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Apprenticeship/Electrician


After starting an electrical apprenticeship (over 5000 hours and year 2 courses) in different province (Nova Scotia) is it possible to finish the apprenticeship in Ontario?
Are there any recognized online training courses that can assist me with starting my way to becoming an Electrician. I have a electrician background from my country, but I did not have the chance to obtain my license due coming here.
Are there rules for wages an electrical apprentice receives or is it determined by the employer?
Are you able to take a year off of your apprenticeship and then continue when you get back? Say after the 1st or 2nd year?
As an apprentice with 2600 hours in BC (who needs 6000), I have been offered a contract. How long can I keep those 2600 for without loosing them?
Can a 2nd or 3rd year non-union apprentice join the union without losing hours?
Can a person holding a 309C license work on a construction job site under a 309A license holder as his trainer?
Can I receive any credit hours for completed education?
Can I start apprenticeship, if i am still holding just an open work permit and not a permanent residence-ship?
Can I work as an apprentice in Ontario with a "construction electricity" diploma from Québec? Do I have to take others courses?
Can someone explain the wage package in a bit more detail? What is deducted, what is remitted on the employee
Can the education portion of an electrical apprentiship be completed at niight school or does it have to be done during day classes
Do you have to be a licensed electrician when doing maintenance work, if you have electrical training, lock out, test, and wear all PPE to change a ballast in a fluorescent lighting fixture?
Does a first year apprentice have any vacation days available to him/her?
Does a pre-apprentice make any money? If so what is the rate?
Does colorblindness restrict people who want to become electricians?
How can an electrician from El Salvador become an electrician in Canada? Does he have to start from scratch or does the certificate from over there and experience count for something here?
How can I apply to become an electrical apprentice?
How closely should an apprentice be supervised? For example, does any code of conduct require a licensed electrician to be always on-site when apprentices are completing work?
How difficult is it to get accepted into an electrical apprenticeship program when applying at local apprenticeship councils, specifically JAC in Toronto?
How do I become an Electrician?
How do I find an Electrical Apprenticeship in the ICI Sector? Do I have to register somewhere first?
How do I obtain a sample question or pre-exam for industrial electrician to do on my own or by correspondence.
How long is an electrical apprenticeship?
How long is the wait once you have been accepted for an apprenticeship?
How long of a wait period is needed between getting my 309A and getting a masters license.
How much money does a first year apprentice electrician make?
I am a certified Industrial Electrician (442A) licenced by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. I am unemployed; how can I join join the union?
I am a licensed electrician in Australia, and am planning to immigrate to Toronto, Canada. What requirements do I need to fulfill to become a licensed electrican in Canada?
I am a new immigrant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I am an electrician. I did 2 years industrial electrician vocational training and 6 months apprenticeship. I need 1st year apprenticeship information in Toronto.
I am a registered 309A Construction and Maintainence Electrician, and started working with a unionized company 7 months ago. I was told that I would be registered with the union however have not been thusfar. Who shall I contact to resolve this issue?
I am a registered apprentice and want to know how to join the union?
I am a third year apprentice with a non-union company. I would very much like to join the union but do not want my hours to be cut. Is there any way around this?
I am an electrician from Australia, and I am just curious what I have to do to work as an electrician in Canada?
I am an Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technician Graduate, and have 17 years experience in Industrial Electrical Control Systems. What do I need to do to become a certified electrician?
I am currently a 442A industrial electrician. I am interested in obtaining my construction maintenance license. What do I need to do?
I am currently enrolled in a one year pre-apprentice program at Canadore College. I was told after completion I could take something of a challenge test for basic. Is this true? If so, where could this be done?
I am in the process of relocating to Ontario from Australia. I have an Queensland electrical fitter mechanic's license with extensive experience in high voltage installation and maintenance. I would like to find out what I am require to do.
I am interested in becoming an electrician and I understand that I need to complete a 9000 hr apprenticeship first. I have an electrical technologist diploma from Niagara College (3 year program with co-op) and I was wondering if this education is worth a
I am looking for apprentice opportunities, Can I pay for my own class time education or is the company for which I work committed to this?
I am looking to change companies. Will the hours I work for the new company count if they do not transfer my hours?
I am wondering what I require in order to be eligible to challenge the residential electrician exam in order to obtain my certificate of qualification for residential work.
I came over from Hungary and have finished as a high endurance electrician in the school in '92. I also have 3 years industrial and 6 years of contractor experience. What do I have to do to be able to work here in Canada as a licensed electrician?
I completed my 1st year scooling a few years back at SAIT in Calgary. I have recently moved to BC and am looking to get back into electrical. I have several years of experience in the field. How do I continue my apprenticeship with documentation?
I currently hold a 442A license. What is required for me to challenge the 309 C of Q Exam? And would I be given a 309A when I pass, or a 309D because of my electronics experience as an Industrial Electrician?
I did an apprenticeship recognized by the Ministry of Trade and am a cert. technician in the industial electrical field. I also have a diploma in Electro-mechanics.(College) What more would I have to do to become a licenced electrician.
I graduated high school almost ten years ago, but did not take grade 12 math or physics. I have since completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at University. Are the missing credits from high school an issue with regards to starting an apprenticeship?
I have a Jouneyman level license in the state of Colorado. Could I transfer my license to Canada?
I have a journeyman's certificate and have passed the journeyman´s examination for electrical installation work in a country outside Canada. Am I considered an Electrician in Canada?
I have a Substation Electrician Journeyman Ticket. Is it possible to write the exam for a 309A without doing the 9000 hourr apprenticeship?
I have completed over 9000 hours but I have only finished basic trade school. Can my boss vouch for me so I can go write the exam?
I have got my 442A (C of Q) and I'm unemployed. I would like to know if I can join the union (IBEW) and become a member or do I have to get a job first?
I have my interprovincial electrician's licence (red seal) class HC and am currently thinking about relocating to Ontario. Does this transfer to the 309?
I immigrated to Canada and I want to be a licensed electrician. I have many years of experience of working and I am currently working for a Canadian electric company. I want to write an exam to be a licensed electrician.
