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Electrical Trades Foundation

What You’ll Learn

Starting it right

While practicing your skills, you’ll learn the basics of the electrical trade, and you’ll be able to enter your apprenticeship with advanced work credits, safe work practices and proven technical skills.

What to expect

Located at our Interurban campus, the Electrical Foundation Program is a 24-week program designed to prepare you for employment in the Electrical Industry. The knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable you to become a valuable and safe apprentice have been developed by the assistance and support of the Electrical Industry.

The curriculum is organized into competencies under the major categories of Common Core, Occupational Core and Electrical Specialty. The course is a combination of technical knowledge and required practical shop skills.

The training facilities for all Electrical training programs are located at our Interurban Campus. Practical and/or lab activities for both our foundation and apprenticeship training will take place within our Electrical Shop area. The 6,000 sq. ft. (557 sq. meters) shop is divided into areas so that specific tasks are easily accomplished with equipment made readily available.

You should be in good physical health and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

Apprenticeship Training

Camosun also offers all four levels of technical training required to get your ticket. If you are already in an apprenticeship with an employer sponsor, you may take your required technical training at Camosun on a direct entry basis.

Camosun accepts applications on an ongoing basis for all levels. Please refer to the apprenticeship schedule, and pick up or download and print an apprentice application. PDF

Program courses

Course Instructional Hours
ELEC 110 Electrical Core Cluster 240 hrs
ELEC 120 Electrical Occupational Core 240 hrs
ELEC 130 Electrical Specialty 240 hrs

Students must achieve a cumulative average of 70% of all program courses to qualify for the certificate.

Upon completion, you will receive ITA Apprenticeship Technical Training credit for Level 1 towards completion of an Electrical Apprenticeship.


You'll learn to:

  • Safely and effectively utilize meters, tools and equipment prevalent in the electrical trade;
  • Install, troubleshoot and maintain electrical conductors, components and equipment in accordance with established standards, practices and codes;
  • Calculate electrical circuit quantities;
  • Use a logical thinking process for problem-solving and decision making;
  • Take responsibility for decisions and action; Communicate clearly and appropriately in written and spoken English and visual form;
  • Interact with others within groups or teams in ways that contribute to the effective working relationships and achievements of goals;
  • Creatively adapt to new challenges and technologies by applying and/or updating knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Picture yourself at Camosun!

  • Student wiring a breaker in a Electrical shop
  • Spring at Camosun College
  • Students working together as a cohort
  • Proud graduates
  • Working with power in the shop
  • Level 4 apprentices in class
  • Hanging out in the sun
  • Final Lab in the foundation program
  • Camosun pillars - our words to live by.
Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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