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. 

Program Details

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
  • EMF
  • Lab Fundamentals
  • Canadian Electrical Code Part I & Blueprints
  • Safety
  • Electrical Installations
  • Communication
  • MS Office Applications

Safety Certificates

All graduates of the program are certified in the following:

  • WHIMIS
  • Ladder Safety Certificate
  • Lock Out and Tag Certificate
  • Confined Space Certificate
  • Scaffold Safety Certificate
  • Working at Heights Certificate

Employment Opportunities

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). 

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status

Additional Information

Career Options

  • Electrician
  • Technician
  • Maintenance Repair
  • Project Electrical Engineer
  • Electrician Inspector

Employer Options

  • Apprentice Electrician
  • Construction Electrician Apprentice
  • Construction Electrician
  • Domestic and Rural Electrician