I just completed my electrical engineering technician course at Mohawk and graduated with Dean's honours. Am I eligible to write my 442 red seal exam now?
I recently decided that I would like to pursue an apprenticeship in the electrician field, however, I did not complete high school. Is the GED recognized as a valid prerequisite to apply as an apprentice?
I started a industrial electrician apprenticeship and completed almost 1900 hrs. I was indentured with the Ministry of Training July 2011. My employer was bought by another company and stopped all apprenticeship
I want to become a commerical electrician. Do I have to do a certian one or any apprenticeship with an electrician will work.
I would like to get into the electricle field , does the 309a licence let me work in the ICI field of construction and if i were to take the corse through a recognized school does it count towards and appentiship or would i still have to work 5000 hours b
If a unregistered apprentice works for a year and a half and is layed off befor being signed, how can he register his hours?
If I begin my apprenticeship for a 442A license and then decide to switch to a 309A license. Can I do so without any repercussions?
If I have a 309A license can I work as an industrial 442 electrician or do I have to do an apprenticeship again like the ministry has told me, I thought that I could simply write the 442 license as I have already apprenticed passed the 309A red seal.
If I have a company that is sponsoring me, can I still register through the JAC with only a grade 11 education?
I'm currently in highschool, and once I graduate I want to start an electrical apprenticeship as a union member. What steps do I need to take in order to accomplish this?
I'm from greece and I have worked as an electrician almost 8 years. I had 3 years of technical school (1 year only school and next 2 years with 4 days per week practicing while 2 days school). I finished those 3 years and now I'm working in a company.
In an industrial setting, what is the difference between what work an industrial electrician (442A), a 309A, and a master electrician can legally perform?
In the Q&A it states an electrical education program could count in the hours required to become an electrician. Where do I find out if the program I took at "La Cite Collegiale" (a french college) in Ottawa, Ontario can count?
Is a 442A license good at multiple locations for servicing specific industrial equipment, if you are not self-employed?
Is there an age restriction for electrical apprenticeship?
Is work experience a main requirement when applying for an electrical apprenticeship?
My friend is an apprentice, and is attending apprenticeship school classes - 1st term. Does his hours at school count as part of his hours required for completion of his apprenticeship?
This is actually for my boyfriend he just finished his 2nd year in electrical technician at cambrian college, he is looking for an apprenticeship now, where would it be good for him to look and get one?
What are the benefits for this job? Vacations?
What courses do a highschool graduate need to have to start their electrical apprenticeship?
What Education is required to become an electrical apprentice?
What government body would I contact to find out the limitations that my C of Q (309C) has in another province/territory? What level of apprenticeship or electrician can I formally document when I move from Ontario?
What if during an electrical apprenticeship a woman has to take time off for pregancy. Is there a maximum amount of time allowed to complete an apprenticeship e.g. instead of 5 years, what if it may take 7 years?
What if I already had an Electrical Certification from another Country?
What if you have your high school diploma, but you do not have your grade 12 math or physics credit; however you want to join the union and do your electrical apprenticeship? Best route to take?
What Interprovincial or Red Seal do I need to work in British Columbia and/or Alberta?
What is 1st period apprentice pay rate?
What is a passing grade on the mechanical aptitude test at the JAC?
What is the average hourly rate for a commercial/industrial electrician in the Ottawa area?
what is the average hourly rate for an electrician in British Columbia
What is the difference between LRR and ICI? Are the pay scales the same?
What is the pay rate for an apprentice of 1-3 years in a non union company?
What licence or C of Q would one need to write to work strictly as a Rural Residential electrician? Would this be the C&M?
What type of work does an electrician do?
What would be considered a fair journeyman labour rate for a comtemplated change notice in today's market place.
What would be the duties and responsibilities of a Master Electrician working for a company with regards to other electricians and apprentices? Does management dictate who can do what?
When will ECA Hamilton be taking apprenticeship applications?
Where do I go to obtain a C of Q for electrical? Is there somewhere I go or online options? I am also inquiring in regards to an apprenticeship in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
After starting an electrical apprenticeship (over 5000 hours and year 2 courses) in different province (Nova Scotia) is it possible to finish the apprenticeship in Ontario?
Yes, you need to contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities to have your documentation evaluated and to determine placement into the apprenticeship system in Ontario. The MTCU website is www.tcu.gov.on.ca
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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Are there any recognized online training courses that can assist me with starting my way to becoming an Electrician. I have a electrician background from my country, but I did not have the chance to obtain my license due coming here.
Electrical apprenticeship is 80% on the job training and 20% in class training at trade school. Electrical apprenticeship cannot be completed through part time studies.
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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Are there rules for wages an electrical apprentice receives or is it determined by the employer?
If an apprentice is unionized then the wages are determined under a collective agreement, if an apprentice is non union then the wages are determined based on the shop rate of the journeyman.
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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Are you able to take a year off of your apprenticeship and then continue when you get back? Say after the 1st or 2nd year?
Apprenticeship is a full time program, it is not recommended to take time off during the Contract of Apprenticeship.
Last Updated: 7-10-2012
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As an apprentice with 2600 hours in BC (who needs 6000), I have been offered a contract. How long can I keep those 2600 for without loosing them?
Contact the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia office at the following link: www.eca.bc.ca
Last Updated: 8-13-2012
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Can a 2nd or 3rd year non-union apprentice join the union without losing hours?
Crediting of previous work experience hours is determined by the individual areas, which may vary.
Last Updated: 6-6-2011
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Can a person holding a 309C license work on a construction job site under a 309A license holder as his trainer?
A person holding a 309C Domestic & Rural license is one who can only “perform work of an electrician in the construction, erection, repair, remodeling or alteration of houses, multiple dwelling buildings containing six or fewer dwellings, or buildings or structures used for farming, or who performs maintenance to electrical equipment in houses, multiple dwelling buildings containing six or fewer dwellings or farms. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1051, s. 2(3)”.

