Electrician Foundation Harmonized

Learn essential work place skills in addition to earning your level 1 technical training credit and work-based training hours toward your Interprovincial (Red Seal) certification when you register as an apprentice. In this Industry Training Authority (ITA) approved training, you’ll learn theory and skills from workplace safety to blueprint reading and wiring methods for residential and light commercial instruction.


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 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River, Port Alberni
Starts: September (CR), February (CR), March (PA)
Length: 24 weeks
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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I enjoy the interaction with students. I like to bring in demonstrations to show the applications of principles and theoretical concepts, being able to fully describe some of the funny, unique situations on the electrical side that students might not get from a textbook.

David Johns, NIC Electrical Instructor

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Program Requirements

  • EFH-100 Electrical Common Core -  Level 1
  • EFH-101 Safety, Basic Trade Tools, Fasteners and Fittings
  • EFH-102 Electrical Codes, Plans and Specifications
  • EFH-103 Applied Mathematics and Sciences for Electrical Trades
  • EFH-104 Applied Wiring Methods
  • EFH-105 Workplace and Employment Skills
  • *OFA-001 WHMIS 2015
  • *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.

**Note: Based on availability of placements with industry, Trades Foundation students may have an opportunity to participate in an optional Work Experience: WXT-100 Work Experience – Trades Foundation.

***Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.

Completion Requirements

Students will be required to achieve a minimum C in each course to pass the program.  Student will be required to pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of English 11, Composition 11, Creative Writing 11, Literary Studies 11, New Media 11, Spoken Language 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Writing 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & New Media 11, English First Peoples Literary Studies & Spoken Language 11, Communications 12, NIC ENG-052; or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; 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 NIC Electrical Foundation Accuplacer assessment for math; and
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

International Language Requirements

If you are applying as an international student, you must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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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.
  • You can access math review resources from: https://www.nic.bc.ca/student-services/assessment-services/placement-assessments/math-placements/. Should you find you need further support please contact our student services department about upgrading classes.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

David Johns

David Johns


Electrical,Piping,Wood Trades

Journeyman Electrician, Alberta

Provincial Instructor Diploma, Adult Education, Vancouver Community College 2010

Subjects: Electrician Fnd Harmonized, Electricity Apprenticeship, Electrician Appren Harmonized
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7819 | Location DWG - 214A

Program Highlights

The Electrician Foundation Harmonized program is delivered full-time over 24 weeks.

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 how 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

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

 Personal Protection Equipment

  • Steel-toed above the ankle construction boots (see instructor)
  • Non-contact voltage tester (see instructor)
  • Hard hat (see instructor)
  • Safety Glasses

 Classroom Supplies

  • Calculator (see instructor)
  • HB pencils
  • Hi-lite marker
  • One set, coloured pens or pencils
  • Plastic ruler – 12”
  • Protractor
  • Binders
  • Note paper
  • text books and learning guides – details provided at NIC Bookstore

In addition, NIC is pleased to make shop tools available to students in exchange for a $200 refundable tool deposit, which is not included in your tuition. It 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.

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

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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

Tuition $2,056
NISU Fees $95
Lab Fees $95
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $113
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,134

Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Book costs noted are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.

This program is tuition refund Category 1.