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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 Required OR Mature Student 
  • Physics 11 Recommended 
  • English 10 or equivalent AND 
  • Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11 or Higher OR
  • Satisfactory placement on the CAT Assessment Test

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.

Complete a NWCC Bursary Application [PDF]

Dates and Locations 
Location Start End
Terrace  July 30, 2018 January 25, 2019
Houston**  February 4, 2019 July 19, 2019
Future Intakes:
Terrace Summer 2019*  
Kitimat Winter 2020*  
Terrace Summer 2020*  
Prince Rupert Fall 2020*  

*Future planned intakes may be subject to change.  Please check back to confirm availability.

**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: $1,712.16 $7,276.68
*Student Union Fees: $83.04 $83.04
Mandatory Fees: $492.48 $537.36
Health Insurance:  N/A $234.60
Total: $2,287.68 $8,131.68**

Fees are effective as of August 7, 2018
*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 for purchase through the NWCC Tool Crib. Kits are limited and reserved for students enrolled in specific Trades programs only. Tool kits do not include the required PPE and Supplies on the TOOLS/SUPPLIES LIST. Prices are subject to change without notice. Please pay for tool kits at the Registration Office.

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

  • Purchase of necessary learning resources (available at the NWCC Bookstore)
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Classroom Supplies
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Tools