Introduction to Electrical
Learn via live instructor-led virtual lectures completed online as well as in-person labs at a training location.
We understand that making a career change or jumping into a trade can be intimidating. You might not be sure if the Electrical Trade is the career path for you. That is why we developed the Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
Trillium College’s Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship program is a trade program that gives you the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and experience needed to work competently, effectively and safely in the trade as an Electrical Apprentice.
What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?
There are few means of gaining experience in the Electrical Trade due to the Provincial Regulations of the Compulsory Trades.
Consequently, Contractors have limited opportunities to determine a candidate’s aptitude and abilities. However, Contractors recognize the economic benefit of our program as traditional apprenticeships require that you have a Journeyperson overseeing you while you learn the basics of the trade; this along with cost and safety concerns are the primary reasons for their reluctance to take on new Apprentices and the purpose of a pre-apprenticeship.
In addition, by working with basic skills and safety certifications from day 1, you minimize the economic penalty and concerns that most Apprentice applicants bring to their door.
Areas of Focus
- Circuit Fundamentals
- Lab Fundamentals
- Canadian Electrical Code Part I & Blueprints
- Electrical Installations
- MS Office Applications
All graduates of the program are certified in the following:
- Ladder Safety Certificate
- Lock Out and Tag Certificate
- Confined Space Certificate
- Scaffold Safety Certificate
- Working at Heights Certificate
Graduates from the program are prepared for the next step of becoming an Electrical Apprentice.
Procedures on becoming an Apprentice
This program is pre-Apprenticeship which will provide the equivalent to Level 1 training at Interprovincial Standards (Red Seal). This will make you not only readied for the Electrical Trade but also highly marketable and in demand.
Apprenticeship is a process where you earn as you learn. Once reaching the total required 9,000 hours and successfully challenging the exam to become a licenced Electrician, and reach the Journeyperson level.
Once you complete the Trillium College Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship program those 578 hours can be credited towards the 9,000 hours on a discretionary basis.
You will next need to find a job full-time or part-time with pay to finish the remaining hours.
To advance in Levels of Apprenticeship a Trade Delivery Agent (TDA) college will need to be attended to achieve those levels and subsequently be paid greater.
Within the 90-day probation, employers must decide and agree to register you as an Apprentice and you will need to contact the Ministry of Labour Training & Skill Development local office to register online as an Apprentice (no fees).
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status