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The Electrical Foundations Program includes Level 1, which is the first year theoretical and hands-on training component of the four-year apprenticeship program. This program is ideal for entry-level trades training – No ITA-BC sponsorship is required. Upon successful completion of the diploma requirements, students will receive certification and a total of 350 hours towards their apprenticeship.
An Electrician is designated as a Construction Electrician under the Inter-Provincial Red Seal program. This ITA-BC Approved modular program provides opportunities for students to gain employable lifetime skills, and provides employers with a highly trained and experienced workforce while strengthening British Columbia’s economy.
Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities. Since electricity is used for a variety of purposes including climate control, security, and communications, Electricians need to be proficient in many applications of electricity. There are three main settings in which Electricians typically work; Construction, Industrial and Institutional.
Electricians have many different responsibilities and tasks that they must carry out in their daily work. They assemble, install, alter, test, and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal, and fire alarms for all types of buildings and premises.
They ensure that all electrical connections are safe and meet the Canadian Electrical Code requirements. This program gives the student the necessary skills to be competitive in all environments.
In addition to providing students with the tools necessary to be successful throughout their time in school as well as career management skills, students will learn how to maintain and use hand tools and power tools safely, be provided with a substantial mathematics overview to ensure success in the program, learn basic DC theory, safety procedures, rudimentary motor control, introduction to electronics and the Canadian Electrical Code.
The Electrical Foundations Program includes a 6-week Practicum and Workplace Orientation. This includes a minimum of 25 hours per week, for a minimum total of 150 hours (144 practicum hours and 6 hours of workplace orientation). Practicum placements are subject to availability (may be in various areas).
This program for Electrical Foundations has received a provisional approval from ITA.
Upon completion of this program, learners will be able to:
Identify four categories of learning resources
Outline steps for setting goals and making decisions
Apply effective time-management strategies
Solve practical problems in mathematics for electricians
Demonstrate safety and maintenance of hand and power tools
Use essential skills in troubleshooting and computers
Use safe work practices
Use tools and equipment
Apply circuit concepts
Use test equipment
Read and interpret drawings and manuals
Apply the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) regulations, and standards
Install low voltage distributions systems
Install control devices
Install and maintain raceways, cables and enclosures
Install and maintain branch circuitry
Install and maintain communication systems
Format an effective employment package
Determine the employers’ needs
Explain the stages of an interview
Develop responses to commonly asked interview questions
Complete a typical application form
Research potential employers
Compile and maintain an Employment Portfolio
Total Program Hours:
Full-Time Program Length:
(Includes holidays and professional days) Program content is subject to change.
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Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent (General Education Development, Adult Basic Education), or mature student status (age 19 and one year out of school). All transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals.
Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80)
Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
English Entrance Assessment
Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the
Math Entrance Assessment
International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade
of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified.
Note: English level assessment will be required for international students.
70% average upon successful completion of all courses and the required number of attested practicum hours. CPR, First Aid and WHMIS will be completed during the program.
Canada Apprentice Loan:
The Canadian Government has announced the creation of the Canada Apprentice Loan (CAL) as an expansion of the Canada Student Loans Program (CSLP). The purpose of CAL is to provide apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans to assist with the costs of technical training.
Starting in January 2015, Apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship program who meet the eligibility requirements for CAL may receive:
Up to $4,000 in loans per period of technical training;
Up to 5 funded periods of technical training; and,
Up to 6 years of interest-free status.
This applies to all levels of our Construction Electrician programs. Contact our Trades Advisor, Ed, for more information: 778-800-2719.
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