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Electrician

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Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises.

In general, but not limited to, electricians:

  • read and interpret electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings, specifications, and applicable codes to determine wiring layouts,
  • cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings,
  • pull wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors,
  • position, maintain and install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels and fuse enclosures,
  • install, replace, maintain and repair electrical systems and related electrical equipment,
  • install data cabling,
  • splice, join and connect wire to form circuits,
  • test circuits to ensure integrity and safety,
  • install and maintain fibre optic systems and,
  • install, replace, maintain and repair electrical generation sources and related equipment, and
  • may specialize in renewable energy (eg. wind/solar).

To be authorized to perform Restricted Activities in this designated trade, a worker must be a sponsored apprentice or a certified journeyperson. For more information, see Classes of Individuals.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
Apprenticeship
  • The term of apprenticeship for an electrician is 4 years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction in each of the first three years, and a minimum of 1440 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of classroom instruction in the fourth year.
  • Apprentices are expected to demonstrate progress in their apprenticeship program within 18 months by engaging in an activity that will lead to the completion of a period of the program.
  • Apprentices may attempt the Interprovincial Exam in the final period of their apprenticeship training and, if successful, be granted a Red Seal.
  • Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice will receive a journeyperson certificate and an educational credential (Advanced Diploma).
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit
Related Trades

Applicants with an Alberta or recognized trade certificate in one of the following trades may be eligible for credit towards their apprenticeship or Trades Qualifier program requirements.

  • Communication Technician
  • Electric Motor Sytems Technician
  • Instrument Technician
  • Power System Electrician
  • Powerline Technician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic

Supporting Resources

 
Description
Description / Resources
Resources
Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Curriculum Guides Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Classroom Instruction View a list of currently scheduled classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Legislation For more information regarding undertakings, activities, and certification requirements, please review the Designated Trades and Restricted Activities Regulation and the Designated Trades’ Activities and Certification Requirements Order.