However, there is nothing stopping someone with a 309A license (Construction & Maintenance) from working in the residential sector. There are many individuals with a 309A license that train in this sector.

An individual with a 309C license can upgrade to a 309A license “upon completion of a further period of training and instruction of 2,000 hours that shall include a course of study approved by the Director. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1051, s. 6.”

This further period of training and instruction of 2,000 hours would be required in a Construction & Maintenance environment.
Last Updated: 1-5-2009
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Can I receive any credit hours for completed education?
Some programs do reduce the contract of apprenticeship in recognition for high school credits and in some cases for post secondary education courses. These are reviewed on an individual case by case basis.


Last Updated: 2-12-2008
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Can I start apprenticeship, if i am still holding just an open work permit and not a permanent residence-ship?
No, you must have either landed resident status or be a Canadian citizen.
Last Updated: 9-27-2012
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Can I work as an apprentice in Ontario with a "construction electricity" diploma from Québec? Do I have to take others courses?
The “Construction Electricity” diploma from Quebec exceeds the minimum educational requirements for an electrical apprenticeship in Ontario, so you should be able to start working as a first year apprentice in Ontario once you find an employer willing to employ you.

In Ontario, the in-school training takes place in three sessions at intervals during the apprenticeship. Basic Trade School (8 weeks long), Intermediate (10 weeks) and Advanced (10 weeks) are required in addition to the 9000 hours of work experience. To determine if the Quebec “Construction Electricity” diploma allows you to skip any or all of the Ontario trade school sessions, contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.edu.gov.on.ca.


