Pre-apprenticeship programms (online) на электрика. Канада

Pre-Apprenticeship Millwright and Electrical

About the Program

Program Information

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent preferred, exceptions will be reviewed on an individual basis
  • 16 years of age or over
  • A resident of, and able to work in, Ontario

Note re: Admission Requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.

Admission Procedures

  • Attend a program information session
  • Applicants must complete a Conestoga College application form
  • Applicants will be tested in mathematics, mechanical reasoning and English
  • Applicants who complete the required tests may be invited to return for a personal interview
  • Acceptance is based on a combination of the test results and the personal interview

Program Outcomes

  • Assemble basic electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Contribute to the interpretation of mechanical drawings and other related technical documents.
  • Select, use and maintain industrial machinery, tools and equipment for the installation, manufacturing and repair of basic mechanical components.
  • Identify, select, install and maintain fasteners, bearings, and seals and use lubricants.
  • Describe and safely use rigging equipment for the purpose of moving industrial machines.
  • Set up and operate oxyacetylene and arc welding equipment to safely weld, braze, solder and cut to specifications.
  • Perform routine technical measurements accurately using appropriate instruments and equipment.
  • Utilize various computer applications.
  • Complete all assigned work in compliance with occupational health, safety and environmental law, established policies and procedures, and in accordance with ethical principles.
  • Plan job strategies, develop interview skills, and effective written and interpersonal communication skills.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship Training — General Information
Becoming a Journeyperson

On-the-Job Experience

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates may choose to pursue an apprenticeship in the millwright or industrial electrical trades.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student’s Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Pre-Certification of Qualification

If you have more than five years of experience working in a trade-specific area from outside of Canada or within Canada, you may want to pursue challenging your Certificate of Qualification. For more information on Trade Equivalency Assessments contact the Ontario Colleges of Trades at 1-855-299-0028 or email at Many Ontario colleges offer pre-certification courses in a variety of trade areas that assist you in preparing to write or re-write your certification exam. These also serve as excellent refresher courses.

For more information on part-time pre-certification programs to assist you in preparing for the Certificate of Qualification examination, check out the Conestoga College Continuing Education offerings at or contact 519-824-9390 ext 6148.

Exemption Testing

Program Courses

Course Details (1445)

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Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ATST1010 Academic Upgrading

Description: This course will prepare students for entry into trades and apprenticeship. Students will learn and apply problem-solving strategies, reasoning skills, and mathematical concepts and procedures to solve problems to improve mathematical and communication skills. Relevant topics will be selected for each student from within the major categories of pre-algebra, algebra, measurement, data analysis and geometry/trigonometry. This course will also enable students to strengthen their communication skills in workplace reading and writing.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4

Description: Students will receive training on computer operating systems (Windows), as well as training on basic word processing and spreadsheets.
Hours: 26
Credits: 2

Description: This course will review safe working practices and procedures, and hazard awareness relevant to working with electricity. The application, scope, terms, rules, tables, and appendixes of the electrical code book will also be covered.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

Description: This course will cover the basics of electrical theory, electrical motors, and electrical controls. Topics will include quantities (watts, volts, amps, ohms), circuit characteristics, AC versus DC, magnetism/ electromagnetism, interpretation of schematics and wiring diagrams, trade symbol usage, A/C and D/C motor types, motor parts and components.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2

Description: This course is designed to give students experience building and troubleshooting electrical circuits with an emphasis on safety. The student will develop hands-on skills and be taught best practices when wire cutting, wire stripping, wire termination, installation methods, and using appropriate test equipment. Practical projects will focus on industrial motors and control circuits.
Hours: 40
Credits: 2

Description: Students will prepare to enter the job market and will be given the opportunity explore a variety of workplaces in this course. Life-long career planning strategies will be the focus including networking, interview and researching skills; developing a personalized resume and cover letter; and understanding current labour market information. They will also develop and enhance skills in teamwork, decision making and goal setting. A variety of workplace tours will be included to increase their knowledge of the trade and industry.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3

