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Electrical Foundation – Certificate

Program Details

Length: 6 months (24 weeks)

Total Credits: This program provides credit towards Red Seal Certification

Intake Terms: Fall, Winter

Campus: Silver King

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Certificate in Electrical Foundation, and credit for Level 1 Technical Training plus 350 Work-Based Training (WBT) hours towards completion of apprenticeship


Program Summary

This 24-week program will provide students, even those with little or no experience, the necessary skills to seek employment in the trades as an apprentice electrician.

The program teaches aspects of residential, commercial and industrial wiring with a focus on residential. The curriculum follows the Industry Training Authority (ITA), BC Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development guidelines for the first year of the “in class” component of the electrical apprenticeship, which includes installation of electrical equipment in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code.

Students engage in a variety of classroom, laboratory, and shop activities. Students learn theoretical principals of electricity in the classroom, test their knowledge in the laboratory, and apply their knowledge in the shop where they design, install and construct electrical power, lighting and control systems in compliance with provincial and national codes.

Students earn credit for the Level One technical training component of the electrical apprenticeship as well as advance credit for 350 work-based hours of the practical on-the-job component of an apprenticeship. Graduates of the Electrical Foundation program at Selkirk College typically find employment as electrical apprentices engaged in the installation and maintenance of electrical power, lighting, heating, control, alarm, data and communication systems in residential, commercial and industrial settings as well as numerous other related fields.

The program addresses the need to cultivate relevant skills such as teamwork, effective communications, problem solving, quality of workmanship and the ability to adapt to ever evolving workplace conditions.

Youth Train in Trades

It is designed to help secondary school students get a head start on careers in the trades while earning credit towards their high school graduation. Learn more online at Industry Training Authority (http://youth.itabc.ca/programs/train/)

For more information speak with your high school guidance counsellor or get in touch with Selkirk College’s Industry and Trades administrative assistant.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:

  • use safe work practices.
  • apply circuit concepts.
  • use test equipment.
  • read and interpret drawings and manuals.
  • install low voltage distribution systems.
  • install electrical equipment.
  • install control circuits and devices.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Graduation from a British Columbia Senior Secondary School or equivalent.
  • Pre-Calculus 11, or Selkirk ABE Math 50, with a minimum of 60% or better.
  • Consideration will be given to mature individuals (19 years or older) who are not senior secondary school graduates, provided they are working to complete the recommended education:
          - Grade 11 or equivalent including English 11, Mathematics 11
          - Grade 12 preferred
  • All applicants are required to complete a computerized placement test using the College Readiness Tool (CRT) in reading, writing and mathematics once they have submitted their application.
  • Employers may require higher level of Math as part of their hiring policies

Additional Requirements

  • A refundable tool deposit of $100 will be required at the start of the program.
  • Physically fit, (mobility/lifting) good manual dexterity, hand-eye coordination, balance, work at heights & in adverse weather.
  • Basic computer are skills highly recommended

Graduation and Promotion

Minimum of 70% required to receive credential


Program Curriculum

See ITA website for program outline.