Last Updated: 12-16-2008
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Can someone explain the wage package in a bit more detail? What is deducted, what is remitted on the employee
The wage package in the Principal Agreement between the Electrical Trade Bargaining Agency and the IBEW/IBEW Construction Council of Ontario includes Vacation Pay, Statutory Holiday Pay and Unions Funds (RRSP/Pension, Administration, Health & Welfare, etc.). The Union Funds vary by Local Union. If you are a member of the IBEW, please contact your Local Union for details or to obtain a copy of the Principal Agreement.
Last Updated: 5-27-2011
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Can the education portion of an electrical apprentiship be completed at niight school or does it have to be done during day classes
Please refer to our website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician. Information pertaining to the apprenticeship as well as contact information is outlined in this section of the website. The in school training (trade school) is done during the day time. There are two options; 1. Block release which is every day for the duration of a particular level and 2. Day release which is held once a week for the duration of a particular level.
Last Updated: 12-16-2009
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Do you have to be a licensed electrician when doing maintenance work, if you have electrical training, lock out, test, and wear all PPE to change a ballast in a fluorescent lighting fixture?
With an exemption of this nature, there are three Ministries that should be consulted for clarification; Ontario Ministry of Labour www.labour.gov.on.ca , Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities www.tcu.gov.on.ca and the Electrical Safety Authority www.esainspection.net.
Last Updated: 1-13-2009
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Does a first year apprentice have any vacation days available to him/her?
Yes, a first year apprentice is eligible for vacation as per the Employment Standards Act. For more details please click on the link to the Employment Standards Act http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_00e41_e.htm
Last Updated: 5-26-2009
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Does a pre-apprentice make any money? If so what is the rate?
If an apprentice is part of the IBEW/ECAO pre-pprenticeship program, they are paid. The rate is determined through the collective agreement.
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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Does colorblindness restrict people who want to become electricians?
Not in all cases.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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How can an electrician from El Salvador become an electrician in Canada? Does he have to start from scratch or does the certificate from over there and experience count for something here?
The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities will need to see his Certification documents from El Salvador along with five years proof of experience after his certification. For more details on certification contact the MTCU at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 7-6-2011
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How can I apply to become an electrical apprentice?
How can I apply to become an electrical apprentice?

Refer to the list below of Local Apprenticeship Committees in your area.

Additional websites to visit for more information on the career of Electrician are at:

www.ibew.com
www.edu.gov.on.ca
Check out the local apprenticeship council in your area


CENTRAL ONTARIO
Tel: (519) 742-8319
Fax: (519) 742-0583 Contact: Sue Dalyk
Email: sdalyk@ibew804.ca
Website: www.ibew804.ca
GEORGIAN BAY
Tel: (416) 675-3226
Fax: (416) 675-7736
Contact: Eryl Roberts
Email: eroberts@ecao.org

GREATER TORONTO
Tel: (905) 882-6484
Fax: (905) 882-9757 Contact: Dana Henriques
Email: dhenriques@electricalapprenticeship.ca
Website: www.electricalapprenticeship.ca
HAMILTON
Tel: (905) 522-1070
Fax: (905) 572-9166 Contact: Denise Stokes
Email: ecah@on.aibn.com
LONDON
Tel: (519) 268-1060
Fax: (519) 268-1061 Contact: Wayne Crockett
Email: wcrockett@lockerbiehole.com
NIAGARA PENINSULA
Tel: (905) 688-0376
Fax: (905) 688-5723 Contact: Sue Phillips
Email: ecaniagara@bellnet.ca
NORTHERN ONTARIO
Tel:(705) 254-1315
Fax: (705) 254-5601 Contact: Ken Hewett
Email:khewett@shaw.ca
OSHAWA & DISTRICT
Tel: (705) 786-2606
Fax: (705) 786-3943 Contact: Bill Debosky
Email: ecaoshawa@i-zoom.net
OTTAWA
Tel: (613) 238-1124
Fax: (613) 238-8194 Contact: Dan Brennan
Email: dan@ecaottawa.org
Website: www.ecaottawa.org
QUINTE-ST. LAWRENCE
Tel: (613) 541-0633
Fax: (613) 541-0863 Contact: Todd Gervais
Email: gervaist@bellnet.ca
Website: www.electricalcontract.com
SARNIA
Tel: (519) 336-3003
Fax: (519) 336-3995 Contact: Dario Maola
Email: maolad@dmwelectrical.com
THUNDER BAY
Tel: (807) 623-4174
Fax: (807) 623-4572 Contact: Joanne Steeves-Keller
Email: ecatb@tbaytel.net
WINDSOR
Tel: (519) 948-2221
Fax: (519) 948-7670 Contact: Sol Furer
Email: solfurerlu773@on.aibn.com


Career Opportunities in the Electrical Industry


If you are thinking about the career of Electrician, you might want to take your thoughts one step further and consider your career goals options once you have become a certified Journeyman Electrician. The Certificate of Qualification is the first step to continuous learning in the trade. There are many career opportunities available to an individual in the electrical industry through continuing education and training programs. Some of these careers opportunities are:

Foreman
Estimator
Project Manager
Electrical Contractor
Electrical Engineer
Electrical Technician/Technologist
Safety Inspector
Instructor.

Last Updated: 2-12-2008
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How closely should an apprentice be supervised? For example, does any code of conduct require a licensed electrician to be always on-site when apprentices are completing work?
An apprentice electrician must work under the direct supervision of an electrician. TQAA; General Regulation 1055 sub-paragragh 8.1 states that, the regular daily hours of practical training and instructions of an apprentice shall not begin sooner or end later in each day than the regular working hours of the journeyperson with whom the apprentice is working.
Last Updated: 9-29-2011
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How difficult is it to get accepted into an electrical apprenticeship program when applying at local apprenticeship councils, specifically JAC in Toronto?
Applicants are selected based on their overall application score which is usually a combination of education, aptitude test score and interview score.
Last Updated: 9-29-2011
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How do I become an Electrician?
In order to become a licensed electrican in the Province of Ontario you must first complete an electrical apprenticeship.
Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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How do I find an Electrical Apprenticeship in the ICI Sector? Do I have to register somewhere first?
Please visit the ECAO website at www.ecao.org, click on Become an Electrician.