Description: This course is an applications oriented mathematics course in which the student utilizes arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry and geometry to solve trade related problems. This course is designed to develop a proficiency in trade mathematics necessary for subsequent courses.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

Description: Students will develop knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, and fire/electrical/chemical hazards. Students will also develop skills in the selection, safe use and care of cutting and non-cutting tools and in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

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Courses Level 2 DRWG1480 Drawings And Schematics I

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the ability to read and interpret engineering drawings and schematics.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

Description: This course introduces the student to the basic knowledge of electrical and electronic theory, electrical components and circuits, electrical safety and application.
Hours: 16
Credits: 1

Description: This course will develop in the apprentice, knowledge of safety legislation, lock-out and isolation procedures, protective clothing and equipment, confined space procedures, housekeeping rules, fire, electrical and chemical hazards. Also, skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as units of measurement used in the trade, and skill in the use of measuring devices.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of the principles of cutting and the relationship between speeds and feeds during the various machining operations.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

Description: This course is to develop in the apprentice knowledge of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, basic heat treatment procedures, and knowledge and applications of fasteners. Also skill in the selection, safe use and care of the cutting and non-cutting tools used in the trade; as well as types, properties and applications of lubricants.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

Description: To develop in the apprentice, the knowledge of correct lifting and hoisting procedures and the safe use of all equipment
Hours: 24
Credits: 2

Description: This level I course will develop in the apprentice, knowledge and ability to set up and operate oxy-fuel and arc welding equipment to weld, braze, solder and cut safely, and to specifications. The course is delivered as 25% theory and 75% hands-on skills training using the Oxy-Fuel Gas (OFW) and Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW or “stick”) processes.
Hours: 32
Credits: 2

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Courses Level 3 FPLT1140 Field Placement (Pre-Apprenticeship Millwright and Electrical)

Description: Students will participate in on-the-job training using the apprenticeship training standards for the respective trade. The student will apply the skills taught in the in-school portion of the program and will demonstrate effective work habits, time management and organizational skills.
Hours: 280
Credits: 10

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic applicants must first meet with the program contact for an interview before submitting an application. The program contact will review your documentation and provide assistance in completing a Conestoga College Program Application Form.
Please Contact:

Kristen Goetz
519-885-0300 ext 5484

Apprenticeship Registration

Before registering as an apprenticeship you must:

  • Find an employer
  • Request registration from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
  • Confirm your seat with Conestoga once you have received your offer of classroom training from the Ministry
  • Pay the appropriate classroom fee

Registration for the in-school training portion is on a first-come, first-served basis. All apprentices in Ontario are required to be a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Trades. Visit Employment Ontario’s Start an apprenticeship website for more details. If you have questions pertaining to the in-school training portion, call Conestoga at 519-748-5220 ext. 3382.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

Работа электриком в Канаде

Электрик устанавливает, настраивает и обслуживает электрические устройства и механизмы. Это одна из самых востребованных в мире профессий.

Лучшие способы найти работу электриком в Канаде:

  1. Лично пообщаться с другими электриками (так называемый нетворкинг);
  2. Позвонить в компании, занимающиеся электротехническими работами;
  3. Посмотреть вакансии на сайте Craigslist, раздел Jobs -> Skilled trade / craft
  4. Исследовать сайт своего локального IBEW (для состоящих в профсоюзе)

Зачем состоять в профсоюзе

Многие компании состоят в IBEW — International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Международном Братстве Электриков. Это означает, что они могут нанимать только тех работников, которые являются его членами. Для каждой местности существует свой филиал: например, IBEW #213 обслуживает всю юго-западную часть Британской Колумбии за исключением острова Ванкувер. Если человек желает освоить профессию «с нуля», то профсоюз может предложить пятилетнюю программу ученичества — apprenticeship, по завершении которой выдаётся сертификат Red Seal. Стоит отметить, что ученики получают неплохую зарплату — 15-20 долларов в час.

