Electricians are critical in keeping our communities interconnected through the electrical grid. This 24-week certificate program can open up opportunities in several areas:
This foundation program will provide entry level practical skills and academic knowledge to prepare you to begin the apprenticeship pathway as either a Construction Electrician or an Industrial Electrician. You do not need an employer sponsor to participate. In fact, one of the main reasons to complete a foundation program is to gain experience and familiarity with the trade, giving you a competitive advantage to finding an employer to hire you as their apprentice.
The Electrical Foundation program is unique in that it provides core training for two Red Seal trades, allowing you to later specialize as either a Construction Electrician or an Industrial Electrician. There also is the opportunity to be dual Red Seal ticketed by completing the specialized 4th level training, and work based training hours, for both programs.
Upon successful completion of the foundation program, you will receive credit with the BC Industry Training Authority (ITA) for Level 1 technical training in Electrician, Common Core. Once you are officially registered as an apprentice with ITA, you will then be able to complete the work based training hours (on the job training) and higher levels of apprenticeship training for your chosen electrical trade.
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.
Electricians work in almost every type of industry. They 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:
In the Electrical Foundation 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.
In the Electrical Foundation program, studies are focused on direct current (DC) electricity. You will learn
The Electrical Foundation program is heavily focused on math and physics. Due to the nature of the CEC, its content will be covered daily (approximately 1 to 2 hours per day).
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.
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.
The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.
Students who do not meet the above requirements may wish to consult with a CNC counsellor/advisor to determine their eligibility on the basis of mature student status.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.
Students are encouraged to submit a resumé and handwritten statement indicating reasons for wishing to enter the program as well a complete a test of mechanical reasoning skills, and the College English/Math Achievement Test (EMAT). These items are included in the selection criteria listed below and will be awarded points.
If the program is over-subscribed, students will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below:
Maximum points available = 25
Note: High school graduation with English 12, Math 11 and Physics 11 (where applicable) is recommended and required by some employers in order to be indentured as an apprentice.
*Please note these fees are for the FALL intake.These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
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