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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.

Apprentices beginning Level 1 after December 1, 2018 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program. Please see the Harmonized Electrical Apprenticeship section below for further information.

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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 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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Harmonized Electrical Apprenticeship

New Electrical Apprentices starting the program after December 1, 2018 will be required to complete their levels in the harmonized program.

Harmonized structure: Level 1, 2, 3 are common to Electrical and Industrial Electrician. Level 4 apprentices will be registered into their specific trade: Electrical (CE) or Industrial Electrical (IE)

Harmonized apprentice levels will be regularly scheduled as follows:

  • Level 1 intakes offered after December 1, 2018
  • Level 2 intakes offered after December 1, 2018
  • Level 3 intakes offered after December 1, 2019
  • Level 4 intakes offered after December 1, 2020

Current Electrical Apprentices will have the following options to complete their training:

Option 1: Complete the current program

Apprentices that began their training prior to December 2018 are encouraged to complete each level of training in their current stream as follows:

  • Level 2 by November 30, 2018
  • Level 3 by November 30, 2019
  • Level 4 by November 30, 2020

If you try to register for and the level is unavailable please ask the Apprentice Services Customer Service Representative to add your contact information to the interests list to be notified when additional intakes become available.

Option 2: Transition from the current stream to the harmonized stream

Current apprentices that need to transition to the new program will need to complete GAP training in order to enter the new stream. Additional training is required to address the gaps in program content as follows:

  • Transition from current Level 1 to harmonized Level 2 after December 1, 2018 – 10 hours of GAP training will be required
  • Transition from current Level 2 to harmonized Level 3 after December 1, 2019 – 30 hours of GAP training is required

Transition from current Level 3 to harmonized Level 4 after December 1, 2020 – GAP training to be determined/p

Check the Apprenticeship Training Schedules to see available training dates.

Program Entry


There are two ways of beginning your new career as an electrical apprentice:

  1. Take our Electrical Foundation program. By working through a series of practical projects, practical assignments, and theory assignments you'll build a solid foundation of knowledge and skill to make you more employable in an entry-level position. By successfully completing the program, you will also receive credit for the in-school portion of Level 1 of our Electrical Apprenticeship training.
  2. Find employment under an electrician who will register you with the Industry Training Authority (ITA). In this option, you are indentured to a company as an apprentice electrician, learning basic skills while you are employed. The advantage here is that you earn while you learn.

Entrance requirements

You must be an active apprentice registered with the Industry Training Authority to register for apprenticeship training at BCIT.

Recommended for success

High school graduation (within the last 5 years) with:

  • Principles of Math 11 or 12, Pre-Calculus 11 or 12, or equivalent
  • English 12, Communications 12 or English language proficiency
  • Physics 11 or 12
  • Demonstrated mechanical aptitude


Recent Electrical Foundation Program Graduation (ELTT within the last 5 years) from an ITA approved program.

Industry strongly recommends that apprentices considering attending Level 1 Construction Electrician technical training have at least one year of work-based training as an electrical apprentice before beginning their in-school technical training.

Apprentices should possess good health and the physical condition necessary to meet the demands of the 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.

International applicants

BCIT welcomes apprentice training requests from Canadian citizens and permanent residents only. View programs that accept international students

Scheduled intakes

Multiple start dates each year.

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

Register for apprentice training

Consult the training schedule to find a date that is suitable to both you and your employer. Please schedule each level of your technical training at least eight months apart to benefit most from your training.

Complete an Apprentice Training Request Form [PDF]* and submit by fax, mail or in person with a $200 commitment fee for each level that you choose. You may also register by phone at 604-456-8100

  • Apprentice Training Requests which do not include the $200 commitment fee per level will not be processed or held. There will be no follow up correspondence from BCIT.
  • The $200 commitment fee is non-refundable and non-transferable to future intakes.
  • Your commitment fee is applied to your tuition.

Apprentices must complete each level of apprentice training in sequential order. For example, apprentices must complete Level 1 before continuing on to Level 2.

*Apprentice Training Request Forms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Disclosure of personal information and privacy notice

BCIT Apprentice Services reserves the right to communicate with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) and your active employer sponsor about your registration, progress, and related academic information. BCIT also shares apprentice registration information with Work BC. If you have questions about the protection of your personal information, you may contact the BCIT Information Access and Privacy Office.

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Within two business days of submitting your apprentice training request, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your training request will be posted to your online myCommunication account at 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 training request within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

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

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 or 1430-2115, 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.


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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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 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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