Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized

Build your skills and qualifications in the electrician trade while working toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) designation. Electricians install, alter, repair and maintain electrical and electronic systems in residential, commercial and industrial operations. They ensure that all electrical connections are safe and meet code requirements. NIC offers all four levels of apprenticeship technical training, following criteria set by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: See schedule below
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NIC works closely with our program advisory committee, comprised of industry professionals and local employers who provide valuable insight to inform programming, all in support of you having access to the best, most current training possible.

Cheryl O’Connell, NIC dean, trades and technical programs

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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.

ELH-100 – Electrician Apprenticeship Common Core Level 1 Harmonized

  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - March 13
  • 2021 Winter: March 8 - May 14
  • 2022 Winter: March 21 - May 27

ELH-200 – Electrician Apprenticeship Common Core Level 2 Harmonized

  • 2019 Fall: October 7 - December 13
  • 2020 Winter: March 16 - May 22
  • 2020 Spring: May 21 - July 29
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18
  • 2021 Winter: January 11 - March 19
  • 2021 Spring: May 25 - July 30
  • 2021 Fall: October 12 - December 17
  • 2022 Winter: January 10 - March 18
  • 2022 Winter: February 28 - May 6

ELH-201 – Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized Gap Training A

*Note: Required prior to Electrician Level 2 Harmonized
*No Fee

  • 2019 Fall: October 3 - October 4
  • 2020 Winter: March 12 - March 13
  • 2020 Spring: May 19 - May 20

ELA-300 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 3

  • 2019 Fall: October 7 - December 13
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18
  • 2021 Winter: March 22 - June 11
  • 2021 Spring: May 4 - June 11
  • 2021 Fall: October 12 - December 17
  • 2022 Winter: January 24 - April 1

ELH-300 – Electrician Apprenticeship Common Core Level 3 Harmonized

  • 2020 Winter: January 20 - March 27
  • 2020 Spring: May 25 - July 31
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18

ELH-301 – Electrician Apprenticeship Harmonized Gap Training B

*Note: This course is designed for Electrical Apprentices who are transitioning into Electrician Apprenticeship Common Core Level 3 Harmonized from non-Harmonized Level 2
It is required prior to Electrician Level 2 Harmonized
*No Fee

  • 2020 Winter: January 6 - January 17
  • 2020 Spring: May 11 - May 22
  • 2020 Fall: September 28 - October 9
  • 2021 Winter: March 22 - April 1
  • 2021 Fall: September 27 - October 8
  • 2022 Winter: January 10 - January 21

ELA-400 – Electrical Apprenticeship Level 4

  • 2019 Fall: October 7 - December 13
  • 2020 Winter: March 2 - May 8
  • 2020 Fall: October 13 - December 18
  • 2021 Winter: January 11 - March 19
  • 2021 Fall: October 12 - December 17
  • 2022 Spring: April 19 - June 24

ELH-400 – Electrician Apprenticeship Common Core Level 4 Harmonized

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.

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

Jason Taylor

Jason Taylor
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9729 | Location DWG - A214

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

Students are required to provide the following list of basic supplies and tools:


  • 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

 NOTE: Please purchase books on the 1st day of class and not in advance.

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.

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

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Grand Total
Tuition $960 $960 $960 $960
NISU Fees $50 $50 $50 $50
Books $600 $300 $150 $150
Learner Resource $55 $55 $55 $55
Total $1,665 $1,365 $1,215 $1,215 $5,460

This program is tuition refund Category 4.