Как получить лицензию

Как стать обладателем Red Seal, если вы уже имеете значительный стаж работы электриком на родине? Многие колледжи проводят соответствующие курсы, с помощью которых можно подготовиться к сдаче экзаменов на знание канадских стандартов. Шестинедельная программа для иностранных резидентов стоит от полутора до двух тысяч долларов, не включая стоимость учебной литературы и дополнительных сборов, а постоянному жителю Канады учёба обойдётся примерно в 2.5 раза дешевле. На занятиях студенты изучают книгу «Canadian Construction and Maintenance Exam: Certificate of Qualification Exam Preparation». Канадский «Electrical Code» (аналог наших ПУЭ) толщиной с телефонный справочник, состоит из 86 разделов, в которых следует бегло ориентироваться. Также очень важно назубок знать канадскую терминологию.

Чтобы получить направление на экзамен без пятилетнего «хождения в учениках», ваш российский работодатель должен заполнить специальную форму, где будет указано количество часов, отработанных по специальности. Проще сделать это заранее, до отбытия в Канаду. Далее канадский экзаменационный орган после получения подтверждения сведений от иностранной организации назначит дату теста. Успешно сдадите — станете сертифицированным канадским специалистом, поздравляем!


Red Seal открывает дорогу к высокому доходу: в среднем электрик в Канаде зарабатывает $29 в час. Зарплата ученика начинается от $16, а лучшие специалисты получают от $41. К тому же, в этой профессии нередки переработки, которые оплачиваются по увеличенной ставке.

Construction and Maintenance Electrician Pre-Apprentice Program

The Construction and Maintenance Electrician Pre-Apprentice Program at the Skilled Trades College of Canada was designed to give students the right mix of theoretical and hands-on training methodology to make them successful apprentices. Electricians are tradespeople who specialize in designing, installing, and maintaining electrical systems. Electricians have many duties such as planning projects, installing new or upgrading old systems, wiring, receptacles, lighting fixtures, and much more. Our graduates will receive the necessary skills, safety training, and hands-on practice needed to make them the most sought-after electrical apprentices in their field.

With our Construction and Maintenance Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship program, you’ll learn practical skills including laying out, assembling, installing, connecting, testing and repairing electrical systems. You’ll learn, installation of various electrical devices, measuring, cutting, bending, assembling, installing various conduits, troubleshooting and diagnosing faulty electrical components. You’ll learn various electrical setups in our shop to simulate residential and commercial layout projects – and so much more.

Is the Path to Apprenticeship Right for You?

Academy Canada is amongst the two largest providers of Apprenticeship training in the province.

We are proud to be one of only two accredited local trainers in each of the ten dominant trades, including Automotive Service Technician, Cook, Construction/Industrial Electrician, Hairstylist, Insulator (Heat & Frost), Motor Vehicle Auto Body Repairer, Plumber, Steamfitter/Pipefitter and Welder.

While a detailed overview can found on the Government website, Apprenticeship is best be described as a formal training system that combines on-the-job and in-school training to produce qualified and certified journeypersons. Individuals who want to work in one of the noted professions progress through a series of stages to gain experience and earn greater responsibility/credentials. The ultimate goal is to write a national certification exam that leads to Journeyperson status.

