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Overview

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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Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

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.

Recommended for success

To be successful in this apprenticeship program, students are recommended to have the following:

  • High school graduation

  • English 12 or Communications 12 or English language proficiency

  • Academic Math 11 (60%)

  • Physics 11

  • Physical condition to meet the demands of work: good hearing, eyesight and hand/eye coordination. Apprentices with medical or physical difficulties should contact Accessibility Services to arrange an interview with the Institute’s rehabilitation specialist.

Check for acceptable equivalent courses taught in BC high schools.

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

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

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

Please visit the BCIT Bookstore to view the list of required 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.

Courses

Class hours

0730-1430 or 0730-1545, Monday to Friday

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

Program matrix

Level 1 (10 weeks) Credits
  AELX 1GAP Electrical Apprentice Level 1 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 20.0
 
Level 2 (10 weeks) Credits
  AELX 2GAP Electrical Apprentice Level 2 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 20.0
 
Level 3 (10 weeks) Credits
  AELX 3GAP Electrical Apprentice Level 3 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 20.0
 
Level 4 (10 weeks) Credits
  AELX 4GAP Electrical Apprentice Level 4 Final Grade - Harmonized Trade 20.0
 
Total Credits: 80.0

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 each consist of ten weeks of full-time training.

Grading

The minimum passing grade is 70 percent.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

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 2015-2017 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Credential

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

BCIT Apprentice Services 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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