Electrical Foundation, Certificate

Bringing electrical systems to life. 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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Program at a glance



Work experience


Study options


Open to International


Area of study

Trades Foundation


24 weeks

Start dates vary

Find program start dates under the Admissions tab.

Gain confidence

Start dates vary

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.

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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 Red Seal Certified Electrician/Instructor 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 SkilledTradesBC accredited program, please review the SkilledTradesBC Electrical program profile.

Check it out: Virtual Trades Information Session

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.

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Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

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.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2024, to August 31, 2025

Estimated tuition

Tuition estimates are for the entire program.

Electrical Foundation, Certificate

$2,670 (domestic)

Domestic tuition fees vary depending on the individual course fees for the classes you select.

Student fees

In addition to tuition estimates, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards 

Curriculum & courses

Admission requirements

One of:

  • C in English 12 
  • C in English 12 Camosun Alternative  

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.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar: Loading...

Missing admission requirements?

You may be able to take an assessment or upgrade with us.


Program start dates

Training will take place at Interurban Campus. Contact Registration to confirm seat availability*, 250-370-3550.

Start DateEnd Date
March 11, 2024August 23, 2024
May 21, 2024November 1, 2024
August 26, 2024February 21, 2025
October 15, 2024April 4, 2025
January 6, 2025June 20, 2025
March 17, 2025August 29, 2025

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Need help applying?

Find out more on How to Apply or speak to an Admissions Advisor.

Contact us

If you have admissions questions contact the Admissions office.

For questions about the program contact 250-370-3856tradesinfo@camosun.ca or the Department Chair.

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Specialty programs

Camosun offers specialty programs to support trades education for Women and Indigenous people. 

Contact information

Trades Apprenticeship Office

Campus location

Centre for Trades and Technology building (CTEI), room 102

Location link

Interurban Campus




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