Last Updated: 12-16-2008
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How do I obtain a sample question or pre-exam for industrial electrician to do on my own or by correspondence.
The Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities can provide you with resources for preparing for the Certificate of Qualification exam, they can be reached at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

Another option would be to check with the various Community Colleges through their part time technical programs.
Last Updated: 7-3-2009
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How long is an electrical apprenticeship?
Under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act an electrical apprenticeship is 9000 hours (approximately five years). However, some union programs will require a pre apprenticeship program be completed before acceptance into the apprenticeship.


Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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How long is the wait once you have been accepted for an apprenticeship?
Waiting times vary from region to region anywhere from a few weeks up to a year, depending on the availability of work.
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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How long of a wait period is needed between getting my 309A and getting a masters license.
There is a three year period after certification before an electrician can apply for the masters license.
Last Updated: 9-22-2011
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How much money does a first year apprentice electrician make?
The unionized first year apprentice electrician wage package in Ontario (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009) ranges from $19.70 to $24.81 per hour depending on the local union jurisdiction.
The unionized journeyman electrician wage package in Ontario (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009) ranges from $49.93 to $51.89 per hour depending on the local union jurisdiction.
Last Updated: 1-12-2009
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I am a certified Industrial Electrician (442A) licenced by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. I am unemployed; how can I join join the union?
Contact the Local Union office in your area. To obtain a list of Local Union offices go to http://www.ecao.org/associations.html.
Last Updated: 3-6-2009
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I am a licensed electrician in Australia, and am planning to immigrate to Toronto, Canada. What requirements do I need to fulfill to become a licensed electrican in Canada?
Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.edu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 7-6-2011
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I am a new immigrant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I am an electrician. I did 2 years industrial electrician vocational training and 6 months apprenticeship. I need 1st year apprenticeship information in Toronto.
Contact the Joint Apprenticeship Council at 905-882-6484 or at www.electricalapprenticeship.ca for information on applying for electrical apprenticeship in the Toronto area.
Last Updated: 3-2-2011
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I am a registered 309A Construction and Maintainence Electrician, and started working with a unionized company 7 months ago. I was told that I would be registered with the union however have not been thusfar. Who shall I contact to resolve this issue?
Contact the local union in your area and speak to them directly about how to move the membership application forward. A complete list of unions can be found at www.ibew.org.
Last Updated: 12-5-2011
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I am a registered apprentice and want to know how to join the union?
Contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at www.ibew.org.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I am a third year apprentice with a non-union company. I would very much like to join the union but do not want my hours to be cut. Is there any way around this?
Acceptance of previous work experience hours varies from region to region and are done on a case by case basis.
Last Updated: 8-26-2010
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I am an electrician from Australia, and I am just curious what I have to do to work as an electrician in Canada?
Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.edu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 7-6-2011
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I am an Electronics and Electrical Engineering Technician Graduate, and have 17 years experience in Industrial Electrical Control Systems. What do I need to do to become a certified electrician?
Please visit our website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician for more information pertaining to electrical apprenticeship and contact information across the province.
Last Updated: 8-26-2010
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I am currently a 442A industrial electrician. I am interested in obtaining my construction maintenance license. What do I need to do?
In order to qualify for a 309A license you will be required to serve 4000 hours and complete the Advanced level of trade school of the Constructions & Maintenance program. MTCU will give you credit for approximately ½ of the hours and the Basic and Intermediate levels of trade school you completed under the 442A. For more information please contact your local MTCU branch office.
Last Updated: 6-17-2009
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I am currently enrolled in a one year pre-apprentice program at Canadore College. I was told after completion I could take something of a challenge test for basic. Is this true? If so, where could this be done?
Contact the local branch office of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities. Contact information can be found on their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 3-4-2011
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I am in the process of relocating to Ontario from Australia. I have an Queensland electrical fitter mechanic's license with extensive experience in high voltage installation and maintenance. I would like to find out what I am require to do.
Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.edu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 7-5-2011
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I am interested in becoming an electrician and I understand that I need to complete a 9000 hr apprenticeship first. I have an electrical technologist diploma from Niagara College (3 year program with co-op) and I was wondering if this education is worth a
In some cases this program is considered for a partial credit towards the apprenticeship.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I am looking for apprentice opportunities, Can I pay for my own class time education or is the company for which I work committed to this?
Typically the apprentice pays a portion of the trade school tuition for each level of trade school.
Last Updated: 11-3-2011
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I am looking to change companies. Will the hours I work for the new company count if they do not transfer my hours?
Contact your Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities consultant to ensure a Transfer of Contract is issued to the new employer which will document your transferring hours.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I am wondering what I require in order to be eligible to challenge the residential electrician exam in order to obtain my certificate of qualification for residential work.
You are required to have completed the 309C electrical apprenticeship which involves a total of 7,200 hours of on the job training along with successful completion of Basic and Intermediate levels of trade school.
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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I came over from Hungary and have finished as a high endurance electrician in the school in '92. I also have 3 years industrial and 6 years of contractor experience. What do I have to do to be able to work here in Canada as a licensed electrician?
Please contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.gov.on.ca for information pertaining to becoming licensed.
Last Updated: 12-5-2011
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I completed my 1st year scooling a few years back at SAIT in Calgary. I have recently moved to BC and am looking to get back into electrical. I have several years of experience in the field. How do I continue my apprenticeship with documentation?
Contact the Electrical Contractors Association of B.C. at eca@eca.bc.ca.
Last Updated: 12-5-2011
