Can two separate electrical contractor companies work on the same construction site? Each doing a separate type installation?

Yes

I am getting conflicting requirements from electrical contractors related to the installation of a hottub. What are the correct requirements?

All electrical installations in the province of Ontario must be done in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and inspected or audited by the Electrical Safety Authority. Contact the Customer Service Centre of the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esasafe.com or 1.877.ESA.SAFE (1.877.372.7233) for more information.

I would like to purchase the NECA Manual of Labor Units 2015-2016, Index Number 4090-07. Would I be able to place an order with you? What would the cost be?

The Canadian Electrical Contractors Association is the sole distributor of NECA products in Canada. To purchase on-line, visit www.ceca.org and click on Publications. Or you can email ceca@ceca.org

I’m at George Brown College, taking the electromechanical engineering technician program. Once I graduate, I want to join the union as an apprentice Industrial Electrician. Is it possible to join the union as an industrial electrician?

The ECAO/IBEW does not have a specific apprenticeship for the Industrial Electrician. However under their Industrial Commercial & Institutional program there is training involved in all these sectors. More information on the ECAO/IBEW apprenticeship programs can be obtained by going to our website at www.ecao.org and selecting Become an Electrician.

To become an Industrial Electrician, usually an individual would have to find an employer to be indentured into the Industrial program. More information on this apprenticeship program can be researched with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities on their website at www.edu.gov.on.ca.

The trade code designation with the Ministry for the Industrial Electrician trade is 442A.

In order to begin entry level employment as a first year apprentice, can I apply directly to companies represented by the ECAO or must I apply through the IBEW?

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.

My son has graduated from Loyalist College, Electrical Engineering Technician, Industrial but can't find any apprentiship positions, Any suggestions?

There is no apprenticeship for an Electrical Engineering Technician. Once he has graduated from his college program he has his diploma in that field. If he is looking for an Industrial electrical apprenticeship specifically he would have to search the job ads either on-line or through the local newspapers. There is not an organization that specifically recruits for the Industrial field.

Over 20 years ago I passed the 309D exam, at the time anything over 70% gave you a interprovinial red seal. Does the red seal portion expire with the Ontario portion should you not keep up to date with the fees?

Please consult with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities for information on renewal fees and expirations. Their website is www.tcu.gov.on.ca

What is the average age group of electricians and how many work past the age of 65?

Contact the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) at www.iciconstruction.com or the Construction Sector Council (CSC) at www.csc-ca.org.

What is the average wage rate for a construction electrician?

The average wage package for a unionized journeyman electrician in the province of Ontario is $50.65 (effective May 1, 2008-April 30, 2009).

What restrictions, if any, are put on Industrial Electricians as to where and what kind of work they can do?

An Industrial Electrician is restricted to working in an industrial setting only. Industrial Electricians are restricted from working in the Construction, Maintenance and Residential sectors.

An Industrial Electrician “prepares, installs, maintains, tests, troubleshoots, and repairs industrial electrical equipment and associated electrical and electronic controls”.

Where in the Hamilton/Halton area can you obtain training for a 309A Licence?

Apprenticeship for the 309A license or C & M Electrician can be obtained by applying to the Hamilton ECA office at (905-522-1070), their email address is each@on.aibn.com or by contacting the Ministry of Training College & Universities at www.edu.gov.on.ca to find their closest branch office for apprenticeship information.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Does colorblindness restrict people who want to become electricians?

Not in all cases.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Is there an age restriction for electrical apprenticeship?

There are no age restrictions for electrical apprenticeship.

Is work experience a main requirement when applying for an electrical apprenticeship?

No it is not.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

What is 1st period apprentice pay rate?

The unionized pay rate for a first period apprentice is 40% of a journeyman pay rate.

What is a passing grade on the mechanical aptitude test at the JAC?

Contact the Joint Apprenticeship Council at www.electricalapprenticeship.ca

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

Do you need to be an electrician to replace ballasts?

Please contact the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233 or www.esasafe.com or the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities at 416-326-5800 or www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

How do I go about getting my 309C licence? I have all the hours I need. What is the difference in the 309C test and the 309A test?

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 . 309C is for Domestic & Rural and 309A is for Commercial, Industrial & Institutional.

How do I know if someone claiming to be "an electrician" is actually a qualified electrician. Should they be carrying some form of certification card? My concern pertains to residential service.Thanks!

A certified electrician should have a valid Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) in their possession that has not expired. However, a certified electrician is forbidden to perform electrical work in your home unless he/she is also licensed as an "Electrical Contractor" by the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA). The license number must be displayed on the company vehicle. This license ensures that the company has a designated master electrician in their employ, liability insurance for the company and WSIB coverage for their employees.

How do I obtain a new Construction & Maintenance Electrician Certificate of Qualification wallet card as mine is lost. Who do I contact?

Contact your local Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities office. For office locations visit the MTCU website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

How many questions and on the 309a c of q?

Contact your local Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities office for C of Q exam information http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca

How many times am I allowed to take the examination for 309A (construction and maintenance) certificate?