There are a couple of ways to progress through the Apprenticeship system – depending upon the level of experience you already have in the occupation. On this page we describe the process if you have minimal or no experience and are looking to “break into” the profession. The steps you’d follow are:

  1. Understand your aptitudes and career goals.
  2. Investigate each career path and select a trade you would like to enter.
  3. Apply to the program of choice at Academy Canada and gain admission into the Entry-Level program.
  4. Study hard. Most programs are approximately 9 months* with 30 hours of class/week. Most days are divided equally between classroom and shop work to reinforce learning.
  5. Graduate from the Entry Level program.
  6. Get your first job working under the supervision of a Journeyperson.
  7. Register with the Government Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division and get a Logbook (for your hours).
  8. Track your hours in the Logbook and regularly report them to the Government Apprenticeship and Trades Certification Division.
  9. As hours accumulate you will be offered opportunities to do several 8 week Advanced Blocks of specialized training (full cost paid by government). As you complete each you will advance to a second, third or fourth year apprentice. These promotions typically come with pay increases. Number of blocks required varies by trade.
  10. Once all blocks are completed, write your Interprovincial (Journeyperson) exam. It is a national multiple-choice test that is administered by government officials.
  11. Once Interprovincial exam is passed you are a full Journeyperson and have a credential that is recognized and respected around the world. Congratulations!

*The Insulator (Heat & Frost) program is 17 weeks.

Apprenticeship Terminology

We recognize that some of the Apprenticeship terminology used can be confusing. A summary of key terms can be found below:

ATCD: Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Division of the provincial Government. It is a part of the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

PACB: Provincial Apprenticeship and Certification Board – a government-appointed board of experts that sets apprenticeship policies, ensures advisory and examination committees are established and maintained, accredit apprenticeship programs and designate occupations for training/certification. Note: Academy Canada Director James Loder served as a PACB Director for several years.

APO: Apprenticeship Program Officer – government officials who work to support apprentices complete their program.

Apprentice: A person who works in a trade and has a written agreement with an employer and ATCD. An apprentice learns the knowledge, skills, tools and materials of the trade through on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified journeyperson of the same trade and through in-school technical training.

Certified Journeyperson: Formally certified tradespersons whose combined work experience and in-school training (if applicable) have allowed them to master all of the required skills as set by industry. A journeyperson’s certification must be verified by ATCD before they are allowed to mentor an apprentice and sign off on skills acquired on the job.

Certificate of Qualification: A Certificate of Qualification verifies that a tradesperson has mastered all of the required skills set by industry, has met the criteria for that trade and has successfully completed the Provincial/Interprovincial examination.

Post-Secondary Training Provider: A college, like Academy Canada, that is licensed and certified to offer apprenticeship training.

Entry-Level Training: Entry-level programs are offered by post-secondary training institutions (like Academy Canada) and provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge in specific trades areas. Most programs involve formal, institution-based instruction lasting approximately 9 months (although some are shorter). Entry-level students are NOT apprentices. Upon successful completion of an entry-level program, graduates who find appropriate employment may become registered apprentices. Their entry-level program will be reviewed by an APO and the hours completed during their program may be credited towards an apprenticeship.

Advanced (Block/Level) Training: Block/Level Training is a period of in-school training with an established set of hours per block/level that every registered apprentice must attend if it is a requirement of their particular trade. Block/Level training is scheduled for the apprentice by the APO once an apprentice acquires a specific number of employment hours. An applicant registering as an apprentice after completing an entry-level program (pre-employment) will receive credit for block 1/level 1 and progress to the next block/level of training. If the entry-level program (pre-employment) has not been completed upon registration as an apprentice, block 1/level 1 will have to be completed prior to the next block/level of training being arranged.

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«When I started with PAT Institute I was driving 1 1/2 from Goderich then 1 hour from London. Even though the drive was far I kept coming every day because the Instructor took the time to answer all my questions. He would stay after class to help me with projects.»

Sean — Project Manager

Marcomm Integrated Business Solutions

«We have been hiring PAT graduates for almost ten years and we have had some great success. Graduates from PAT come in very knowledgeable and with practical experience allowing for a quicker integration into our workforce.»

Appliance Service Technician Graduate

«Best course I have ever taken. Peter is the best teacher I’ve ever met that’s already working in the field. He’s always there if you have questions , would definitely recommend this course.»