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I currently hold a 442A license. What is required for me to challenge the 309 C of Q Exam? And would I be given a 309A when I pass, or a 309D because of my electronics experience as an Industrial Electrician?
Contact your local branch office of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I did an apprenticeship recognized by the Ministry of Trade and am a cert. technician in the industial electrical field. I also have a diploma in Electro-mechanics.(College) What more would I have to do to become a licenced electrician.
Visit the ECAO website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician. General information pertaining to electrical apprenticeship can be found there along with contact information for the various regions around the province. Contact the region you are in for specifics regarding requirements for apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities in your region.
Last Updated: 9-3-2009
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I graduated high school almost ten years ago, but did not take grade 12 math or physics. I have since completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at University. Are the missing credits from high school an issue with regards to starting an apprenticeship?
Regardless of post secondary education, most ECAO/IBEW programs require the grade 12 math and physics. For more specific information pertaining to education requirements go to the ECAO website at www.ecao.org and click on Become and Electrician. Contact information for the various regions across the province are listed there.
Last Updated: 3-30-2011
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I have a Jouneyman level license in the state of Colorado. Could I transfer my license to Canada?
Each province varies in their criteria with respects to accepting licenses from out of country. In Ontario the certifying body is the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities. For more information their website is www.tcu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 11-26-2009
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I have a journeyman's certificate and have passed the journeyman´s examination for electrical installation work in a country outside Canada. Am I considered an Electrician in Canada?
If an individual has an electrical license from outside of Canada they must apply to the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities to write the Certificate of Qualification exam. An individual must present to them their electrical license and proof of fives years work experience. The Ministry will determine if the individual meets the necessary criteria for a Provisional Certificate of Qualification. This provisional document allows the individual to work for a period of 90 days while preparing to write the exam. More information can be obtain from the Ministry at www.edu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 1-13-2009
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I have a Substation Electrician Journeyman Ticket. Is it possible to write the exam for a 309A without doing the 9000 hourr apprenticeship?
Contact Susan Boorman at sboorman@ecao.org and request that the ECAO/IBEW CD entitled “Become an Electrician” be mailed to you.
Last Updated: 12-14-2010
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I have completed over 9000 hours but I have only finished basic trade school. Can my boss vouch for me so I can go write the exam?
No. All three levels of trade school are required to be completed. We would recommend you contact your MTCU training consultant immediately for scheduling into Intermediate and Advanced levels of school.
Last Updated: 2-17-2011
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I have got my 442A (C of Q) and I'm unemployed. I would like to know if I can join the union (IBEW) and become a member or do I have to get a job first?
To begin an apprenticeship in the unionized sector, you must apply to the apprenticeship council in your area. These apprenticeship councils are jointly managed by the Area Electrical Contractor Associations and the Local Unions. In some areas of the province, the joint apprenticeship council will accept an application from an employer that is willing to sponsor you. Contact your local apprenticeship council for further information. Visit the Become an Electrician section of the ECAO website for local apprenticeship council contacts.
Last Updated: 3-5-2009
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I have my interprovincial electrician's licence (red seal) class HC and am currently thinking about relocating to Ontario. Does this transfer to the 309?
The certifying body in Ontario is the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities. They will review your certification for eligibility in Ontario. Their website is www.tcu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 11-26-2009
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I immigrated to Canada and I want to be a licensed electrician. I have many years of experience of working and I am currently working for a Canadian electric company. I want to write an exam to be a licensed electrician.
Please refer to our website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician. There you will find information pertaining to the electrical apprenticeship. In order to be a qualified electrician you are required to complete an apprenticeship prior to writing the Certificate of Qualification exam.
Last Updated: 11-26-2009
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I just completed my electrical engineering technician course at Mohawk and graduated with Dean's honours. Am I eligible to write my 442 red seal exam now?
Contact your local branch office of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I recently decided that I would like to pursue an apprenticeship in the electrician field, however, I did not complete high school. Is the GED recognized as a valid prerequisite to apply as an apprentice?
A GED is some regions is acceptable in place of the graduation diploma.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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I started a industrial electrician apprenticeship and completed almost 1900 hrs. I was indentured with the Ministry of Training July 2011. My employer was bought by another company and stopped all apprenticeship
Contact your Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities training consultant.
Last Updated: 7-10-2012
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I want to become a commerical electrician. Do I have to do a certian one or any apprenticeship with an electrician will work.
Visit the ECAO website and click on Become an Electrician at www.ecao.org
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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I would like to get into the electricle field , does the 309a licence let me work in the ICI field of construction and if i were to take the corse through a recognized school does it count towards and appentiship or would i still have to work 5000 hours b
Yes and trade school through a registered apprenticeship is counted towards the hours. 20% is in school training 80% is on the job for a total of 9000 hours.
Last Updated: 4-16-2012
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If a unregistered apprentice works for a year and a half and is layed off befor being signed, how can he register his hours?
The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities are the certifying body in Ontario. Contact information for branch office locations can be found on their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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If I begin my apprenticeship for a 442A license and then decide to switch to a 309A license. Can I do so without any repercussions?
The Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities (MTCU) will make the determination on what work experience and hours would be allowable for credit from a 442A license to a 309A license. MTCU can be reached at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 11-3-2011
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If I have a 309A license can I work as an industrial 442 electrician or do I have to do an apprenticeship again like the ministry has told me, I thought that I could simply write the 442 license as I have already apprenticed passed the 309A red seal.
As the 442A is a separate license the MTCU is correct in counseling you that further apprenticeship is required. You will be required to complete the Advanced level of trade school as the curriculum is different from that of the C & M curriculum as well as complete some additional on the job training hours. Please contact MTCU for more specific details on the number of hours required to be completed.
Last Updated: 12-16-2009
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If I have a company that is sponsoring me, can I still register through the JAC with only a grade 11 education?
