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Electrician: Apprenticeship

  • Training Level
  • Tuition Estimate
    $1050 per level; plus $45/month Student Fee
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    Contact: 250.370.3822
  • Credential Granted
    • Apprenticeship
    • ITA Credential
  • Coordinator Contact
    School of Trades 250.370.3822
    Trade Information Sessions 250.370.3810

Application Deadline Advice

Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

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).

View upcoming training dates on TTC.

Level: 01
Level: 02
Level: 03
Level: 04

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

Electrician, Construction

ITA Source: 'Electrician, Construction' profile.


Construction Electricians install, construct, alter, repair, maintain, commission, test, service, calibrate, and operate related electrical and electronic systems in any building or structure.

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. 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, 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

Training modules are:

  • Use Essential Skills
  • Use Safe Work Practices
  • Use Tools and Equipment
  • Apply Circuit Concepts
  • Use Test Equipment
  • Read and Interpret Drawings and Manuals
  • Install Low Voltage Distribution Systems
  • Install Electrical Equipment
  • Install Control Circuits and Devices
  • Install Signal and Communication Systems
  • Install High Voltage Systems



One of:

  • Grade 12 with demonstrated mechanical aptitude, Principles of Math 11, Physics 11, and English 12 or Communications 12
  • completion of an electrical industry assessment exam with equivalences in Principles of Math 11, Physics 11, English 12 or Communications 12, and technical and mechanical aptitude
  • graduation from an Electrical Foundation Program (approved by ITA) in the past five years

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

Red Seal Endorsement

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.

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

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