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Electrician Apprenticeship Training

Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved apprenticeship training

Where: Campbell River
Starts: See schedule below
  • Advance your skills and qualifications in the electrician trade
  • Be in demand: The BC 2025 Labour Market Outlook predicts electricians will be the ninth-most in-demand occupational group requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 4,600 job openings available to 2025.
  • Work toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation


  • Quality education. Our student success rate confirms the quality of instruction at NIC as our graduates have some of the highest completion rates in the province. 
  • Excellent facilities. Exceptional value. We have up to date labs and equipment and highly experienced instructors. Our tuitions are some of the lowest in the province and accommodations in this beautiful part of Vancouver Island are very reasonable.  
  • Industry-approved training. NIC works closely with a program advisory committee, comprised of industry professionals and local employers, to ensure you receive the best, most current training possible. 

Electrician Technical Training

All NIC training programs follow the criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to ensure your trade qualifications meet current industry standards.

ELA-100, Level 1, 10 weeks - Campbell River 
ELA-200, Level 2, 10 weeks - Campbell River
ELA-300, Level 3, 10 weeks - Campbell River
ELA-400, Level 4, 10 weeks - Campbell River

NIC works closely with industry to ensure your apprenticeship training is of the highest quality. For upcoming apprenticeship training schedules view the Schedules tab. For more information on apprenticeships visit the ITA website.

Supply List


  • calculator – Sharp EL-520WBBK or equivalent
  • HB pencils
  • hi-liter marker
  • one set, coloured pens or pencils
  • plastic rule, 12”
  • protractor
  • binders
  • note paper
  • safety glasses
  • text books and learning guides – details provided at NIC Bookstore


  • coveralls
  • digital multimetre CAT III minimum (see instructor)
  • 1/4" engineers graph paper (one pad)

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must be ITA-registered apprentices. 
  2. Complete and submit the NIC Application for Admission form, writing "Electrical" and the level of training as the program name.
  3. Complete and submit the NIC Apprentice Training Registration form. 

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

To Be Successful

  • You will find greater ease and success in your training if your abilities in mathematics, reading and writing are at a sufficient level. NIC Assessment Services is available to provide math and English assessments year-round. If you need to refresh your skills or upgrade in a few areas, those classes are available at NIC.
  • We encourage you to develop a workplace plan with your employer to make sure you are practicing all related trade skills listed in the handbook program outline.
  • School training periods can be very intense, especially because of the quantity of reading you will be required to do. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to complete readings in advance.
  • The math pre-test link is a review exercise and can be used as an indicator of your current math skills. Should you find you need further support please contact our student services department about upgrading classes.

Electrician Apprenticeship Training Classes

Dates and classes may change or be cancelled depending on demand. 

Note: Apprentices enrolling in technical training must take their training in sequential order, levels 1, then 2, then 3 then 4. You must complete all levels of technical training to be eligible to write the Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.

ELA-100 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 1

  • 2017 Fall: October 10 - December 15
  • 2018 Fall: October 9 - December 14
  • 2019 Winter: March 18 - May 24
  • 2019 Spring: May 21 - July 26
  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - March 13

ELA-200 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 2

  • 2018 Winter: January 8 - March 16
  • 2018 Winter: March 12 - May 18
  • 2018 Winter: March 26 - June 1
  • 2018 Fall: October 9 - December 14
  • 2019 Winter: January 7 - March 15
  • 2019 Fall: October 7 - December 13
  • 2020 Winter: March 16 - May 22
  • 2020 Spring: May 18 - July 24

ELA-300 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2018 Winter: January 8 - March 16
  • 2018 Winter: March 19 - May 25
  • 2018 Fall: October 9 - December 14
  • 2019 Winter: March 4 - May 10
  • 2019 Fall: October 7 - December 13
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18

ELA-400 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2017 Fall: October 10 - December 15
  • 2018 Winter: March 19 - May 25
  • 2018 Spring: May 28 - August 3
  • 2019 Winter: January 7 - March 15
  • 2020 Winter: March 2 - May 8
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $925 $925 $925 $925
NISU Fees $45 $45 $45 $45
Total $970 $970 $970 $970 $3,880

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a relationship between an employer and an employee where the employee (the apprentice) commits to learn the trade while working for the employer, and the employer commits to provide on-the-job training, time away from the workplace for the apprentice to attend technical training classes, and to pay the apprentice a certain percentage of the journeyperson wage rate, which increases as the apprentice progresses through the training.
  2. What is a journeyperson?
    A journeyperson is a person who has received a Certification of Qualification in a trade. A journeyperson is then entitled to be referred to by the trade name (ie: carpenter, electrician, millwright, heavy duty mechanic, etc.)
  3. What training will I take?
    Apprenticeships normally consist of approximately 80 per cent on the job training and 20 per cent in-school technical training. While working on the job site the apprentice is to learn the trade under the tutelage of a journeyperson, who is assigned responsibility for the apprentice’s training. The apprentice is also required to attend technical training classes. The classes are most commonly held in colleges and depending on the trade consist of six to 10 weeks of classroom training during each year of the apprenticeship.
  4. How long does an apprenticeship last?
    An apprenticeship lasts one to five years, depending on the trade, and the rate the apprentice progresses through the training. Most apprenticeships are four years.
  5. How much will I earn?
    The rate of pay depends on the rate being paid a journeyperson in the same trade with the same employer. Although it is dependent on the employer, the rates are often 50 per cent for the first six months and rising through 55 per cent, 60 per cent, 65 per cent, 70 per cent, 75 per cent, 80 per cent, 90 per cent at the end of each six month period. Rates vary by trade and by employer. 
  6. What certification will I receive upon completion of my apprenticeship?
    You will receive a Certification of Apprenticeship, and upon completion of the BC exam you will also receive a BC Government Certification of Qualification (C of Q). Apprentices in many trades may also write the Interprovincial (Red-Seal) exam. This certification is recognized across the country and enables Red-Seal qualified journeypersons to work in those trades across Canada. In some trades in BC, the Red-Seal exam is used as the C of Q exam.

Lee Pollack

Lee Pollack


Trades & Apprenticeships

Electrical Technologist (BCIT)

Red Seal Electrician

Class A FSR

Master Electrician


Subjects: Electricity Apprenticeship
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9769 | Location DWG - 219

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