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. The program consists of Foundation Trades Training and Level 1 Apprenticeship training. It exposes students to important hands-on exercises that directly relate to the workplace and include a practicum course of 60 hours.
Upon completing the program, and a further 290 hours of work-based training, students may enter Level 2 Electrician Apprenticeship training.
There is a wide range of career paths for electricians. Some of the kinds of work or areas of specialty that can be pursued after electrician training include but are not limited to the following: construction and maintenance work, industrial work, linework, communication systems, security and fire alarm systems, solar panel installation, wind turbine maintenance, marine and elevator repair.
Location: Fort St. John Campus
Length: 20 weeks / 600 hours
Fees: Current Fee Schedule
Math – one of the following:
BC Pre-Calculus Math 11 or BC Pre-Calculus Math 12 with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
MATH 040 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
English – one of the following:
BC Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
BC Language Arts 12 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
ENGL 040 or higher, with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
IELTS score of 5.5 overall with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English placement test and score.
Science – one of the following:
BC Physics Grade 11 or BC Grade 12 Physics with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
Physics 040 or higher with a minimum final grade of C+, or equivalent.
ESTR 047 (Advanced-Level Essential Skills for Trades) with a minimum final grade of 67%.
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
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.
- 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.
- Students must provide safety equipment, including Safety glasses, Steel-toed boots, Gloves and Coveralls.
- All Students will sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Rules and Regulatory Practices for Students Policy.
- The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and School Districts 59, 60, 81 and 87.
- Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements as listed on the NLC website (www.nlc.bc.ca/Services/Information-Technology/minPC).
- The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022) approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Completion Guide (effective Sept 2022). (Download a PDF of the current Program Completion Guide)
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