Network Cabling Graduate

«Pre-Apprenticeship Training helped me to achieve a lead tech position in 4 days, with no previous work experience in the field. The skills I learned was exactly what I needed»

Combined Appliance and Domestic Appliance Graduate

«It has been a distinct honor and privilege to have been a student at PAT. I enrolled in the CADA program under the tutelage of Mr. Peter Tsiligiannis, whose knowledge, solid industry experience and ability to transfer his wealth of knowledge and wisdom to us, is inspirational and appreciated. The practical hands on procedures attained are paramount as it has allowed me to easily and confidently segue into the CADA work field.»

Combined Appliance and Domestic Appliance Graduate

«The appliance program is great! We learned alot about all kinds of appliances and quite a bit about other trades as well. I would definetly recommend the program to anyone that is good with their hands, tools, customer relations, and of course their brain!

(HVAC & Gas Graduate)

«During my time with PAT Institute taking the HVAC/Gas program I learned the basics of the HVAC trade, from how to do sheet metal, piping and basics of electrical. This helped me greatly when I found a job in the field as I had become familiar with the fundamentals in school. I found that the teachers are always very informative and always willing to answers questions you may have. I have now been in the field for 2 months and am extremely happy about where I am now. None of this would have been possible without PAT Institute or its’ teachers. Thank you PAT Institute.»

Combined Electrician and Network Cabling Student

«Great career experience»

Network Cabling Graduate

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Construction and Maintenance Electrician Graduate

«It was a rewarding experience and I learned a lot about the industry and trade.»

Combined Electrician and Network Cabling Graduate

«Great experience, hands on opportunities that help shape the future.»

Combined Network Cabling and Electrician Student

«After spending years in online advertising I decided to change my future with a career in trades. I found several schools but the PAT Institute had the best combination of theory and practice education.»

«A rewarding opportunity that has given me experience and knowledge to pave the way for a fulfilling career in a skilled trade.»

Network Cabling Student

«Prior to coming to this school I had no idea as to what I was going to pursue as a career. Ever since attending this school I’ve learned so much about the industry and myself. I had no idea what network cabling was but now I have made it into a passion that I will get to utilize for the rest of my career.»

Apprenticeships and Trades

SAIT is renowned for providing a first-class education in a variety of trades. Classes combine the formal instruction and hands-on technical training needed, to start working towards becoming a qualified journeyperson in any one of more than 30 trades.

Whether you’re a registered apprentice or looking to become one, we have the program for you.

Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT)

Room TF241, Thomas Riley Building, SAIT Main Campus

How We Work

Apprentices attend classes to gain knowledge and skills they then apply to work in their field through a contract with an employer and under the supervision of a certified journeyperson.

Most of the apprenticeship training is done on the job with only a small amount of formal instruction in the classroom — about three to 12 weeks, depending on the trade.

Apprenticeship training is mandatory to get trade credentials and become a certified journeyperson. Those who have been certified can work their trade in Alberta or elsewhere in Canada after passing a Red Seal exam.

Qantas Apprenticeship Program

We’ll work together to create your career one experience at a time.

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About us

Qantas Engineering offers a variety of exciting apprenticeships in aircraft maintenance and other trades. We’ll offer you the opportunity to train and gain experience in a world class organisation with first class facilities, and become a qualified and highly trained tradesperson.

We offer a variety of apprenticeships at our Brisbane and other airport maintenance facilities. Opportunities, including which trades are available, differ from year to year.

It’s important to familiarise yourself with our apprenticeships and recruitment process as you’ll only be able to apply for one trade (exceptions may apply from time to time). Spend a few minutes reading the information below to ensure you make the right decision with your application.

Aircraft trades

Are you someone who enjoys working with electronics, scientifically minded or enjoys creating devices that rely on electronic energy to operate? As an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Avionics — you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the electronic components of an aircraft. These include:

  • electrical power systems
  • aircraft Instrument systems
  • autopilot systems
  • navigation systems
  • communication systems
  • general electrical systems
  • general indicating systems
  • associated electronic systems.

