Learn the necessary skills to become an apprenticed residential, commercial or industrial electrician.
Tuition and Fees
2020-21: $3,546.50 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $3,596.96 (Vernon)
- Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
- All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
- International students will pay International tuition fees
If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:
This 24-week program provides students with little or no previous experience in the electrical trade with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice electrician. The program exposes the student to aspects of residential, commercial and industrial systems in this trade with a focus on developing practical skills. The curriculum follows the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development guidelines for the first-year in-class components of the Electrician Apprenticeship, which includes installation procedures in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code for residential, commercial and industrial systems.
Set on becoming an Electrician but unsure which direction you want to head in the trade? The first three levels of technical training for Electrician are considered "core," so you have time to decide whether you want to pursue a Red Seal in Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician. Upon successful completion, this program provides you with your first level towards either stream.
Looking to become dual ticketed? This program will set you on the path to achieve your Red Seal in both Construction Electrician and Industrial Electrician. With a Red Seal in one stream, you receive Level 1 to 3 technical training credit for the second stream. This reduces your amount of schooling to one single level. In addition, you will also receive 4,500 work-based hours towards the second stream taking you one step further to having two tickets.
There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade, please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics as listed below. Okanagan College strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible. If you anticipate or experience disability related academic barriers (including mental health, chronic or temporary medical conditions), please contact Accessibility Services at your campus so that you can privately discuss options.
Physical activities of the trade:
- Lift and carry tools, equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to approximately 30 pounds
- Lift, carry, hold and operate hand and power tools from below grade to above shoulders
- Stand on concrete, dirt, rock, asphalt, wood, etc. for extended periods of time
- Bend, stoop, kneel or crawl to perform electrical tasks
- Work in confined spaces and trenches
- Work in both indoor and outdoor venues, through all seasonal challenges
- Push/pull and carry electrical construction materials and troubleshooting equipment
- Climb extension ladders, and work on scaffolding at heights
Recommended student characteristics:
- Good general health and respiratory condition
- Capable of doing physical work
- Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy equipment and materials
- Ability to tolerate noise and vibration
- Good balance and coordination to walk on uneven ground for up to 8 hours per day
- Good manual dexterity
- Good hand-eye coordination
- Satisfactory eyesight, line, form and depth perception
- Willing to work in team and individual environments
Textbooks and supplies required for students taking the Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship program (total $631.20):
- Electrical Math Modules - $13.79
- TTBC Level 1 Harmonized Binders - $162.79
- Mullins Electrical Wiring – Residential 2018 8th Edition - $175.79
- Canadian Electrical Code 2018 Edition - $200.29
- Electrical Pre-Apprentice Modules - $29.25
5% GST is not included in price. Price is subject to change. Textbooks available at OC Campus Store. Please see below for a list of contact numbers by campus or order online.
Other required supplies:
- Scientific calculator – recommended Sharp EL-520XBWH
- Staedtler scaled ruler (1:50, 1:20, 987 18 – SIBK metric)
- Geometry set w/ compass and protractor
- Three ring binders, lined paper
- Pens, pencils, highlighter, Sharpie marker
- CSA-approved safety boots*
- CSA-approved safety glasses (clear only)*
- CSA-approved hard hat (yellow only)*
* Students have the option to purchase safety equipment from a representative during an in-class demonstration.
Okanagan College, along with local suppliers, have created a basic electrical apprentice package that includes all of the mandatory (plus several of the optional) tools at a significant savings to the student. A representative will conduct an in-class demonstration of the contents included, after which the students will be able to purchase their own kit for approximately $415.
If you choose to purchase your tools prior to attending the program, be sure to purchase only professional-grade tools. Remember you will be making a living using these tools, and a lesser quality tool will need frequent replacement.
- Tool pouch and belt
- Wire stripper (#10 to #18 AWG)
- 9” linesman's pliers
- 8” diagonal cutting pliers
- 9 and a half inch cable cutter
- 8” long nose pliers
- 10” tongue and groove pliers
- Three-sixteenths of an inch cabinet tip screw driver
- One-eighth-inch cabinet tip screw driver
- Quarter-inch x 4” flat screw driver
- #1 Phillips screw driver
- #2 Phillips screw driver
- #6 Robertson screw driver
- #8 Robertson screw driver
- Electrician’s knife (hawkbill)
- Measuring tape – three-quarter-inch by 25 feet
- Voltage detector (non-contact 50-1000 VAC)
- 9” magnetic torpedo level
- 12” hacksaw
- Straight clawed hammer
- Centre punch
- #0 Robertson screw driver
- #3 Robertson screw driver
- 8” or 10” adjustable wrench
- Drywall saw
- Hex key sets (five-sixty-fourths of an inch to quarter-inch)
- Aviation tin snips – straight cut
All power tools and equipment required will be supplied by Okanagan College
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math admission requirement within the last seven years, and/or do not meet the English admission requirement, must write the ABLE Math and English test. Both sections of the ABLE test are multiple choice and students are allotted 45 minutes to complete each section (1.5 hours for both). No calculator is allowed while completing the Math section. For more information, to request a sample test or to book an test, please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.
English 12 with minimum 50% or alternatives.
- Math requirement:
A minimum of 67% in any of:
- Pre-calculus Grade 11
- Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
- Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
- Workplace Mathematics 11
- Principles of Mathematics 11
- Applications of Mathematics 11
- Adult Basic Education MATH 011
- Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
- Adult Basic Education IALG 011
Or a minimum of 85% on the ABLE mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.
Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the ABLE Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 85%.
Location: Kelowna and on a rotating basis in Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm
Program Schedule: February to July, February to October, August to January, and September to May (24 weeks)
Textbooks and Supplies: Approximately $691.75 plus 5% book tax, tool kit is approximately $415 (subject to change)
There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.
Passing grade is a minimum of a graded average of 70% overall.
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