Frequently Asked Questions
A construction electrician with a union job in B.C earns a good income. Under the current International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers contract, a first-term apprentice in commercial or industrial construction is paid more than $27.00 per hour when benefits are added to wages. That total figure rises to more than $53.00 per hour when the apprentice has completed their program, normally at the end of five years.
An electrician works with their brain as well as their hands. The electrician is called on to solve complex problems, and works with customers and co-workers to plan and install electrical systems.
The electrical trade offers a wide range of specialties, from micro-electronics and data communications to power line construction. The world of the electrician is always changing with the introduction of new technologies and systems.
Women can be very successful as electricians, and the number of women in the B.C. electrical apprenticeship program is steadily increasing.
The Electrical Joint Training Committee is making it a priority to recruit qualified women, and so are the EJTC’s sponsoring partners in the electrical industry. The EJTC’s sponsoring union, IBEW 213, has a women’s committee with dozens of members. Part of the committee’s function is to bring more women into the electrical trade. To find out more about support for women, go to our Women in Trades page.
EJTC is proud to be ranked the #1 sponsor of female apprentices and the #3 of indigenous apprentices by the Industry Training Authority.
Electricians need to be physically active and have good hand-eye coordination. And they need to be problem solvers, capable of reading a chart and making the calculations that will solve a technical problem.
The EJTC is a partnership of leading BC electrical contractors and IBEW 213, which is the union that represents construction electricians in the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan.
The EJTC provides direct technical training at the pre-apprentice, apprentice and journeyperson levels. It also supports more than 900 electrical apprentices with work placement and enrollment in college courses.
The EJTC’s training centre in Port Coquitlam features state of the art project rooms and classrooms, allowing instructors to combine hands-on practice, small-group instruction and online learning. The EJTC is a provincially certified school, and its Entry Level Trades Training program is partly funded by the BC Industry Training Authority.
The EJTC’s 15-week Entry Level course provides an introduction to the electrical trades. Graduates are then enrolled in the BC Apprenticeship program.
ELTT students receive a 10 weeks of paid work experience with an electrical contractor at the end of their training. To get the details on how to enter the program, go to our ELTT page.
The EJTC, with its training partners ACCESS Trades and SkillPlan, also offers an extended version of the Entry Level Trades Training course for students from Indigenous backgrounds. This course begins with eight weeks of Essential Skills training in math, science and reading, leading to the 15-week period of technical training.
An electrical apprenticeship with the Electrical Joint Training Committee (EJTC) is a five year (9000 hour) training program that combines both classroom instruction with on-the-job training and experience.
To reach journeyperson status, after completion of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice must pass an interprovincial standards exam to receive a Certificate of Qualification with an interprovincial Red Seal endorsement and a Certificate of Apprenticeship.
Construction electricians install and repair electrical wiring and related equipment in buildings. Because electricity is used for a variety of purposes including climate control, security and communications, electricians need to be proficient in many applications of electricity. They are employed by electrical contractors, maintenance departments of large institutions, such as hospitals or industrial plants, or they may be self-employed.
Construction electricians work on both new construction sites and on renovations to existing buildings. They ensure that all electrical connections are safe and meet the electrical code.
Electricians interpret architectural drawings and electrical code specifications at construction sites. They pull wire through conduits and through holes in walls and floors. They install, replace and repair lighting fixtures and other electrical equipment such as switches, relays and circuit breaker panels. They splice, join and connect wire to fixtures and components to form circuits, according to the plans. As well, they test circuits to ensure the compatibility and safety of systems. In many cases they are called on to troubleshoot faults in electrical and electronic systems as well as to connect sound and visual communication equipment, signaling devices and heating and cooling systems. At some sites, they conduct preventive maintenance programs.
No, but it will be most advantageous for you to have suitable transportation as work locations vary throughout the Lower Mainland.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 213 and signatory electrical contractors have decided contractually, that an additional 1800 hours of work experience as a pre-apprentice is necessary. Accordingly, this is a requirement of the Electrical Joint Training Committee – the ITA sponsor for all electrical apprentices working for signatory contractors throughout the jurisdiction of the IBEW L.213.
A good solution would be to apply for the Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course offered by the EJTC. This course gives students a solid foundation on what is needed to be a success in the electrical trade. If chosen at a later date for an apprenticeship sponsored by the EJTC, then past work experience from other countries might be considered by the EJTC.
We must ensure that you have the three (3) prerequisite courses for electrical apprenticeship successfully completed. Foreign transcripts will need to be evaluated by a credential evaluation service. See www.bcit.ca/ices for more information. Please note that it takes approximately 4 weeks to obtain an evaluation report, which must be submitted before the deadline with your application form, transcript and resume.
Please note that the prerequisite courses for electrical apprenticeship and for our Electrical Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course do differ slightly.
To some degree, this depends on the province you are from. Contact the EJTC office for details.
Yes. Contact the EJTC office for details.
We do not have any type of application fee at this time.
Our Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) course is now offered six (6) times a year: every January, March, May, July, September, and November – although we only advertise one course at a time. We do this because we do not keep a waiting list.
No. When we receive applications, we assume you are applying for the course currently being offered so be sure to check the dates carefully.
No. As we are a Designated institution with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), the minimum program admission requirements may not be waived by either the institution or the student. Therefore, we must make sure that you have the three (3) prerequisite courses or equivalent courses successfully completed. Foreign transcripts will need to be evaluated by a credential evaluation service. See www.bcit.ca/ices for more information. Please note that it takes approximately 4 weeks to obtain an evaluation report. This must be submitted to the EJTC as part of your complete package with your application form, transcript and resume before the application deadline.
Submit your official transcript(s) with your application form and resume. We are familiar with many of the course equivalents across most provinces. If we cannot verify that you meet the three prerequisites, you will need to have your transcript evaluated at that time. Please note that it is recommended that you submit your paperwork as soon as possible just in case your transcript needs to be evaluated. It takes approximately 4 weeks to obtain an evaluation report.
This course is full-time day school – Monday through Friday (except holidays and Professional Development days). Hours for our January, May and September sessions are 8:00AM – 3:30PM. For our March, July and November sessions, hours are 7:30AM – 3:00 PM.
As class is always in session and because we cannot disturb them during school, we do not have opportunities for any tours at this time. We may be able to offer this in the future through information sessions and/or open houses.
No. The ELTT course is a stand-alone public course with no guarantee of continued employment with the EJTC (IBEW L. 213). This course is designed to give the student an idea of what the electrical trade is about and what it’s like to be an electrical apprentice.
Successful completion of this course is equivalent to the first level of technical training in electrical apprenticeship in BC. Our electrical union contractors prefer to hire graduates from our program because not only have they have completed Level 1 technical training, they’ve also had 10 weeks of valuable work experience.
Although we cannot guarantee employment after the course, it should be noted that we do go through a selection process to choose the successful candidates for our class. We select full-time apprenticeship candidates from this program, based on work availability.
Our Electrical ELTT course is equivalent to Level 1 technical training per the ITA and has ten (10) weeks of paid work experience built into the 25-week program.
The process to apply for any type of funding must be first initiated by the student. This process can only be started once you have received confirmation of acceptance as a student from the EJTC. After that, yes, we will assist you with the completion of the required paperwork as needed per the funding agency.
You can call the EJTC at 604-571-6540. We can tell you about the training options and what you need to qualify.