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Note: To be eligible for apprenticeship training you must be registered as an apprentice. Go to the BCIT Apprenticeship website for more information.

Electricians install, construct, alter, repair, maintain, commission, test, service, calibrate, and operate related electrical and electronic systems in any premise, place, building or structure. They ensure that all electrical connections are safe and meet standards set by the electrical code.

Electricians may be employed by electrical contractors, maintenance departments of large institutions such as hospitals or industrial plants, or they may be self-employed.

Working conditions for construction electricians will vary depending upon the type and stage of the project. Electricians interpret architectural drawings and electrical code specifications at construction sites. Rough wiring is weather-dependent, and is completed before walls are in place. The indoor installation of electrical equipment follows later, and much electrical work is performed in a standing position, often in confined spaces. Physical risks involved include falling from a height or receiving an electrical shock.

Electricians who are employed by by heavy industry in the industrial sector, such as in pulp mills, mines and smelting operations, working with large electrical motors and massive power supplies. Some electricians specialize in restorative, insurance or retrofit work rather than new construction.

The electrician apprenticeship process requires time spent on the job and in school training. An electrician trainee must complete a four-year program, including 6,000 workplace hours and 1,200 in-school hours of training. After completion of training, a passing grade on the inter-provincial exam will result in the B.C. Certificate of Apprenticeship, B.C. Certificate of Qualification, and the Inter-provincial Standard Endorsement, also known as Red Seal.

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Program Entry

If you are registered with the Industry Training Authority, you can apply now to BCIT's Apprenticeship Studies program. Read more about BCIT's apprenticeship programs.

Entrance requirements

Note: Entrance Requirements are used as a guideline for success in this Apprenticeship program. They are recommended, not required.

Check for acceptable equivalent courses taught in BC high schools.

Applicants should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination. Potential students with medical or physical difficulties should contact the Disabilities Resource Centre to arrange an interview (telephone interview if out of town) with the Institute's rehabilitation specialist, 604-451-6963.

Please note: As this program is also offered in a high school setting applicants who will be attending this setting will be required to undergo a criminal record check. Applicants can contact their local police department to obtain the appropriate forms. Please be aware that the outcome of the criminal record check may influence your acceptability at this site.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for availability of upcoming intakes.


Within 2 weeks of submitting your training request, a letter will be mailed to your home address. This letter details information on how to sign on to myBCIT, your one stop shop for BCIT apprentice communication. myBCIT is where you will receive your training confirmation details.

Please see myCommunication for more information.

Costs & Supplies

Please visit the BCIT Bookstore to view the list of required books and supplies.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1 Modules - $95
Level 2 Modules - $85
Level 3 Modules - $95
Level 4 Modules - $112
(general estimated cost and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Income support for apprentices is provided by Human Resource Development Canada (HRDC) through regular Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility. For questions regarding Employment Insurance or Personal Support Payments, please visit the income support overview for current BCIT apprentices.


Class hours

0730-1430, Monday to Friday

Please refer to the Apprenticeship Training Schedule for class hours and availability of upcoming intakes.

Program matrix

Level 1
Module 1 Fundamentals
Module 2 DC Circuit Analysis
Module 3 Electromagnetism and Applications
Module 4 Meters and Test Equipment - Part 1
Module 5 Prints and Drawings
Module 6 AC Motor Controls - Part 1
Module 7 Electrical Code and Wiring - Part 1
Module 8 Industrial Power Electronics - Part 1
Level 2
Module 9 AC Fundamentals
Module 10 Meters and Test Equipment - Part 2
Module 11 Single Phase AC Circuit
Module 12 Circuit Protection Devices
Module 13 Single Phase Transformers
Module 14 AC Motor Controls - Part 2
Module 15 Lighting
Module 16 Industrial Power Electronics - Part 2
Module 17 Electrical Code and Wiring - Part 2
Level 3
Module 18 Three-Phase AC Circuits
Module 19 Three-Phase Transformers
Module 20 DC Machines and Controls
Module 21 AC Machines
Module 22 AC Motor Controls - Part 3
Module 23 Industrial Power Electronics - Part 3
Module 24 Electrical Code and Wiring - Part 3
Level 4
Module 25 Applied Trade Concepts
Module 26 Industrial Computing
Module 27 Digital Logic
Module 28 Programmable Logic Controllers
Module 29 High Voltage Installations
Module 30 Modern Building Systems
Module 31 Automated Control Systems
Module 32 Variable Speed Drives
Module 33 Electrical Control and Print Reading

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

The total amount of in-school, technical training for an electrical apprenticeship is 1,200 hours. The four levels of technical training consist of 10 weeks of full-time training each.


Minimum passing grade is 70 per cent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Satellite campus locations

DW Poppy Secondary School
23752 - 52 Avenue
Langley, BC

Princess Margaret Senior Secondary School
128th Street and 72nd Avenue
Surrey, BC

Garibaldi Secondary School
24789 Dewdney Trunk Road
Maple Ridge, BC

North Delta Secondary School
11447 82 Avenue
Delta, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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BCIT offers a Diploma of Trades Training for apprentices who have successfully completed their technical training at BCIT and have been granted a British Columbia Trades Qualification (IP/TQ). In trades where there is no requirement to complete a Trades Qualification (TQ), a Certificate of Apprenticeship is acceptable. Please see the BCIT apprenticeship training section of the website for more information.

Contact Us

BCIT Apprentice Services

For more information on this or other apprenticeship programs, tuition fees and when programs are offered, please contact BCIT Apprentice Services at:

Office Location: Building SW1, First Floor
Burnaby campus
Phone: 604-456-8100
1-800-667-0676 (BC)
Fax: 604-435-1197
On the web: bcit.ca/apprenticeship

The BCIT Apprentice Service can assist apprentices with their registration, tuition fee payments, and other details.

Anyone interested in registering as an apprentice can contact the Industry Training Authority (ITA) at 778-328-8700 or 1-866-660-6011 (BC). BCIT's Apprentice Services can also assist individuals interested in entering apprentice training.

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