Trades and Apprenticeship

Trades general interest and industry training courses

Advance your career in the skilled trades with additional certification. Many of our  general interest courses are available during evenings, weekends, or online so you can continue working while you learn. 

(LAT 009)
  • CSA Approved Work Boots (Steel Toed)
  • Safety Glasses
(CON 091)
(CON 020)
(CON 022)

This is an online course so enrolment is open for the entire semester. The course can be taken at any time but should be completed within 30 days of registering.

Upon completion of the course you are required to write a hard-copy final exam. This exam can be written at any Okanagan College campus. Please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship Office at 1-800-621-3038 to inquire about dates and times.

If you are unable to write at an Okanagan College location, you can write at any library, military base, or post-secondary institute that offers testing services. A Request for Supervision form needs to be completed in order for an exam to be sent to the person supervising your exam. To request a copy of this form or to submit a completed copy please contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at trades@okanagan.bc.ca. Please allow at least two weeks between submitting the Request form and scheduling your exam so there is adequate time to mail the exam to the invigilator.

In order to pass the course you must receive 75% on the final exam. You have two opportunities to write the exam. A Request for Supervision form must be submitted for both attempts. If you are unsuccessful after two attempts, you will be required to reregister and repay for the next offering of the course.

Individuals registering online for this course must contact the Trades and Apprenticeship office at 250-862-5457 to have the required course material sent to them.

If you encounter any technical difficulties logging in or while completing the course, please contact IT Services at 250-762-5445 ext. 4444.

No refunds will be issued for this course.

(CON 041)
(CON 047)
(CON 048)
(LAT 019)
(ELC 006)
(ELC 018)
(CON 042)
(ELC 008)

Class A FSR (Field Safety Representative) certificate of qualification entitles the holder to submit declarations on behalf of their employer for any type of regulated electrical work. There are no voltage or ampere limitations.

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

Electrician

One of the following:

  • Canadian Interprovincial Qualification (Red Seal) in the Trade of Electrician; or
  • BC Trade Qualification in Electrical Work (construction or industrial); or
  • BC Exemption Permit in the Trade of Electrician (EWX).

Required:

  1. A minimum of two years (3,600 hours) relevant, acceptable electrical work experience under the Canadian Electrical Code, after receiving a Certificate of Qualification in the trade of Electrician.
  2. Proof of completion of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards, from a recognized instructor and completed within three years of application date.
  3. A minimum of three documented high voltage installations since obtaining the trade certificate. 

Where experience cannot be verified by a current Class A FSR, a sworn affidavit or statutory declaration outlining relevant work experience is required. Provide documents with original signatures.

Electrical Professional Engineer (P.Eng)

  1. Degree in Electrical Engineering
  2. Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1.
  3. Valid registration as a Professional Engineer, and member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEG BC).

Electrical Applied Science Technologist (AScTT)

  1. Electrical Engineering Technology (power option) qualification.
  2. Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1.
  3. Valid registration as an Applied Science Technologist and a member in good standing with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (AScTT BC).

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

  • Current Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, as adopted in BC by the Electrical Safety Regulations (all sections).
  • Current version of CAN/CSA-C22.3 No. 1-15, Overhead Systems.
  • Current version of the CSA errata

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class B FSR certificate of qualification entitles the holder to submit declarations on behalf of their employer for regulated electrical work only with respect to electrical installations where the voltage of the completed installation is under 750 volts. The certification also covers the Underground Raceway scope, allowing underground conduit installations at any voltage.

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

Electrician

Either,

  • Canadian Interprovincial Qualification (Red Seal) in the Trade of Electrician; or
  • BC Trade Qualification in Electrical Work (construction or industrial); or
  • BC Exemption Permit in the Trade of Electrician (EWX).

Required:

  1. A minimum of one year (1800 hours) acceptable relevant electrical work experience under the Canadian Electrical Code, after receiving a Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Electrician.
  2. Proof of completion from a recognized instructor of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards completed within three years of application date.

Electrical Professional Engineer (P.Eng)

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1
  • Valid registration as a Professional Engineer, and member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEG BC)

Electrical Applied Science Technologist (AScTT)

  • Electrical Engineering Technology (power option) qualification.
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1
  • Valid registration as an Applied Science Technologist and a member in good standing with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (AScTT BC).

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class C FSR (Field Safety Representative) certificate of qualification entitles the holder to submit declarations on behalf of their employer for regulated electrical work only with respect to electrical installations where the voltage of the installation is under 150 volts to ground; ampacity is restricted to 200 amps or less and, single phase power.

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

Electrician

Either,

  • Canadian Interprovincial Qualification (Red Seal) in the Trade of Electrician; or
  • BC Trade Qualification in Electrical Work (construction or industrial); or
  • BC Exemption Permit in the Trade of Electrician (EWX).

Required:

  1. A minimum of one year (1800 hours) acceptable relevant electrical work experience under the Canadian Electrical Code, after receiving a Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Electrician.
  2. Proof of completion from a recognized instructor of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards completed within three years of application date.

