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Electrician: Apprenticeship (Harmonized)


  • Training Level
    Apprenticeship
  • Tuition Estimate
    $1,200 (One level)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • Construction Electrician- Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
    • Industrial Electrician with Interprovincial Red Seal endorsement; Certificate of Apprenticeship
  • Coordinator Contact
    Joy Brown at 250-489-2751 (x3330) or
    1-877-489-2687 (x3330)
    Email: jbrown3@cotr.bc.ca

Application Deadline Advice

Applications will open in November. Admission is based upon a first qualified, first-admitted principle which is based on the date and time the applicant meets all admission requirements. Early application is therefore recommended. 

Verify with the institution for specific dates.

Red Seal

This is a Red Seal trade. Learn more about trade mobility within Canada at Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Training Schedule

Training schedule details provided by the BC Trades Training Consortium (TTC).

Contact COTR for the next opening.

Related Foundation Programs

Not ready for an apprenticeship program? This Foundation (Pre-apprenticeship) program may be of interest:

Electrician Apprenticeships

In the harmonized structure of Electrician Apprenticeship: Level 1, 2, 3 are common to Electrical and Industrial Electrician. Level-4 apprentices will take the specific trade that they were registered in: Construction Electrical (CE) or Industrial Electrical (IE).

Apprenticeship Training

This program satisfies the training standard set by the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for:

Electrician, Construction

For updated details regarding Electrician, Construction, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.

Description

Construction Electricians plan, design, assemble, install, alter, repair, verify, commission, connect, operate, maintain and decommission related electrical systems. Electrical systems provide heating, lighting, power, alarm, security, communication, and control in residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, transportation, marine and entertainment environments. 

The program combines technical and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels. Each level is 10 weeks (300 hours) for a total of 1200 technical training hours. The first three levels are Common Core Electrician. After the third level, students choose either Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician for the fourth level training. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6000 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 200 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 003.3

Training Content
  • Apply Circuit Concepts
  • Perform Safety Related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Fabricate and Install Support Components
  • Commission and Decommission Electrical Systems
  • Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
  • Install and Maintain:
  • --Consumer/Supply Services and Metering Equipments
  • --Protection Devices
  • --Low Voltage Distribution Systems
  • --Power Conditioning, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and Surge Suppression Systems
  • --Bonding, Grounding, and Ground Fault Detection Systems
  • --Power Generation Systems
  • --Renewable Energy Generating and Storage Systems
  • --High Voltage Systems
  • --Transformers
  • --Raceways, Cables, and Enclosures
  • --Branch Circuitry
  • --Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • --Exit and Emergency Lighting Systems
  • --Cathodic Protection Systems
  • --Motor Starters and Controls
  • --Drives
  • --Non-Rotating Equipment and Associated Controls
  • --Motors
  • --Signaling Systems
  • --Communication Systems
  • --Building Automation Systems
  • --Automated Control Systems
  • --Pneumatic, Hydraulic Control and Pumping Systems
Pre-requisites

Recommended

(Please refer to the BC Curriculum Comparison Chart for course equivalents)

One of:

Recent Grade 12 graduate (within the past 5 years) with demonstrated mechanical aptitude, and:
  • Principles of Mathematics 11 or 12,  Pre-calculus 11 or 12, or equivalent
  • English 12 or Communications 12
  • Physics 11 or 12
OR
  • Recent Electrical Foundation Graduate (ELTT within the past 5 years) of an ITA approved program.
Important Note: Industry strongly recommends to have at least one year of work-based training as an electrical apprentice before starting your in-school technical training.
Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credential
Credits Granted

Industrial Electrician- Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Work-Based Training: 4,500 hours

Industrial Electrician- Level 1 & 2 Technical Training

  • Technical Training: Level 1 & 2
  • Work-Based Training: None

C of A (Issued in BC prior to February 2006) in any of the following: Marine Electrician, Industrial Electrician, Neon Electrician, Construction Electrician

  • Eligible to apply for a Certificate of Qualification without examination (Note: Red Seal endorsement granted only with successful challenge of the Interprovincial Red Seal exam)
Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

Explore potential career options in WorkBC. BC Work Futures provides information about occupations, industries and labour market conditions in British Columbia. It features detailed profiles of over 500 occupations.

