Electrician Foundation Trades Training

Program Description

An Electrician lays out, installs, tests, troubleshoots and repairs electrical systems that provide light, heat, communication, and power to a variety of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

Today’s wired environment requires Electricians to install a variety of wiring such as data, audio, video, signaling, and communication cabling. Electrical control systems are also becoming more complex – often solid-state or computer controlled.

This program consists of Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship training.The program prepares students for entrance into the field of Electrician by providing them with the basic knowledge, skills and technical training that employers are seeking in new hires. Students will be exposed to substantial hands-on exercises that directly relate to the workplace and includes a practicum course of 60 hours.

Upon successful completion of the program, and a further 290 hours of work-based training, students may enter Level 2 Electrician Apprenticeship training.

Career Prospects

The three main settings in which Electricians typically work are:

  • Construction: Electricians work as part of a contractor’s team, on both residential and commercial construction projects, or as independent electrical contractors.
  • Industrial: Electricians are typically employed on staff at large-scale industrial facilities such as pulp mills, hydroelectric dams, and mining and smelting operations.
  • Institutional: Most large institutions such as hospitals, school boards, universities and other public facilities have at least one Electrician working as part of their maintenance department.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: 20 weeks / 600 hours

Start: Refer to the Trades Schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Provide British Columbia secondary school transcripts or equivalent indicating successful completion of Grade 11 level that includes:
• Grade 11 English, or Career and College Preparation ENGL 040 (Advanced/Grade 11) with C+ or higher;
• Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus 11), or Career and College Preparation MATH 040 (Advanced Algebraic Mathematics) with C+ or higher;
• Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), with C+ or higher.


ESTR 047 (Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with 67% or higher;


Complete the following sections of the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT):
•           Reading Comprehension: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
•           Number Operations: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
•           Problem Solving: 12.0 grade equivalent or higher
•           An above average score (51/70; 6th Stanine) required for Mechanical Reasoning
•           A score of 70% or higher in the Electrical Math Assessment

Dual Credit  
• Grade 11 level completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus 11) and Grade 11 Physics with C+ or higher.

Post-Admission Requirements:
After being accepted into the program but before the Electrician Practicum (ELFT 150) begins, students will be required to provide proof of the following certifications:
• Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).|
• Occupational First Aid - Level 1
• H2S Alive
* All certificates must be valid for the duration of the Electrician Foundation Program. Failure to provide proof may result in suspension or removal from the program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including Safety glasses, Steel-toed boots, Gloves and Coveralls.
  3. All Students will sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Rules and Regulatory Practices for Students Policy.
  4. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and School Districts 59, 60, 81 and 87.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide.

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Do you need more information?
Contact trades@nlc.bc.ca