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Electrical - Foundation Training


The Electrical Foundation program prepares students for entry-level positions as electrical apprentices with contracting companies involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction and maintenance. Students learn to access and utilize resource materials, follow procedures and make sound decisions while installing and maintaining electrical equipment.

Program Outline 

The full-time, 24-week program is competency based. The program delivers the complete theoretical and practical outcomes of the provincially accredited Level 1 Electrical Work Apprenticeship program.

Career Opportunities 

A growing need for electricians has been identified in northwestern BC as resource development opportunities increase and as older workers begin to retire from existing positions in established industries. Graduates find employment as electrical apprentices installing and maintaining lighting, heating, control, alarm, data and commercial systems in residential, commercial and industrial settings and numerous other related fields.

Admission Requirements 
  • Grade 12 with Physics 11 (PH 11) Required OR Mature Student 
  • English 10 or equivalent AND 
  • Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11 or Higher OR
  • Satisfactory placement on the CAT Assessment Test, OR
  • Permission of Instructor

Unless otherwise noted, “Permission of Instructor” may be used to accept a student into a course(s) when the student does not meet course prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on entry assessments. See the Admission and Registration section on the website for details on this policy.

Learners should be aware that many employers require Grade 12 completion.

Trades learners are encouraged to enhance their employability by enrolling in Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1. OFA courses are scheduled throughout the year at NWCC.

Dates and Locations 
Location Start End
Prince Rupert  August 8, 2017 February 2, 2018
Terrace  October 10, 2017 April 6, 2018

**This program is being delivered at a public school where a BC Ministry of Justice Criminal Record Check is required by the local school district; you will be studying in an area with children and vulnerable adults present. The cost of this check will be covered by the college. If you require more information you can contact an Admissions Officer 1-877-277-2288 x 5203.

For more information on CRC please visit:

Please see the BC Ministry of Justice website for a list of Offences Reviewed During a Criminal Record Check.

Program Fees 
FEES Full-time (24 Weeks) International (24 Weeks)
Tuition: $1645.68 $4937.28
*Student Association Fee: $62.76 $62.76
*Canadian Federation of Students Fee: $17.64 $17.64
Technology Fee: $85.92 $85.92
Registration Fee: $46.08 $46.08
Infrastructure Fee: $13.20 $13.20
Material Fee: $309.12 $309.12
Graduation Fee:  $16.56 $16.56
Total: $2196.96** $5488.56**

Fees are effective as of August 2, 2016
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.
**Please note that these are approximate costs and may vary depending on courses taken.

Books & Supplies

Books are available at the NWCC Bookstore.  Please visit your local campus for details or view your current booklist online by selecting your desired campus.

Tool kits are available at the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Please pay for your tool kit at the Registration Office.

In addition to the fees outlined in the Program Fees section, the following additional costs apply:

  • C.S.A. approved safety footwear (WorkSafeBC regulations)
  • Eye, hearing and head protection
  • Tools
  • Classroom supplies
  • Appropriate clothing