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities allows an individual to write the exam three times.

I am a licensed electrician. Can I simply challenge the master electrician exam or am I required to take the preperation course?

For information pertaining to the master electrician visit the ESA website at http://www.esaecra.info/005.php?s=16

I am a master electrician in Ontario and have been an electrician for 19 years. How can I get an interprovincial license?

In order to get an interprovincial license you must schedule to rewrite the Certificate of Qualification exam with the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities (MTCU) and obtain a minimum of 70%. To find the closest MTCU office visit their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

I am curious as to what regulations/legislation do licenced electricians have to adhere. Any insight you could provide would be most appreciated.

Electricians are certified, not licensed, by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians are licensed in the Province of Ontario by the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA), the regulating body. For additional information visit the MTCU website at http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/ or the ECRA of ESA website at http://www.esaecra.info/.

I have a friend who is an electrician in Germany and will be immigrating to Ontario. Can you tell me what licensing is required for him to work in Ontario. thank you

Please go to the following website link to obtain details http://www.ontarioimmigration.ca/en/working/OI_HOW_WORK_CON_ELEC_CM.html

I have a Red Seal certified Electrician's certificate issued in Alberta and now wish to work with an employer in Ontario. The employer requires a 309A ticket, does my Red Seal Electrician's Certificate cover this?

Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities for information pertaining to transference of your certification to Ontario. The MTCU website www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

I have an Ontario C of Q and an Ontario Master's License. How do I get a Canadian C of Q?

In order to get an interprovincial license you must schedule to rewrite the Certificate of Qualification exam with the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities (MTCU) and obtain a minimum of 70%. To find the closest MTCU office visit their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

I have my 442A electrical certificate. Can I do house wiring under this certificate or do I have to have the 309A certificate.

House wiring is a separate certification under a 309C Domestic & Rural Electrician license or if someone has a 309A this would also qualify them to work in house wiring.

I need the phone number to which I call to book the test to write my Certificate of Qualification (C of Q).

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

I work with the guy who got his Ontario electrician's certificate and his master electrician although he never worked as an electrician in Canada and he didn't do his apprenticeship ANYWHERE. What's going on in Ontario?

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) is the certifying body in Ontario and is responsible for evaluating out of country documentation for the purpose of approving an individual to qualify to write the C of Q exam.

I would like to do a Certified Electrician's course in Canada and would like the names of colleges that I could apply to for the admission.

Admission to a community college for trade school can only be done once an apprentice is registered under a contract of apprenticeship. A college is assigned to an apprentice based on their home address. In order for an apprentice to be registered they must contact the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities to find out who their ministry Consultant would be for the geographic area that their contractor is in. For more details on apprenticeship registration and contact information please visit the MTCU website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

If you fail to pass the test on first go, do they give you the same exam paper when you re-sit the test?

No. Each exam paper is created from a bank of exam questions.

Is it legal for a maintenance man to do any electrical work without any training in Ontario?I have been trying to find the legislation pertaining to this in an Industrial Establishment to prevent this from happening.

Please contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities who is the certifying body in Ontario at www.tcu.gov.on.ca for information pertaining to training requirements and exemptions in an Industrial environment.

My boyfriend has not worked as an electrician for 10 yrs now. He was a certified Master Electrician and is thinking of going back to electrical. Does he need to recertify and if yes, how?

If the 309A license (Certificate of Qualification) has not been renewed with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities this needs to be corrected. Please contact MTCU directly, an MTCU office location can be found on their website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

My licence 309A will expire soon. How do I renew it?

Contact your local Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities office. For office locations visit the MTCU website at www.tcu.gov.on.ca.

What is the difference between a 309A and 309D and how much schooling and apprenticing are involved for both?

Someone who holds a 309D designation is an individual that has obtained 309A certification with an endorsement for electronic controls.

What training is required to be qualified to work on high voltage (above 750V)? Is it a separate licence above and beyond a 442A?

For high voltage work, a Certificate of Qualification for Power Lineman is required.

What's the difference between the electrical licenses, 442, 309A, 309C, 309D, 309E and others (are there more)? What are you allowed to do or what are the limitations of each license?

For more information on the different types of electrical licenses there are several areas that can be resourced:

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship at www.red-seal.ca has listings of the Red Seal trades (National Occupational Analysis) such as the Construction Electrician, Industrial Electrician and Powerline Technician which will outline the details pertaining to these trades.

The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities is another resource. They can be reached at www.tcu.gov.on.ca or by contacting an MTCU consultant in your area to discuss specifics about a particular type of license.

Where can I get information on material to study that would assist in completing a pre-apprenticeship program to begin an electrician apprenticeship?

The Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities will determine what your present certification credentials are worth towards a 309A apprenticeship. You will not be eligible to write the 309A based on just your present certificate. Please contact your nearest MTCU branch office for a consultation.

Years ago I received my 442A Electrical Licence (20 years ago). There is no expiry date on my licence. Does this licence expire?