Electrical Professional Engineer (P.Eng)

  • Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1
  • Valid registration as a Professional Engineer, and member in good standing with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEG BC)

Electrical Applied Science Technologist (AScTT)

  • Electrical Engineering Technology (power option) qualification.
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-15 Part 1
  • Valid registration as an Applied Science Technologist and a member in good standing with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (AScTT BC).

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class LO (low energy) FSR certificate of qualification entitles the holder to act as a Field Safety Representative (FSR), and perform regulated electrical work on electrical equipment that includes all wiring and equipment installed that is restricted to circuits that have the power supply limited in accordance with the requirements for Class 2 circuits, maximum 100 volt amperes. Despite the above, a dedicated branch circuit from an existing panel board or extension of an existing branch circuit wiring, rated at 15 ampere, 120 volt, to an outlet installed specifically for a Class 2 power supply shall also be acceptable.

 Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

  1. Minimum one year (1800 hours) acceptable, relevant electrical work experience. Provide either a resume or employer letter documenting job classifications, duties, scope and type of work performed
  2. Proof of completion from a recognized instructor of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards completed within three years of application date.

Documentation:

  • Provide either a resume or employer letter documenting job classifications, duties, scope and type of work performed.
  • Provide documents with original signatures.

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class RE (Refrigeration) FSR certificate of qualification entitles the holder to act as a Field Safety Representative (FSR). They can make declarations on behalf of their employer for regulated electrical work only with respect to electrical installations in which the voltage of the completed installation does not exceed 750 volts for the following installations: circuits for refrigeration equipment, air-conditioning units, heat pumps and chillers; fabricate, install, alter, repair, or service any system used for cooling and/or heating (i.e., heat pumps) in closed systems that contain a refrigeration or a brine and thermoelectric cooling; and piping, controls and electrical work usually performed by a journeyperson 4. branch circuit wiring from existing enclosures containing overcurrent devices.

Scope of work NOT included under this certificate:

  • electrical work on fire alarm Systems.
  • electrical work in hazardous locations.

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

Either,

  1. Canadian Interprovincial Standards Qualification ‘IPSE’ Certificate in the trade of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic (Refrigeration Mechanic).
  2. Canadian Interprovincial Standards Qualification ‘IPSE’ Certificate in the trade of Electrical.
  3. BC Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Refrigeration Mechanic. Exemption certification in the Trade of Refrigeration Mechanic (REX).
  4. Copy of the interprovincial certification (Red Seal) is required if candidate is qualified from another Canadian province.

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

  • Current Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, as adopted in BC by the Electrical Safety Regulations. Sections: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 (ammonia), 20, 22, 26, 28, 62.
  • Current version of the CSA errata

 Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class SA (Security Alarm) FSR certificate of qualification entitles the holder to act as a Field Safety Representative (FSR), and:

  • design, install, repair, maintain, replace, test, service the operation of all intruder and security alarm systems in accordance with the provisions of the Ministry of Justice Security Industry & Licensing, formerly Public Safety and Solicitor General, Policing & Community Safety Branch, Security Programs and Police Technology Division and the Security Services Act.  
  • submit declarations for the work performed under this scope and perform regulated electrical work on electrical equipment for the following:
  • all wiring and equipment installed is restricted to circuits that have the power supply limited in accordance with the requirements for Class 2 circuits, maximum 100 volt amperes.
  • a dedicated branch circuit from an existing panelboard or extension of an existing branch circuit wiring, rated at 15 ampere, 120 volt, to an outlet installed specifically for a Class 2 power supply shall be acceptable 

Scope of work NOT included under this certificate:

  1. electrical work on fire alarm systems.
  2. electrical work in hazardous locations.

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

  1. BC Certificate of Qualification in the Trade of Security Alarms Installer.
  2. Proof of completion from a recognized instructor of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards completed within three years of application date.

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

  • Current Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, as adopted in BC by the Electrical Safety Regulations. Sections: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 (ammonia), 20, 22, 26, 28, 62.
  • Current version of the CSA errata

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

Class UR (Underground Raceway) FSR certificate of qualification entitles the holder to assemble, construct, install, maintain or repair and alter underground electrical conduit. 

Renewal

All electrical field safety representative certificates must be renewed every three years. 

Prerequisites

Minimum of one year's (1800 hours) acceptable, relevant training and/or electrical work experience.

Documentation:

  • Either a resume or employer letter documenting job classifications, duties, scope and type of work performed.
  • Where Field Safety Representative(FSR) can verify experience, provide letters from employers signed by the FSR named on the contractor’s license, showing FSR registration number, class, and original signatures.
  • Where experience cannot be verified by a current Class UR FSR, Sworn Affidavit or Statutory Declaration, outlining relevant work experience is required.
  • Provide documents with original signatures

Resources

Required study material
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

  • Current Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, as adopted in BC by the Electrical Safety Regulations. Sections: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 (ammonia), 20, 22, 26, 28, 62.
  • Current version of the CSA errata

Reference material 
(to be supplied by the applicant at the exam)

(LAT 006)

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