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Herzing College Skilled Trades
Electrician Pre-apprenticeship Program
Learn how to install and repair electrical wiring, fixtures, and controls. Hands-on training in the Electrical Code, blueprints, estimating and job safety. Get help to land a paid electrician apprenticeship after graduation. Tools and safety gear included.
Electrician Pre-apprenticeship Training: Your First Step to Become a Licensed Electrician
Construction and maintenance electricians work on new builds and existing residential, industrial, and commercial structures. They install and repair wiring, fixtures, control devices, and other equipment.
Electrician is a regulated trade in Ontario. That means you must complete an apprenticeship and earn a Certificate of Qualification to become a licensed electrician.
The process includes the following steps:
- Complete 8160 hours of on-the-job training as an electrician apprentice
- Complete 840 in-class hours of electrician training
- Pass the electrician certification exam
- Become a certified, registered journeyperson in the trade
Electrician pre-apprenticeship training is your first step. Employers prefer to hire electrician apprentices who already have practical skills and safety knowledge.
Having these fundamental skills gives you a strong competitive edge over other job applicants.
Once you land an apprenticeship, you’ll be earning money while you complete your certification and become a licensed electrician.
Herzing College Electrician Pre-apprenticeship Program
The goal of our Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program is to get you hired as an electrician apprentice. This training focuses on electrical construction and maintenance, combined with estimating skills.
You will learn from licensed electricians with years of industry experience. We know exactly what employers look for when hiring apprentices, and have built our program around those skills.
- 24-week program
- Licensed instructors with years of industry experience
- State-of-the-art training facility that simulates a real work environment
- Multiple program start-dates throughout the year
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Loans, government training grants, and scholarships may be available for students who qualify (our Admissions team will help you apply)
Our Electrician Training Includes Valuable Safety Certifications
Employers prefer to hire electrician apprentices who have already completed job safety training. Our Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program includes the following industry-standard safety certificates:
- Working at Heights
- Elevating Work Platforms
- Lockout & Tag Safety
- Scaffold Users’ Hazard Awareness
- Confined Spaces Hazard Awareness
There is steady demand for electrician apprentices and licensed electricians across Ontario. The healthy construction industry is creating jobs for electricians for both residential and commercial projects.
Plus, the Ontario government’s investment in infrastructure and new facilities for healthcare and education is generating employment for electricians and electrician apprentices.
Job Options for Electrician Pre-apprenticeship Program Graduates
Our graduates often get hired as electrician apprentices in the residential construction industry. Others find work in commercial and factory settings. However, there are many other job options available.
Electrician career paths include:
- Construction and maintenance of residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings
- Renovation and restoration
- Factory maintenance
- Service technician
- Sales (wholesale and retail)
- Industrial electrician (installing, maintaining, and repairing the electronic components of industrial equipment)
- Lineworker (installing and maintaining high-voltage power lines)
- Security and fire alarm system installation
- Fiber optics
- Electrical contractor
Who Hires Our Grads?
Graduates of our Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program have been hired by:
Herzing’s Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program teaches the skills employers want in a new apprentice. Study topics include electrical and job site safety, conduit bending, wire pulling, installing fixtures, and the Canadian Electrical Code.
In this program you will learn:
- The fundamentals of electrical theory related to circuits and installations
- How to perform electrical calculations
- How to interpret and apply the Canadian Electrical Code
- How to build a functioning electrical circuit
- How to install electrical fixtures and equipment
- Basics for putting together a price estimate for a construction project
- How to read blueprints
- How to accurately measure take-offs for materials
Click to see a detailed description of pre-apprenticeship electrician courses.
In this course students will learn best practices and how to work safely with Hazardous Materials, operate a variety of safety devices and equipment. They will understand the requirements that will need to be met to be in compliance with the Ministry of Labour on the job site.
In this course students will learn the fundamentals behind how Electrical Circuitry works. They will understand how to apply Ohm’s Law and Kirchhoff’s Law to calculate missing values. They will understand the do’s and don’ts when installing equipment. They will learn the terms and terminology of the equipment used by Construction Maintenance Electricians.
In this course students will learn how to navigate through the Canadian Electrical Code book.
They will learn how to interpret and apply the code in practical applications. They will understand that Code is Law and that it must be followed.
In this course students will learn how to build a functioning electrical circuit. They apply the lessons learned from the theoretical courses in practical applications. They will understand the do’s and don’ts when installing equipment. They will learn how to identify the differences between devices and their correct applications.
Students will understand the role of an estimator. They will be introduced to the role of an estimator and learn what basic assistance they will be providing in a junior position; from calculating various statistical data to researching historical data. Students will be exposed to a full estimating procedure from start to finish. This module will also review necessary mathematical skills for the estimating sector.
In this course students will learn how to calculate various statistical data quantity takeoffs, material price list, labor costs, and equipment. They will learn how junior estimators assist with obtaining scopes of work and pricing from sub-contractors and suppliers. Students learn how to make estimates and take-offs from all sources of material, blueprints, manual drawings and electronic simulations.
What you need to get started.
- Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent, or a mature student
- Pass an entrance test administrated by Herzing College
- Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
- Meet any additional program specific entrance requirements
Why Choose this Program?
Herzing’s Electrician Pre-apprenticeship program is designed to get you hired as an electrician apprentice. This training is fast, flexible, and taught by certified experts. Here’s why Herzing College Skilled Trades should be your first choice:
- Affordable 24-week program that gets you job-ready fast
- Learn the fundamentals of electrical theory, installation, and job safety employers are looking for
- Our training workshop simulates a real work environment
- Herzing College is a Merit Ontario, CLAC Union-approved training facility
- Eligible grads are admitted to Merit Ontario and CLAC union
- Tools and safety gear are included in your tuition
- Valuable safety certifications are included in your training
- Our Career Development team helps you create your resume, apply for electrician apprenticeships, and prepare for interviews
- We connect graduates with available jobs through our industry partners
- We help you apply for government training grants, loans, and scholarships, which may lower tuition costs for eligible students
- Small class sizes, fun learning environment, great staff
- Herzing College has a 55-year track record of respected career training