Contact the Joint Apprenticeship Council at www.electricalapprenticeship.ca
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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I'm currently in highschool, and once I graduate I want to start an electrical apprenticeship as a union member. What steps do I need to take in order to accomplish this?
Visit the ECAO website and click on Become an Electrician at www.ecao.org
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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I'm from greece and I have worked as an electrician almost 8 years. I had 3 years of technical school (1 year only school and next 2 years with 4 days per week practicing while 2 days school). I finished those 3 years and now I'm working in a company.
Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at www.tcu.edu.gov.on.ca.
Last Updated: 7-5-2011
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In an industrial setting, what is the difference between what work an industrial electrician (442A), a 309A, and a master electrician can legally perform?
There is no difference in the scope of work in an industrial setting.
Last Updated: 2-17-2011
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In the Q&A it states an electrical education program could count in the hours required to become an electrician. Where do I find out if the program I took at "La Cite Collegiale" (a french college) in Ottawa, Ontario can count?
Please contact the regional ECA or IBEW office where you want to apply to find out if they would accept your education background. Contact information for the province can be found at www.ecao.org by clicking on Become an Electrician.
Last Updated: 8-26-2010
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Is a 442A license good at multiple locations for servicing specific industrial equipment, if you are not self-employed?
Yes, currently you can work in any industrial setting that the employer allows (the employer has to ensure that the person is competent). At this time, a license for an Industrial Electrician is not compulsory, and therefore not required. Typically, good employers ask for the 442A (industrial) or the 309A (construction & maintenance) license.
Last Updated: 1-13-2009
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Is there an age restriction for electrical apprenticeship?
There are no age restrictions for electrical apprenticeship.
Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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Is work experience a main requirement when applying for an electrical apprenticeship?
No it is not.
Last Updated: 9-29-2011
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My friend is an apprentice, and is attending apprenticeship school classes - 1st term. Does his hours at school count as part of his hours required for completion of his apprenticeship?
Yes. All three levels of trade school hours are applied to the total apprenticeship contract.
Last Updated: 2-1-2011
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This is actually for my boyfriend he just finished his 2nd year in electrical technician at cambrian college, he is looking for an apprenticeship now, where would it be good for him to look and get one?
Please refer to our website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician. Information pertaining to the apprenticeship as well as contact information is outlined in this section of the website. The in school training (trade school) is done during the day time. There are two options; 1. Block release which is every day for the duration of a particular level and 2. Day release which is held once a week for the duration of a particular level.
Last Updated: 12-16-2009
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What are the benefits for this job? Vacations?
By obtaining your certification as a 309A electrician you will be part of a highly skilled workforce that will enable you to work in many areas of the electrical construction industry. For more information on becoming an electrician please visit our website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician.
Last Updated: 12-16-2009
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What courses do a highschool graduate need to have to start their electrical apprenticeship?
Visit the ECAO website and click on Become an Electrician at www.ecao.org
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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What Education is required to become an electrical apprentice?
Under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act the minimum education required is a completed grade 10. However, in the unionized sector of the electrical industry most programs require grade 12 with Math, English and Physics.
Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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What government body would I contact to find out the limitations that my C of Q (309C) has in another province/territory? What level of apprenticeship or electrician can I formally document when I move from Ontario?
Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for branch office locations visit their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca
Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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What if during an electrical apprenticeship a woman has to take time off for pregancy. Is there a maximum amount of time allowed to complete an apprenticeship e.g. instead of 5 years, what if it may take 7 years?
An electrical apprenticeship is 9000 hours in length which is approximately five years. If for example a person takes time off for pregnancy or maternity leave, this does not interfere with the apprenticeship process provided you go through the proper process for leave with the employer, your MTCU training consultant and Employment Insurance. Upon returning you just pick up the training and schooling from where you left off.
Last Updated: 3-11-2011
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What if I already had an Electrical Certification from another Country?
An individual would have to become certified with the Province of Ontario by successfully challenging the Certificate of Qualification exam. For more information on this process please contact the Ministry of Colleges and Universities at their website www.edu.gov.on.ca
Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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What if you have your high school diploma, but you do not have your grade 12 math or physics credit; however you want to join the union and do your electrical apprenticeship? Best route to take?
Grade 12 Math and Physics are required in most areas. Check with the local ECA office or JATC in your area to determine which courses are specifically required. Contact information can be found on our website at www.ecao.org. Click on Become an Electrician.
Last Updated: 3-1-2011
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What Interprovincial or Red Seal do I need to work in British Columbia and/or Alberta?
For Construction and Maintenance electrician, you require a 309A certification.
Last Updated: 3-4-2011
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What is 1st period apprentice pay rate?
The unionized pay rate for a first period apprentice is 40% of a journeyman pay rate.
Last Updated: 3-17-2011
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What is a passing grade on the mechanical aptitude test at the JAC?
Contact the Joint Apprenticeship Council at www.electricalapprenticeship.ca
Last Updated: 9-27-2012
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What is the average hourly rate for a commercial/industrial electrician in the Ottawa area?
The hourly rate for a unionized commercial/industrial journeyman electrician in the Ottawa area (Local Union 586) is $52.05 effective May 1, 2009.
Last Updated: 6-17-2009
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what is the average hourly rate for an electrician in British Columbia
Contact the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia at www.eca.bc.ca.
Last Updated: 8-16-2011
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What is the difference between LRR and ICI? Are the pay scales the same?
A Low Rise Residential electrician is only permitted to work on single family dwellings and dwellings under three stories tall. They cannot work in the ICI sector. The ICI electrician can work in Industrial/Commercial/Institutional and residential sectors. The pay scales are different for the two classifications.
Last Updated: 12-16-2009
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What is the pay rate for an apprentice of 1-3 years in a non union company?
That would depend on the shop rate of the Journeyman. Rates are set independently in the non union sector.

