Electrical Foundation

Learn Level 1 electrical theory, develop a solid mastery of applied skills and earn apprenticeship technical training credit and work hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification. 

Note: NIC is transitioning to a harmonized Electrician program, beginning in December 2018. Please see the Electrician Foundation Harmonized page for more information. 

Where: Campbell River
Starts: September
Length: 24 weeks
Tuition: $1,977 approx
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Entering the trades was a perfect path for me to follow and I credit NIC's Electrical Foundation course for setting me up with the skills and knowledge I needed in order to secure employment.

Lia Thomson, NIC Electrical Foundation grad

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Program Requirements

  • CPA-032 Introduction to Computers for Electrical Trades
  • ELE-004 Workplace Safety & Basic Trade Tools
  • ELE-005 Introduction to Blueprint Reading
  • ELE-101 Electrical Trade Mathematics
  • ELE-102 Electrical Trade Science
  • ELE-104 Wiring Methods
  • ELE-100 Year 1 – Technical Training
  • *OFA-001 WHMIS General
  • *OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid and WHMIS certification are required to take these courses to meet program requirements.  Separate fees will be charged for First Aid and WHMIS.

Completion Requirements

To pass the program you are required to attain a minimum average of 70% based on a weighted average of all courses.

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of English 11, Communications 12, NIC ENG-052, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-052, ESL-055 and ESL-058, or certified CLB 8; or successful NIC English assessment testing; and
  2. C+ in one of Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, NIC MAT-053, NIC MAT-055, or equivalent; or NIC Electrical Foundation Accuplacer assessment for math; and
  3. C in Physics 11 or NIC PHY-050; and
  4. Successful assessment of mechanical and spatial reasoning.
  5. For more information on English, Math and Spatial Reasoning Assessments see the Electrical Foundation Study Guide
  6. High School graduation is preferred.

NOTE: The Accuplacer assessment covers math skills taught in the following courses: Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, Foundations 11, and pre-Calculus 11.

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.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

To Be Successful

  • You are encouraged to contact the instructor for an in-person or telephone interview. The purpose of the interview is to provide advice, answer questions about the program and discuss various career fields and choices.
  • The most important key to success is the desire to become a quality trades person. The traditional values of hard work, reliability, positive attitude and the desire to do quality work are essential to succeed in the program.
  • Trades programs require good hand-eye coordination, good binocular vision, strong abilities in spatial and mechanical reasoning along with good math, analytical and communication skills.
  • There is also an expectation of physical activities such as working on ladders, scaffolding, automated man lifts, or in confined spaces and under various weather conditions including lifting.
  • You will be required to stay focused for prolonged periods.
  • Many employers require Grade 12 completion as an employment standard. If you do not meet this requirement we encourage you to contact a Student Advisor to discuss upgrading or Grade 12 completion options offered at NIC. In addition to the stated prerequisites, secondary school equivalent courses in science and drafting are considered an asset.
  • The math pre-test link is a review exercise and can be used as an indicator of your current math skills. If you find you need further support, please contact our student services department about upgrading and how to sign up for classes

David Johns

David Johns

Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7819 | Location DWG - 214A

Trevor Petr

Trevor Petr

Trades & Apprenticeships

Red seal Electrician, Instructor Diploma, Master Electrician, FSR class A

Subjects: Electricity Apprenticeship, Electrical
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9731 | Location DWG - 212

Program Highlights

The Electrical Foundation program, consists of two blocks of training, each spread throughout the 24 weeks of the program. The object being to provide you with some of the general skills and knowledge required for any apprentice working in the construction trades and the specific, fundamental skills required of a Year 1 electrical apprentice.

During the 24-week program, you will participate in enhanced Level 1 theoretical training, including lab work which enhances your learning of introductory electrical theory through the application of this new knowledge. You will learn ho to correctly and safely use measuring instruments (meters), power supplies and other electrical equipment.

While learning about electrical theory, you will learn how to safely and correctly use common hand and power tools, supplies, electrical components and devices, equipment and specialty tools in a manner that a Year 1 apprentice is expected to know when working in residential and light commercial construction.

You will learn the interpretation of the latest edition of the Canadian Electrical Code and how these modern wiring techniques are being used in the residential and light commercial construction industries.

Upon successful completion of this program, your acquired knowledge and skill will make you eligible to receive technical training credit for Level 1 of the Electrical apprenticeship and 350 hours of work-based credit toward your total apprenticeship hours requirement.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities  for Construction and Electrician Red Seal tradespersons exist in residential; commercial and industrial electrical construction; electrical maintenance and service; industrial electrical and electronic process controls; HVAC systems maintenance and installation; marine electrical work; gas and electric utilities and others. 

Construction electricians install equipment and wiring in new housing, shopping centres, condominiums, townhouses, office buildings, schools, hospitals, factories, processing plants, mills, mines, manufacturing plants, sub stations, etc.

Industrial electricians perform maintenance, upgrades and process control modifications in all types of heavy and light industrial settings.

Top paying jobs also require knowledge of computer applications and software, PLC systems and electronics (see Electronics Technician Core and Industrial Automation Technician programs).

Supply List

NIC is pleased to make tools available to you in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. The deposit will be returned at the end of the term if all tools and tags are returned in an acceptable condition. Tools will not be distributed without proof of payment from the Registration office.

You are required to obtain the following supplies:


  • calculator (see instructor)
  • HB pencils
  • hi-lite marker
  • one set, coloured pens or pencils
  • plastic rule – 12”
  • protractor
  • binders
  • note paper
  • steel-toed above the ankle construction boots (see instructor)
  • non-contact voltage tester (see instructor)
  • hard hat (see instructor)
  • safety glasses
  • text books and learning guides – details provided at NIC Bookstore


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

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $1,977
NISU Fees $108
Lab Fees $150
Books $1,120
Learner Resource $104
Health and Dental $275
Total $3,734

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $9,270
NISU Fees $100
Lab Fees $150
Books $1,120
Learner Resource $50
Health and Dental $275
Total $10,965
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).