Electrician Foundation

Foundation Program
Also available as:
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 6 months or less
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Estimated at $3,200
START DATE: Spring 2024 - Spring 2025
  • In Class
Application Status

Applications still open.

Program dates:

Fall: Aug 6 2024 - Jan 31 2025
Spring: Feb 3 2024 - July 18 2025
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Are you interested in learning how your community is interconnected with electricity? Become an electrician beginning with this foundations program. As a electrician, you will perform critical duties in keeping our communities interconnected through the electrical grid. This 24-week certificate program can open up opportunities in several areas.


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

  • Mining

  • 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 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

  • Fundamentals of electricity and how it is electromagnetically induced
  • DC circuitry, resistance, and circuit analysis
  • Use of meters and test equipment
  • Read and interpret prints and drawings
  • Basic motor control and industrial power electronics
  • Interpretation and application of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC)

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.

Become an Apprentice

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.


Governing bodies

Electrician Foundation Courses

In the Electrician Foundation program, students will learn the skills to apply circuit concepts, perform safety related functions, use measuring and testing equipment, interpret plans, drawings and specifications, use the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), install and maintain consumer/supply services and metering equipment, install and maintain protection devices, install and maintain low voltage distribution systems, install and maintain bonding, grounding and ground fault detection systems, install and maintain raceways, cables and enclosures, install and maintain branch circuitry, install and maintain motor starters and controls, install and maintain communication systems, and use communications and mentoring techniques. Electrician Foundation is common core, which allows students to continue in the common core Electrician Apprenticeship levels 2 and 3. At the 4th and final level of Electrician, apprentices will choose either Construction Electrician Level 4 or Industrial Electrician Level 4 to complete their certification. To work in BC, electricians must be either certified in the trade or registered in a four-year apprenticeship program leading to certification.

Electrical Foundation: Program Outline


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.

Spring 2024 Prince George In Class 24 weeks
Fall 2024 Prince George In Class 24 weeks
Spring 2025 Prince George In Class 24 weeks

Entry Requirements

The admission requirements mentioned below are the minimum requirements.

  • English Language Arts 11 (Minimum “C”) or equivalent 
  • Foundations of Math 11 (Minimum “C”) or equivalent
  • Physics 11 (Minimum “C”) or equivalent

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.

CTC Option

High school students may be eligible to take this program. See your school counsellor for details.

Limited admission

If there is room in the program, you will be accepted once you have met all the admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted”. If you qualify after the program is full, you will be put on a wait list. 

Invest in your future

The estimated cost for this program is $3,200*.
  • Tuition: $2,071
  • Student fees: $658
  • Medical/Dental Fee (Fall semester only): $260
  • Tool Deposit: $200 (Refundable)   

*Please note these fees are for the FALL intake. 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.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial assistance to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities or trades training job board.