Electrical Foundations – Harmonized Program

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.

Learning Objectives

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

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
720 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
25 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Commercial Electrician
Construction Electrician Apprentice
Institutional Electrician
Maintenance Electrician
Manufacturing Electrician
Marine Electrician
Residential Electrician
Admission Requirements:
  • 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:

  • 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:
  • 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.

Diploma Requirements:
  • 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.


* Electrical Foundations – Harmonized Program was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
720 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
25 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Our advisors are happy to answer any questions.

Courses List

This 25 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

Math For Trades

  • Basic math refresher and foundation for various trades applications
  • Solve measurement and calculation problems using metric and imperial units of measurement
  • Apply algebra skills through manipulation of and application of formulas related to measurement
  • Apply skills used for money math calculations including percent

Safety (Comp/Inc)

  • Obtain WHMIS certification
  • Obtain Occupational First Aid Level 1 certification
  • Use safe work practices
  • Demonstrate safety and maintenance of hand and power tools

Circuit Concepts

  • Apply the principles of electricity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the components of an electrical circuit
  • Perform calculations utilizing concepts of electrical circuits
  • Understand common electrical circuit drawings and features

Circuit Analysis

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the operating principles of DC circuits
  • Apply circuit concepts
  • Analyze types of circuits and their use by solving problems and using calculations

Magnetism

  • Learn and understand the principles of electromagnetism
  • Apply the principles of electromagnetism to understand the use of magnetic circuits
  • Solve practical problems involving magnetic circuits

Electronic Circuit Analysis

  • Understand the characteristics of semiconductor materials
  • Understand the operating principles of diodes and bipolar junction transistors in DC circuits
  • Apply DC circuit principles to analyze electronic circuits using diodes and bipolar junction transistors

Meters

  • Use test equipment
  • Maintain test equipment
  • Analyze problems by measuring power and resistance using meters

Construction Drawings

  • Read and interpret drawings and manuals
  • Determine the material, tool and labour requirements of a project through the analysis of information contained in construction diagrams

Motor Controls & Branch Circuitry

  • Understand lighting design principles
  • Understand the construction and features of lighting types
  • Install and maintain wiring devices and lighting controls
  • Install control devices

Canadian Electrical Code I

  • Apply the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) regulations, and standards
  • Install low voltage distributions systems
  • Install protective devices

Voice/Data/Video Systems

  • Understand and describe the installation procedures for a structured cabling system
  • Perform data cable terminations

Practicum & Workplace Orientation (Comp/Inc)

  • 150 150 hours, 6 weeks
  • Includes 144 practicum hours and 6 hours of workplace orientation

  • Effective customer service and support
  • Problem-solving theory and applications

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
720 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
25 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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