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Electronics Technician Core Certificate

nine-month certificate

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
  • Learn to troubleshoot, maintain and build electronic circuits including microprocessors and robotic equipment.
  • Be in demand. The BC 2025 Labour Market Outlook predicts electrical and electronics engineering technologists/technicians will be one of the most in-demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 1,800 job openings expected to open by 2025.
  • Qualify for entry into a wide range of second year specialty options offered throughout BC, Canada and the US including NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician diploma.
Transfer possibilities: Upon graduation, you will qualify to take further training in a specialty option to achieve certification as a technician or technologist. You will be prepared to enter the second year of NIC’s Industrial Automation program or another second-year specialty at other BC, Canadian or US institutions. 


  • Be prepared. With approximately 700 hours of practical training, you’ll have the confidence and experience you need to move smoothly into a wide range of second-year specialty options, including the Industrial Automation Technician diploma at NIC. This time may also be counted toward work experience in some apprenticeships.
  • Proven success. The high tech facilities and quality instruction offered at NIC lead to proven success for graduates. NIC electronics students have consistently ranked among the best at the Skills Canada national competition.
  • A great place to learn. Small class size, state-of-the-art equipment, low cost of living and a great climate combine to give you the best possible learning environment.


You will learn the required skills to repair, maintain and install electronic circuits and equipment. Hands-on experiments teach you the correct use of tools, test equipment, troubleshooting procedures and soldering techniques. You will accumulate approximately 700 hours of hands-on lab time.

As a student in this program you will be eligible for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). After two years of practical work experience, you will also be eligible to become a CTech or CET member of the provincial professional association. Benefits of membership in a provincial association include employer recognition and access to the Canadian Technical Employment Network (CTEN) for job hunting.

NIC is a charter member of the International Electronic Technicians Articulation committee. Upon completion of the certificate program, most graduates enter into NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician diploma program or transfer to other BC, Canadian or US institutions.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Electronics Technician Core certificate, you will be qualified to enter the second year of the Industrial Automation Technician diploma at NIC, or to transfer to other Canadian and US institutions.

Second-year specialties lead to a wide range of high-demand career opportunities in industries such as forest products, pulp and paper, chemical processing, oil/gas/petroleum, mining and metal processing, steam generation and utilities, water and waste water treatment, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, textiles, materials handling and electronics/semi-conductors manufacturing.

NIC’s Industrial Automation Technician program has also been accredited by the Canadian Forces, and graduates can gain advanced standing as a naval electronics technician. See Industrial Automation for more information.

Supply List

You will be required to obtain the following basic supplies and tools:

  • scientific calculator (SHARP EL546W recommended)
  • pens, pencils, paper, eraser, binder, paper

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of English 11, Communications 12, NIC ENG-052, or equivalent; or in ESL-052, ESL-055 and ESL-058, or certified CLB 8; or NIC English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, NIC MAT-053, or equivalent; or NIC math assessment.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

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

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

  • A Minimum C+ in Physics 11 or NIC PHY-050, and Mathematics 12 or NIC upgrading MAT-060 is strongly recommended.
  • You should discuss your plans first with the instructor and/or department chair. If your math prerequisite is older than five years, you should consider an assessment and/or a refresher course before enrolling. If you have successfully completed Mathematics 12, you may challenge the ELC-090 Mathematics for Electronics course.
  • If you are a high school student interested in bridging into NIC's Electronics Technician Core certificate program, you should speak to your high school counsellor.

Program Requirements

  • ELC-090 Mathematics for Electronics
  • ELC-105 DC Circuit Analysis for Technicians
  • ELC-106 AC Circuit Analysis for Technicians
  • ELC-108 Soldering & Workshop Practices for Technicians
  • ELC-109 Introduction to Microcomputers for Electronics Technicians
  • ELC-110 Digital Electronics Techniques for Technicians
  • ELC-120 Transistors for Technicians
  • ELC-130 Linear Circuits for Technicians
  • ELC-140 Basic Microcontrollers for Technicians
  • ENG-159 Professional Writing
  • OFA-001* WHMIS General

*Note: Students not having current, valid WHMIS certification are required to take this course to meet program requirements. A separate fee will be charged for WHMIS.

Completion Requirements

To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum of 70% in each course. 

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

Year 1
Tuition $2,910
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,430
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,050

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $13,630
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $155
Books $1,430
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $15,770
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).

Cory Batch

Cory Batch


Trades & Apprenticeships

Subjects: Electronics, Mathematics
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9733 | Location DWG - 217

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