Electrician Foundation Trades Training

Elec 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.

If a student is just starting training, or has been unable to secure employ­ment in industry as an Electrician, enrolling in a Foundation Trades Training program is a viable option prior to entering into an Apprenticeship.

The Electrician Foundation 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. The Electrician Foundation program includes a practicum course of 60 hours.  Upon successful completion of the Foundation 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: February

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 ENGL040 (Advanced/Grade 11);
  • Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus 11), or Career and College Preparation MATH040 (Advanced/Grade 11); and
  • Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (C+) 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
  • Mechanical Reasoning: 51/70 (6th Stanine) or higher
  • Trades Math Assessment: 70 per cent or higher

Dual Credit

  • Grade 11 level completion that includes Grade 11 English, Grade 11 Math (Pre-Calculus), and Grade 11 Physics (or equivalent), all with 67 per cent (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 from an approved source, and valid for the term of the Program. Failure to provide proof may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Students must provide safety equipment, including footwear having CSA safety-toe protection and CSA safety glasses with clear lenses.
  3. The program is affiliated with the Industry Training Authority.
  4. 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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Associate Dean: Robert McAleney

Program Instructor: Andrew Amboe