Electrician, Industrial

For updated details regarding Electrician, Industrial, please review the ITA Accredited program profiles.

ITA Registration

Individuals who wish to begin an apprenticeship in this program must register with the ITA along with their sponsors. Application forms for all programs are available from the ITA website. Online registration is also available for most programs though the ITA website.

Description

Industrial Electricians inspect, install, test, troubleshoot, repair and service industrial electrical equipment and related electrical and electronic controls. Service also includes calibration and preventative/predictive maintenance. Industrial electricians are employed by maintenance departments of plants, mines, smelters, oil and gas rigs, platforms, mills, shipyards, factories, and other industrial establishments. Some are employed by electrical contractors.

The program combines technical training and work-based training. It generally takes four years to complete.

The technical training is made up of four levels. The first three levels are Common Core Electrician. After the third level students choose either Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician for the fourth level training. Each level is 10 weeks (300 hours) for a total of 1200 technical training hours. This block of training is normally delivered through an ITA approved training institution. Sometimes it may also be met through approved training models (distance education, online, part-time) and/or a level challenge exam.

The work-based training totals 6000 hours. Based on a 30-hour work week this involves 200 weeks of training.

For details about the Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative and recent changes to the program structure, visit the ITA website OPSN 2017 004.3 .

Training Content
  • Apply Circuit Concepts
  • Perform Safety Related Functions
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Organize Work
  • Fabricate and Install Support Components
  • Commission and Decommission Electrical Systems
  • Use Communication and Mentoring Techniques
  • Install and Maintain:
  • --Consumer/Supply Services and Metering Equipments
  • --Protection Devices
  • --Low Voltage Distribution Systems
  • --Power Conditioning, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) and Surge Suppression Systems
  • --Bonding, Grounding, and Ground Fault Detection Systems
  • --Power Generation Systems
  • --Renewable Energy Generating and Storage Systems
  • --High Voltage Systems
  • --Transformers
  • --Raceways, Cables, and Enclosures
  • --Branch Circuitry
  • --Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • --Exit and Emergency Lighting Systems
  • --Cathodic Protection Systems
  • --Motor Starters and Controls
  • --Drives
  • --Non-Rotating Equipment and Associated Controls
  • --Motors
  • --Signaling Systems
  • --Communication Systems
  • --Building Automation Systems
  • --Automated Control Systems
  • --Pneumatic, Hydraulic Control and Pumping Systems
Pre-requisites

Recommended

One of:

Recent Grade 12 graduate (within the past 5 years) with demonstrated mechanical aptitude, and including:
  • Principles of Mathematics 11 or 12,  Pre-calculus 11 or 12, or equivalent
  • English 12 or Communications 12
  • Physics 11 or 12
OR

Recent Electrical Foundation Graduate (ELTT within the past 5 years) of an ITA approved program.

Important Note: Industry strongly recommends to have at least one year of work-based training as an electrical apprentice before starting your in-school technical training.

Advisor Tips
The Red Seal endorsement allows qualified tradespeople to practice their trade anywhere in the country.  To receive this endorsement you must pass a Red Seal exam. Depending on your trade there is anywhere from 100 to 150 multiple choice questions on the exam. The passing grade is 70%.

There are currently 56 designated Red Seal trades in Canada.
Cross-Program Credits

Individuals who hold the credentials listed below are entitled to receive partial credit toward the completion requirements of this program.

Credential
Credits Granted

Construction Electrician- Certificate of Qualification

  • Technical Training: Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Work-Based Training: 4,500 hours

Construction Electrician- Level 1 & 2 Technical Training

  • Technical Training: Level 1 & 2
  • Work-based Training: None
Related Occupations

Apprenticeship training in this program can lead to a career in:

Explore potential career options in WorkBC. BC Work Futures provides information about occupations, industries and labour market conditions in British Columbia. It features detailed profiles of over 500 occupations.