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Pre-Employment Electrical

Pre Employment Electrical

This certificate program creates opportunities for learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values for successful entry into a career as an Electrician.  Electricians install, alter, repair, and maintain electrical systems that provide heat, light power, signal, or fire alarms for all types of buildings and structures.

Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to challenge the first-period electrical technical training and practical exam to obtain employment as apprentices in the Electrical trade.


Electricians may be involved in construction or maintenance or work in residential, commercial, institutional, or industrial settings. Employers are currently looking for apprenticeship candidates who have demonstrated an interest and skill in the electrical trade and seek the job readiness that graduates of this program possess. 

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FALL 2022 - November 14, 2022

WINTER/SPRING 2023 - March 1, 2023

Delivery Method:



 $5100 + GST

*payment plans available, email us for more details.



12 weeks - Full-time



Admission Recommendations:

There are no prior learning or approved equivalencies for this course.

It is recommended that students meet the current minimum entrance requirements for the Electrical apprenticeship program as per Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training, including passing marks in: 

  • Mathematics 30-3 
  • English 30-2 
  • Science 30 or Chemistry 30 or Physics 30 

Red Deer Polytechnic admission recommendations for this program are as follows: 

  • Mathematics 20-3 
  • English 20-2 
  • Science 10 or equivalent 

Program Details:

Learners in this program complete the same curriculum as a first-year apprentice, two safety tickets, and learn to build a trades resume. This course encompasses an average of 30 hours of direct instruction per week with an additional 6 to 10 hours of homework per week.  

Throughout this program, learners will learn to understand industry terminology and basic skills in electrical through theoretical learning and practical hands-on practice. Learning is further enhanced with class visits, industry speakers, and site visits. 

Upon successfully completing first-year technical training (65% overall grade and attendance of 90%), learners are eligible to attempt the First Year Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training provincial exam. A grade of 70% is required to successfully pass the provincial exam. 

Program Materials & Fees:

Tuition includes:

  • AIT government exam
  • Two safety tickets 
  • $400 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration 

Additional costs: 

Books/ILMs: approx. $450 

  • Electrical 101 ILM Complete Package and Lab Package 
  • Canadian Electrical Code with pocket reference 

Personal Protective Equipment: approx. $300 

Students must supply: 

  • Safety glasses (dark shade not permitted) 
  • Steel-toed ankle high leather boots (CSA) 
  • Binders, paper, pens 
  • Pocket notebook 

College Technical Fee: $120 

Activity and Wellness Fee: $22 

How to Register:

Registration is available online 24/7. Both Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. If you are a business or organization looking to register one or more employees, contact us for information on setting up a Company Profile.

  • Click to Register Now
  • Select desired courses and add to cart
  • Create an/Sign into account
  • Click Checkout, follow prompts
  • You are done!

You have questions, we have answers. Contact us by extended [dot] ed [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca (email) or call 403.356.4900

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