Perhaps you are someone who is mechanically minded and fascinated by how and why things move. You might enjoy building or restoring mechanical devices or are mathematically minded with an interest in physics. As an AME Mechanical you will be responsible for the inspection, troubleshooting, maintenance and overhaul of the mechanical components of an aircraft. These include:

  • aircraft engine systems
  • aircraft structures
  • landing gears, wheels and brakes systems
  • hydraulic/pneumatic systems
  • flight control systems
  • environment control systems.

Do you want to be involved in a design and craft role where you are designing and building things from scratch? The Structures trade is highly specialised involving the use of high tech materials and processes. This includes the manufacture, repair and modification of aircraft sheet and metal composites including fibreglass and carbon fibre materials.

Online Residential Electrician Training Program

  • DEAC Accredited
  • Self-Paced
  • Supportive
  • Low monthly payments

Program Overview

You can earn your Residential Electrician Career Diploma in as little as one year. In this online Residential Electrician Career Diploma training program, you can learn to install and repair home electrical systems in courses that cover topics like conductors, multimeters, circuit analysis, transformers, and much more. This program complies with the latest version of the Canadian Electrical Code.®

With ICS Canada’s online Residential Electrician training program you can enjoy the convenience of training at home and at a pace that’s right for you. You will develop skills that can help you take the first step towards a new career, and can further put those skills to practice through the Work Experience Option portion of the course.¹

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

To provide students with a practical working knowledge of electrical wiring and the maintenance of electrical equipment for the residential and light commercial construction field.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize formulas and their applications to determine quantities and sizes of materials required and their installation processes
  • Compute measurement methods and mathematical processes necessary for the preparation and implementation of electrical related projects
  • Recognize regulations and procedures related to workplace safety
  • Comprehend the principles of interpreting basic electrical blueprints and technical drawings to follow the required specifications of electrical projects
  • Understand the composition and usage of materials and processes required for electrical system installations and repairs
  • Identify procedures for evaluating and diagnostic testing of electrical components and circuits
  • Provide students with an understanding of the Canadian Electrical Code

Instruction Set 1

In this course, you’ll learn the advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; and preparing for and taking examinations.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand how to use your student portal.
  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner

In this course, you’ll get a general overview of the skills and knowledge required of a residential electrician. You’ll learn about the job opportunities for electricians; basic electrical terms and concepts such as power, voltage, and current; and how power is supplied to and throughout a residence. Then, you’ll discover how both AC and DC circuits are formed and how to calculate the power supplied through these circuits. Finally, you’ll learn the math needed to perform electrical measurements, calculations, and conversions.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Define an electrician’s role and how to get started in the electrical field
  • Describe the nature of electricity
  • Explain circuits and Ohm’s Law
  • Define alternating current
  • Summarize how to use basic math operations for trade professions

Instruction Set 2

In this course, you’ll study the major electrical classifications and describe the job functions associated with each. You’ll also find out about the hand tools you’ll use as an electrician.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how to work safely with electricity
  • List the various tools an electrician uses
  • Describe how to use a multimeter

Instruction Set 3

Schematic diagrams and blueprints are vital for both the planning and installation phases of a residential electrician’s work. Understanding the wiring job in full allows an electrician to be prepared and complete the job efficiently. In this course, you’ll discover how schematics and blueprints are prepared. You’ll also learn to read schematics and diagrams and to trace wiring diagrams for motor controls.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Analyze electrical drawings, block diagrams, wiring diagrams, and electrical schematic diagrams
  • Analyze electrical blueprints, logic controller diagrams, and wiring plans for residential and light commercial applications