Last Updated: 9-23-2010
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What licence or C of Q would one need to write to work strictly as a Rural Residential electrician? Would this be the C&M?
The license for a Domestic & Rural Electrician is a 309C which will only allow a person to work in the Domestic & Rural sector; it does not permit a person to work as a Construction & Maintenance Electrician.

Last Updated: 12-16-2008
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What type of work does an electrician do?
There are several fields in which an electrician might work provided they have the appropriate certification:

ICI Sector - Work in this sector is Industrial, Commercial and Institutional. This is referred to as a Construction and Maintenance Electrician.
Low Rise Residential Sector - This sector is restricted to housing excluding high rise residential buildings.
Lineworkers - This sector is restricted to the high voltage and the utility sectors.

Last Updated: 1-15-2008
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What would be considered a fair journeyman labour rate for a comtemplated change notice in today's market place.
The average wage package for a unionized journeyman electrician in the province of Ontario is $50.65 (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009).
Last Updated: 3-26-2009
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What would be the duties and responsibilities of a Master Electrician working for a company with regards to other electricians and apprentices? Does management dictate who can do what?
A master electrician is required to have knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing the installations and repair of electrical equipment and material and the supervision of such work.
Last Updated: 9-29-2011
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When will ECA Hamilton be taking apprenticeship applications?
Please visit the "Become an Electrician" page of the ECAO website for contact information of the Local Apprenticeship Councils.
Last Updated: 1-4-2010
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Where do I go to obtain a C of Q for electrical? Is there somewhere I go or online options? I am also inquiring in regards to an apprenticeship in the Kitchener-Waterloo region.
Information pertaining to the electrical apprenticeship can be found on the ECAO website at www.ecao.org and click on Become an Electrician. There you will find general information pertaining to apprenticeship, FAQs and contact information for the Kitchener/Waterloo area. For further specifics on apprenticeship in the Kitchener/Waterloo area please contact that region directly.
Last Updated: 9-3-2009
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