Electrician

Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities - on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment and thousands of other specific tools and devices. An Electrician's work involves assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment. Electricians typically work in three main settings: Construction, Industrial, and Institutional.

Construction electricians work either as employees who are part of a contractor's team, on both residential and commercial projects, or as independent electrical contractors on such projects.

Industrial electricians are typically employed on staff at large-scale industrial facilities such as pulp mills, hydroelectric dams, and mining and smelting operations.

Finally, most large institutions such as hospitals, school boards, universities and other public facilities have at least one electrician working as part of their maintenance department.

Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their training path. This trade will also fall under mandatory certification, effective December 1, 2023. Details on these changes can be found via SkilledTradesBC, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.

An Electrician is designated as a Construction Electrician under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Recommendations

Electricians must be capable of distinguishing colours to work with colour-coded wiring.

 

The following education is recommended: Recent grade 12 graduate (within 5 years); Principles of Math 11; Physics 11; English 12 or Communications 12.

 

The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of Levels 1-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 10 weeks (300 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,000 hours of work-based training.

 

The Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2 (refer to SkilledTradesBC for alternative paths into the occupation).

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College of the Rockies

Main Campus

Jul 29 2024Jan 30 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jul 29 2024Jan 24 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jul 29 2024Jan 24 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Jul 29 2024Jan 24 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Aug 06 2024Jan 31 2025

Electrician

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Aug 06 2024Jan 31 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Aug 06 2024Jan 31 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Aug 12 2024Feb 07 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Aug 20 2024Feb 14 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Aug 26 2024Feb 21 2025

Electrician (Harmonized)

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Coast Mountain College

Terrace

Sep 03 2024Jan 31 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Sep 03 2024Feb 28 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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North Island College

Campbell River

Sep 03 2024Feb 21 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

DW Poppy Secondary - Langley

Sep 03 2024Feb 28 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

Princess Margaret Secondary - Surrey

Sep 03 2024Feb 28 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Sep 09 2024Mar 07 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Sep 09 2024Mar 07 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 07 2024Apr 04 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Oct 07 2024Apr 04 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Oct 15 2024Apr 04 2025

Electrician (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Oct 21 2024Apr 18 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Oct 21 2024Apr 18 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Nov 12 2024May 09 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Jan 06 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrician (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 06 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Jan 06 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Cloverdale

Jan 06 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Univ. of the Fraser Valley

Trades and Technology Centre (CEP)

Jan 20 2025Jul 04 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Northern Lights College

Fort St. John

Jan 27 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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North Island College

Campbell River

Jan 27 2025Jul 11 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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College of New Caledonia

Prince George - Main Campus

Feb 03 2025Jul 18 2025

Electrician

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Coast Mountain College

Terrace

Feb 03 2025Jun 20 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Williams Lake

Feb 03 2025Jul 18 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Van. Island University

Nanaimo

Feb 03 2025Jul 18 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Selkirk College

Silver King Campus - Nelson

Feb 03 2025Jul 17 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Thompson Rivers University

Kamloops

Feb 03 2025Jul 18 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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College of the Rockies

Main Campus

Feb 10 2025Jul 24 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Nicola Valley Institute of Tech.

Merritt

Feb 10 2025Jul 25 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 10 2025Jul 25 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 10 2025Jul 25 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 10 2025Jul 25 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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BCIT

BBY - Burnaby

Feb 10 2025Jul 25 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

1000 K.L.O. Rd. Kelowna, BC

Feb 18 2025Aug 01 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

Duncan Ave. Penticton

Feb 18 2025Jul 31 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Okanagan College

Vernon, BC

Feb 18 2025Aug 01 2025

Electrical (Harmonized)

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Camosun College

Interurban

Mar 17 2025Aug 29 2025

Electrician (Harmonized)