Electrical students

Electrical Foundation, Certificate

Bringing electrical systems to life

Program at a glance



Area of Study

Trades & Apprenticeship

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Work experience


Open to International



24 weeks

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If you’re interested in a high demand and exciting career as an electrician, Camosun’s Electrical Foundation program will give you the basics for entry level employment and apprenticeships.


The 24-week Electrical Foundation program combines theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience to prepare you for initial entry into the electrical trade. After earning the foundation certificate, you will be well-prepared to begin an apprenticeship, where you will continue your hands-on learning, working side-by-side with an electrical journeyman to install, maintain, design and upgrade a wide variety of electrical systems.

There are limitless possibilities as electrical work includes commercial and residential wiring systems, heating, lighting and power distribution systems, electrical and alternate (green) energy generating equipment, alarm and data systems, and industrial systems.

Hands-on learning

Throughout this competency-based program, you will spend significant time in the lab developing skills and techniques that are needed within the industry. You'll be exposed to on-the-job conditions, so come prepared to work in a number of different simulations and environments.

Your ability to apply theory in lab settings will give you real-world experience to prepare you for the tasks you will be asked to perform in your subsequent apprenticeship. Our instructors will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success throughout the program.

Next up: Apprenticeship

As a graduate, you'll have the technical skills and education equivalent to that of a first-year apprentice. You will also receive equivalent credit for Apprenticeship Level 1 technical training as well as some of the required work-based training hours in the electrical apprenticeship program. Camosun also offers the next levels of technical training you’ll need as you proceed through your four-year apprenticeship in this Red Seal trade.

For more details regarding this Industry Training Authority accredited program, please review the ITA Electrical program profile.

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An investment in your career

Invest in yourself! This foundation program can prepare you for entry into an apprenticeship: gain paid industry experience, while you work towards your ticket.

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Estimated tuition

Effective from September 1, 2021 to August 31, 2022.

$2,515 (domestic)

Additional Student Fees

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.

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? Get your application in for the next intake.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip: Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

One of:

And one of:

  • C in Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
  • C in MATH 057 

Note: ​If you don't have one of the preferred math requirements the college will accept a "C" or higher in Foundations of Math 11, or Pre-calculus 11, or Applications of Math 11, or Principles of Math 11, or MATH 073 or MATH 137.

For more detailed information about this program and specific admission requirements, see the Academic Calendar.

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Our Teaching Staff

Camosun College is fiercely proud of the excellent quality of its instruction. Our teaching staff are experienced, inspiring and supportive of our students’ individual journeys.

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Carmen deGoey Chair, Electrical Department

Carmen deGoey

Chair, Electrical Department

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Michael Schroeder

Program Leader, Electrical Foundation

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John Bain

Instructor, Electrical

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Dan Daigle

Dan Daigle

Instructor, Electrical

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Harj Dosanjh

Harj Dosanjh

Instructor, Electrical

Harj started his apprenticeship for an “Industrial Electrician” at Victoria Plywood having opportunities to work on motor control and troubleshooting ...

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Jose Tomines

Instructor, Electrical

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Peter Vos

Peter Vos

Instructor, Electrical

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Cuma Yilmaz

Instructor, Electrical

  Cuma started his apprenticeship training in 1989 at the age of 17 in Germany working in commercial and industrial construction. Large projec ...

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Contact information

Carmen deGoey

Campus location

Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Road
Victoria BC V9E 2C1

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Interurban Campus