Instruction Set 4

In this course, you’ll learn to identify the physical and electrical properties and characteristics of conductors. You’ll also learn about the types and characteristics of conduit. Both of these areas of knowledge are essential for any wiring job you’ll work on throughout your entire career. Many of the skills you’ll learn later on in your program build on these basic fundamentals.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe how to select and install various types of conductors, wires, and cables
  • Identify how to install various types of conduit fittings and supports

Instruction Set 5

In this course, you’ll study several common types of wiring equipment. You’ll also learn to identify various types of control devices, including hand-operated switches, automatic switches, magnetically controlled devices, and remote-control systems.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain how to install various types of control and protective devices
  • Describe several common types of wiring equipment, electrical fittings, and boxes, cabinets, and panels

Instruction Set 6

In this course, you’ll learn to identify and understand common wiring terms and symbols and to use diagrams and plans to connect branch circuits. You’ll also learn about transformers and how they’re used to transmit electrical power. Then, you’ll study how to connect electrical equipment and conductors to wire new circuits. Finally, you’ll apply what you learned about wiring new circuits to old work. You’ll also discover how electricians use circuit measurement techniques to troubleshoot problems.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the types and requirements of different circuits used for specific applications
  • Explain the uses, operations, and types of transformers
  • Describe how to install various electrical components in new work
  • Describe how to install various electrical components in existing structures and how to update old work

Instruction Set 7

In this course, you’ll gain an understanding of different heating sources and some of the benefits of electric heating. You’ll also discover the function of common components within a building’s HVAC system, a pneumatic automatic control system, and an electric automatic control system.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Explain the fundamentals, uses, and control mechanisms of electric heating
  • Describe the functions and components of air conditioning systems

Instruction Set 8

This course is designed to teach you how to use the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1 (CEC, Part 1) as a practical tool to ensure your work complies with the CEC’s codes. Engineers, designers, and technicians actually installing systems and components need to comply with the CEC. It’s important to think of the CEC as a tool in your collection, something you’ll need and use as often as cutting pliers and wire strippers. You should always have this tool close at hand, so there’s no need to try and memorize the CEC. This course will teach you how to use and interpret the CEC so you can be sure your work complies with code.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe how to use the CEC to find wiring codes for residential applications
  • Summarize the CEC codes regarding load calculations, electrical service, and conductors
  • Explain the CEC Articles pertaining to grounding, bonding, wiring, and raceways
  • Summarize the CEC codes related to equipment, including switching devices, panelboards, fixtures, and appliances

Instruction Set 9

In this course, you’ll learn about the concept of troubleshooting and the methods of approach applied in troubleshooting. These troubleshooting techniques will apply all of the skills learned throughout your program. Then, you’ll learn about a potential career path for residential electricians—starting your own business. This course covers the important considerations of starting an electrical contracting business, including the advantages, disadvantages, skills required, and finances.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • List the methods of approach and steps to electrical troubleshooting
  • Identify the considerations involved in starting an electrical contracting business

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your course work.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instructions.
Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

Sample Lesson

To view a Residential Electrician sample lesson, click here.

Residential Electrician Training Program Details

In ICS Canada’s Residential Electrician program, you’ll receive training on:

  • Tools and electrical equipment
  • Conduit work and conductors
  • Wiring electrical components
  • Schematic drawings and transformers
  • Canadian Electrical Code²

Here are a few qualities that successful residential electricians have in common:

  • Patient: Repairing or installing electrical units is a step-by-step process that can take time.
  • Problem solver: Finding the missing piece can be challenging and fun.
  • Persistent: You will work hard until you can successfully solve the problem at hand.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and check things twice.
  • Cautious: Being cautious helps prevent accidents or injury.
  • Reliable: Clients can rely on you to work hard and perform consistently.

«I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying.»

— Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

«I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team.»

— Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

¹ Every province/territory has its own apprenticeship requirements in certain trade and technical areas. In a particular field, it may be necessary for the graduate to complete an apprenticeship before he/she is qualified to practice in their field.

² In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS Canada has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework. To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.

