Camosun is Vancouver Island's largest provider of trades training, and is known for training excellence in more than 20 trades and apprenticeship programs.
Design, build and power your career.
As an Electrical student, you are part of our School of Trades & Technology.
The School of Trades & Technology plays a vital role in training tradespeople, technicians, technologists and artisans on Southern Vancouver Island. We offer a variety of programs and courses to meet your needs, whether you're just starting out or ready to advance your career, or looking for personal interest courses through Continuing Education. Learn more.
From Foundation to Apprenticeship
Foundation and Pre-employment programs
Foundation and pre-employment certificate programs run six to ten months each and provide a comprehensive introduction to the trade. These programs combine in-class learning with hands-on practical skills, making you well-positioned for entry-level employment or to being an apprenticeship. Foundation programs also provide a head-start on apprenticeship training by covering the technical learning outcomes required in your first apprenticeship year. Foundation grads receive credit for Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required training hours.
Technical training for registered Apprentices
If you've already been hired as an apprentice, you can get all your required technical training at Camosun without starting in the Foundation program. Learn more.
Member of the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
The Industry Training Authority (ITA) leads and coordinates British Columbia's skilled trades system. The ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades.
Established in 2004, the ITA is a provincial crown agency and governed by a nine-person Board of Directors. Learn more.
Electrical Foundation graduates have found employment and/or apprenticeships in every facet of the electrical industry including construction, shipyard wiring & maintenance, pulp and paper industry, refineries, commercial and residential wiring, building maintenance, motor winding, energy management & controls, data cabling and power distribution.
There are over 100 businesses employing electricians in Victoria alone. Here are some of our business associations, contractors and heavy industries:
- Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia
- Houle Electric
- Canem Systems Ltd
- Emery Electric Ltd
- Brewis Electric Company Ltd
- Philbrooks IT
- EMR Electromagnetic Solutions
- Bridge Systems Ltd
- Victoria Shipyard
As an apprentice
Our program will prepare you with the terminology, skills, and basic safety training desired by employers. Your ability to communicate clearly, be on-time, work-hard and take initiative will show your employer your commitment to the trade. As an assistant to a journeyman, being able to to problem-solve and take charge will result in an increase of your responsibilities and advancement in the field.
Throughout Vancouver Island the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 230, organizes all electrical workers to promote reasonable work conditions, secure employment, job security, and foster apprenticeship training of journeymen and women in the electrical industry. Learn more.
As an electrician, you can earn an average annual salary starting at $44,000 per year.