Spark a satisfying career as an electrician! The Electrical apprenticeship program will train you to become a skilled electrician, leading towards Red Seal certification (after successful program and work based training hours completion). CNC offers all four levels of technical training for both Construction and Industrial Electrician:
Level 1 (10 weeks) - Common Core
Level 2 (10 weeks) - Common Core
Level 3 (10 weeks) - Common Core
Level 4 (10 weeks) - Construction Electrician + Red Seal Exam
Level 4 (10 weeks) - Industrial Electrician + Red Seal Exam
*You may also receive credit for Level 1 by successfully completing the Electrical Foundation Program
Technical training must be completed in sequence. It is recommended to complete a full year of work based training hours between levels to best prepare for the next level of technical training.
Once you become an electrician, you will be able to work in almost every type of industry. You may be employed by electrical contractors, municipalities, institutions, industrial operations, become self-employed, manage, or own large electrical companies.
Industries in which electricians are critical include:
- Utility and Energy Companies
- Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Construction
- Manufacturing and Production
- Oil and Gas
- Institutional and Municipal Facilities
- Building and construction
- Industry (pulp mills, mining, utility companies)
- Institutional (hospitals, schools, municipal government)
What you will learn
In the Apprentice Electrical program you’ll learn the skills to assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring; control devices such as switches, relays, and circuit breaker panels; and you’ll splice, join, and connect wires to form circuits and more. Electricians use their skills in everything from lighting to climate control and communications systems. As well as learning the theory of electricity, the program includes many opportunities for hands on learning. This practical experience is invaluable for preparing you for the electrical trade.
About apprenticeship programs
Apprenticeship programs provide a unique approach to post-secondary education, combining classroom based learning (known as technical training) with on the job training. This enables you to “earn while you learn,” significantly reducing the need for student debt and building your career NOW instead of waiting until you’ve completed your education.
In addition to earning wages while learning on the job, many apprentices have their technical training paid for by their company, and/or qualify for Employment Insurance while in school. Additionally there are a number of grants and tax credits available to both apprentices and employers. Visit itabc.ca to learn more.
Red Seal electricians are certified to work across Canada, and may also have their credentials recognized internationally. Certified skilled tradespeople are in demand worldwide, leading to opportunities for international work experience or volunteer opportunities. Many tradespeople also are entrepreneurs, building businesses that may eventually employ others and give back to the local community.
A Red Seal trade can also be a stepping stone to further education, management positions, or even returning to college as an educator teaching the next generation of tradespeople.
Training dates & how to apply
For up to date technical training dates at CNC visit www.tradestrainingbc.ca.
To apply for any level of technical training at CNC visit: tools.cnc.bc.ca/applytrades.
To apply for your first level of technical training at CNC Quesnel call: 250-991-7500 or 1-866-680-7550.
Apprentice Electrical Courses
In the Electrical Apprenticeship program you'll learn the skills to assemble, install, test, troubleshoot and repair electrical wiring; control devices such as switches, relays, and circuit breaker panels; and you'll splice, join, and connect wires to form circuits and more. Electricians use their skills in everything from lighting to climate control and communications systems. Electricians work in a host of settings: construction, industrial facilities like pulp mills and mining, institutions like hospitals, electrical shops, hydroelectric dams, or in their own electrical firms.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
Visit Trades Training BC for the most up to date apprenticeship schedules.
||Level 1 (Harmonized) Oct 3, 2022 - Dec 9, 2022
||Level 1 (Harmonized) Mar 20, 2023 - May 26, 2023
||Level 2 (Harmonized) Jan 9, 2023 - Mar 17, 2023
||Level 2 (Harmonized) Mar 13, 2023 - May 19, 2023
||Level 3 (Harmonized) Oct 11, 2022 - Dec 16, 2022
||Level 3 (Harmonized) May 23, 2023 - July 28, 2023
||Level 4 (Harmonized) Jan 3, 2023 - Mar 10, 2023
The fine print
Once your employer has submitted an Apprentice and Sponsor Registration Form to ITA on your behalf you can apply to attend technical training at CNC. Many of our apprenticeship programs have waitlists so we encourage you to apply early.
ITA doesn’t require Electrical apprentices to have completed a required number of work-based-training hours to attend technical training. However, because apprenticeship programs are a unique blend of in-class and on-the-job training we encourage you to work with your employer to decide on a training schedule that best combines these two forms of training.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for apprenticeship technical training, you may be interested in the Foundation Program.
A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.
Invest in your future
View costs by level
Level 1 Tuition: $1,326.05-1,353.34
Level 2 Tuition: $1,326.05-1,353.34
Level 3 Tuition: $1,326.05-1,353.34
Level 4 Tuition: $1,326.05-1,353.34
These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.