Certificate in Electrician Foundation Trades

Program Description

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

An electrician lays out, installs, tests, troubleshoots, and repairs electrical systems which provide lights, heat, communications, and power to a variety of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial structures.  With advances in technology, the work of the electrician is changing, as today's wired environment requires electricians to be able 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, which requires electricians to have a greater knowledge of electronic systems.


Location: Fort St. John Campus

Length: 20 weeks / 600 hours

Start: Refer to the Trades Schedule

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

Admission Prerequisites

Math – one of the following:
Pre-Calculus Math 11 or 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:
Language Arts 11 Courses – 4 credits earned, minimum individual grade of C+, or equivalent.
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:
Grade 11 Physics or 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
and the NLC Trades Math Assessment with a score of 70% 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. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority and School Districts 59, 60, 81 and 87.
  4.  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).
  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. 

APPLY NOW for the Electrician Foundation program

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