Fundamentals and Electronic Circuits program consists of three (3) modules covering Module I Electrical Fundamentals: Direct Current Circuits, Module II Electrical Fundamentals: Alternating Current Circuits, and Module III Electronics: Semiconductor Devices and Circuits. The electronics program includes the basic theory and knowledge of fundamental principles, theorems and laws, circuit behaviors and analysis, and problem solving procedures for electronics technicians with examples and applications.

What you will learn

Module I - Electrical Fundamentals: Direct Current Circuits
DC circuits is the initial subject studied when entering the electronics field. DC circuits mostly involve constant voltage sources and interconnected resistive networks. The student will become familiar with electrical terminology, components, circuit schematics, Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Voltage Law, Kirchhoff's Current Law, and Power Law, simple series circuits, parallel circuits, and series-parallel circuits.

Module II - Electrical Fundamentals: Alternating Current Circuits
AC circuits use voltage sources that vary with time. The course is an extension of DC theory as applied to AC circuits. Capacitors, inductors, and transformers are introduced. RC circuits, RL circuits, RLC circuits, and passive filters are discussed.

Module III - Electronics: Semiconductor Devices and Circuits
The invention of the transistor made the field of digital electronics possible. This ultimately led to the invention of the computer and many other modern technologies. Rectifier diodes, zener diodes, light emitting diodes and circuits; bipolar junction transistors, biasing, and common amplifier circuits; operational amplifier circuits, active filters, and oscillators; and voltage regulators are discussed.

Who should attend

This course is intended for anyone that is interested in electronics—from a hobbyist who wants to understand how electricity works to those in non-technical careers who interact with engineering teams. Perhaps, you are just exploring opportunities to broaden your skill-set or considering a career in electronics. Electrical Circuit Fundamentals and Electronic Circuits is an introductory course which offers insight into modern electronics technology.

Course content

This online course has three modules:

Save $290! Register and Pay $3195 for the entire certificate in advance. Please contact Chris Abraham at 902-494-8042 or 1-800-565-8867 for more information.

Note: It is highly recommended that participants attend Modules I, II and III in their sequential order. We are unable to accommodate requests for advanced standing. Participants must complete all 3 modules including all quizzes and exams in order to be awarded a Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Circuits. In special circumstances a participant may complete a certificate module outside the regular program schedule on a self-study basis. Application for self-study must be sent in writing to the Program Director.

Certificate requirements

The certificate is awarded after the completion of the three modules, including all quizzes and final exams. This represents approximately 150 hours of training which includes online sessions, home study, assignments and exam preparation. The participants must attain a minimum of 65 percent for each module and an aggregate average of at least 75 percent in the program.

Required textbook

Paynter, R. T., & Boydell, B. T. (2009). Electronics Technology Fundamentals: Conventional Flow Version (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-504874-0 ISBN-10: 0-13-504874-5, available at Chapters and Amazon.

Instructor availability

Questions will be answered during the on-line session - just like in a traditional classroom. During these sessions, students can type their questions in the chat box and the instructor will reply. Students can also use e-mail for “personal questions” and the instructor will reply within two business days.


Sean Piercey CET, IntET(Canada), BTech, BEd, MEd is a registered electronics engineering technologist with 20 years of experience teaching electronics to apprentice and journeyman technicians.

Sean Piercey graduated the Electronics Engineering Technology program from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology in 1992. He continued his technical training in the Computer Technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College, Institute of Technology and graduated in 1994. His careers led him to complete a Bachelor of Technology from Memorial University, a Bachelor of Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick, and a Master of Education in Curriculum Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University on a part-time basis as continuing education and professional development.

While studying electronics and computer technology, Sean joined the Primary Reserves and received his commission in 1993 as an Electrical Mechanical Engineering Officer for the 33rd Service Battalion. In 1997, he transferred to the 84th Independent Field Battery as their Training Officer. Sean resigned his commission at the rank of Lieutenant in 1998. During this period when he began his army and military technical training, Sean began working full-time as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and lab maintenance staff at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Engineering Department in 1994. In 1996, Sean began his teaching career as faculty for the Computer Service Electronics Technician program at the NSCC, Burridge Campus. After four years with the NSCC, he changed careers again in 2000 and accepted a position as Regional Service Centre Manager for InterTAN Technical Services, a consumer electronics repair depot serving Atlantic Canada. In 2006, Sean returned to post-secondary teaching, accepting a position with Dalhousie University, College of Continuing Education as a Technical Instructor for the Naval Fleet School (Atlantic), formerly known as the Canadian Forces Naval Engineering School. Today, Sean is working as an Instructional Designer for Bluedrop Performance Leaning and building a consulting practice focusing on educational services.

Sean has been affiliated with the Society of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Nova Scotia (SCETTNS) and TechNova since the beginning of his career—first as a student member, as an associate member, as a Certified (Electronics) Engineering Technologist in 1995, and added to the International Engineering Alliance, international register of engineering technologists in 2013. Sean joined TechNova’s Council in 2006 and has held a number of positions over the years including Canadian Technology Accreditation Board representative for Nova Scotia, Vice-President, Certification Board member, and most recently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists.

Certificate program application

To apply to this certificate program, please use our online application form.