Which Electrical Apprenticeship Program is right for you?

Last updated on April 15th, 2020 at 01:38 pm.

If you’re looking for a change in careers then choosing the right electrical apprenticeship program is very important. Electrical apprenticeships are a great way for you to earn as you learn, but getting into an apprenticeship may have its challenges.

For starters, you first need to know about which training program you’re interesting in joining.

Do yourself a favor and and don’t rush into a decision. You should understand fully what each program offers and how it can benefit you.

Here’s a review of electrical apprenticeship programs offered by the IBEW and IEC. Not every apprenticeship offers all the programs – they may just focus on one.

IBEW Electrical Apprenticeship Programs

Inside Wireman Apprenticeship – 5-Year Program

The inside wireman works on any multi-family dwelling (apartments), commercial, or industrial buildings. Apprentices work under the direct supervision of a licensed journeyman wireman.

An inside wireman, also known as a journeyman electrician installs electrical distributions centers, panel boards, side panels, conduit systems, motor controls, lighting, fire alarms, generators, and temporary wiring.

Students will receive training in:

  • AC and DC theory
  • Electrical systems
  • Wiring methods
  • Conduit bending
  • Transformers
  • Generators
  • Motors and controls

Apprentices will receive a minimum of 200 hours of classroom instruction per year. Plus, additional credits are approved Associate Degree classes may be completed prior to graduation.

Residential Trainee – 2-Year Program

The trainee works under the direct supervision of a residential wireman. This type of work pertains to wiring of homes and small apartment houses under three stories which includes electrical service, installation of romex and boxes, hook-up of ranges and other major appliances, receptacles, switches, lighting, electrical heat, heat pumps, etc. All trainees must attend a minimum of 200 hours of related classroom instruction per year.

Sound and Communication – 3-Year Program

A sound and comm technician installs, tests, maintains, and repairs low-voltage systems in commercial and industrial areas. This apprenticeship program is a three years long with over 400 hours of classroom, lab with hands-on training, and over 4,000 hours of on-the-job training.

Some programs also offer college credit that counts towards an associate degree from local community colleges as well.

Apprentices work under a licensed or certified Sound and Communication Technician. Some of the low voltage systems technicians work with are:

  • Fiber Optic Networks
  • Security Installations
  • Voice Data Video Technology
  • Audio/Video Systems
  • Fire and Life Safety Systems

First year apprentices study topics such as: OSHA safety, structured cabling, telecommunications, basic cabling, fiber optics, the metric system, the National Electric Code, DC theory, wiring devices, instruments, and electrical industry terms.

The second year and third year classes include AC theory, fire alarm systems, grounding and bonding, wiring methods, communication circuits, security systems, audio and video theory, closed circuit television, and fire and life safety systems.

IEC Electrical Apprenticeship Programs

All apprenticeship programs that cater to the electrical trade have a few basic requirements.

The first being that you must be at least 18 years old. If you haven’t met this basic requirement then now is the time research more about the trade you’re interested in joining.

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» data-medium-file=»″ data-large-file=»″ />All apprenticeship programs require that you have have either a high school diploma or a GED. If you don’t have your high school diploma then you’ll need to look at obtaining your GED.

There are online resources that help you prepare for taking your GED exam. But be wary of online exams that claim to offer GED certificates. Many of these offer fake credentials upon completion and only take advantage of your willingness to pay.

You’ll need to search for testing centers in your area. Contact your local community college for more information.

If you’re looking to join an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) apprenticeship program, they have an additional requirement. Successful completion of high school algebra or post high school algebra course is required to join their apprenticeship. For more information about the IBEW apprenticeship program click here .

The International Electrical Contractors (IEC) apprenticeship does not have the algebra requirement listed under their basic requirements. However, they do require that you take a math placement test before joining. To help prepare yourself check out the Khan Academy’s algebra 1 course to help brush up on your skills. For more information about the IEC apprenticeship program click here .

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