442A Industrial license is a voluntary certification, therefore there is no expiry on the certification.

Are persons that install central alarm stations interface panels on site subject to Article 1.1.5.3. of the Fire Code?

Yes, if this work requires that they hardwire this interface unit to the building fire alarm panel. An improper electrical connection can damage the fire alarm panel.

An exception to this is if the work is being conducted under a building permit, in which case the Building Code applies and verification of the of the alteration is required under Sentence 3.2.4.5.(2) of the 1997 of the Ontario Building Code.

Are persons who test on-site equipment for the transmittal of fire alarm signals to a central alarm station subject to Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code?

No, unless the interface equipment is an integral component within the fire alarm panel. In most cases however, this interface equipment is separate from the fire alarm panel and there is generally no need to manipulate the fire alarm panel to conduct this test.

Can "authorities having jurisdiction" conduct spot tests of fire alarm systems during fire safety inspections if they have not completed an acceptable fire alarm training course?

Persons wishing to provide a spot test to determine the operability of a fire alarm system may carry out any of the monthly testing functions listed in CAN/ULC-S536. This includes the testing of manual pull stations, detection devices and audibility devices for operability, the silencing, acknowledging and resetting of the fire alarm panel, and the testing of fire alarm panel lights.

Can employees of the original manufacturer work on/troubleshoot the equipment without being a recognized tradesperson?

Anyone with an up to date CFAE or CFAA certificate may troubleshoot fire alarm systems. (OFC Division C, Clauses 1.2.1.1 and 1.2.1.2)

Can I reset the fire panel at my work if I have been trained on the panel and I am a fire captain here?

Your title and your responsibilities are all subject to your place of employment's "Fire Plan" as approved by the OFM's office. (OFC Division B, Clause 6.3.1.5)

Can isolation modules of an adresssable fire alarm system be installed in a room with 1 hr fire rating in a 4 story comercial bldg?

According to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), Isolators module equipment should follow "Transponders" in location and fire rating. Please refer to CAN/ULC-S524-06 (rule #4.3.7 and 5.4).

Can Sprinkler system technicians service/repair or conduct monthly sprinkler alarm testing as required by Articles 6.5.5.2. of Ontario Fire Code if they have not successfully completed a fire alarm training program acceptable to the Fire Marshal?

Sprinkler systems are a life safety component that may be separate from or an integral part of a fire alarm system. In the first case, technicians not trained in conformance with Subsection 1.1.5. if the Fire Code can test or service the sprinkler system. Where this sprinkler system is monitored by the fire alarm system, sprinkler technicians shall not manipulate the fire alarm panel (with the exception of alarm reset or silencing)in order to conduct the sprinkler testing or servicing. Only appropriately trained fire alarm technicians may manipulate the fire alarm panel. The same criterion also pretains to persons testing special extinguishing systems, fire pumps and emergency generators.

In the second case, sprinklers are often installed in lieu of heat detectors in conformance with the Building Code (see Article 3.2.4.15. if the 1997 OBC). In this case monthly testing of sprinkler flow is permitted by persons not trained in conformance with Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code. Where malfunctioning sprinklers flow switches, valve supervisory switches or pressure switches are serviced or replaced by a sprinkler technician, a properly trained fire alarm technician shall verify that the work has been done without effecting proper function of the fire alarm system.

Do single stations or interconnected smoke alarms, usually found in dwelling units, require a fire alarm technicial that has successfully completed an accepted fire alarm training program to replace or service them?

Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code is intended to only deal with fire alarm systems. Single stations or interconnected smoke alarms are generally not deemed to be fire alarm systems.

An exception however is interconnected smoke alarms (usually with manual pull stations) installed in lieu of a traditional fire alarm system in existing residential buildings, for compliance with Fire Code Part 9 retrofit. Under these conditions the interconnected smoke alarm system shall be tested and serviced in conformance with Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code.

Does the replacement of a plug-in or screw-ontype smoke detector require a fire alarm technician that has successfully completed an accepted training program?

Yes, as it is possible to install an improper smoke detector under these conditions. This is especially critical in an addressable fire alarm system.

Does thr removal of a plug-in or screw-on type smoke detector for cleaning purposes require a fire alarm technician that has successfully completed an accepted training program?

No, as long as the smoke detector is removed, cleaned and replaced immediately.

I am interested in certified fire alarm electrician. I want to know the differences between CFAA And CFAE certification. Could a certified fire alarm electrician do annual inspection work in Ontario?

The benefits of taking this accredited course are to obtain certification under the Ontario Fire Code Section 1.2. Division C “This subsection applies to every person who performs annual tests or annual inspections of a fire alarm system required under Article 6.3.2.2 of Division B and every person who repairs, replaces or alters components of a fire alarm system” which qualifies the holder to do annual testing and inspection, verification, alterations and maintenance of fire alarm systems.

I have a licensed electrician in my maintenance department within the hospital and I am inquiring if he can isolate and reactivate a fire zone on the addressable system. Does he have to have the Fire Alarm Certification.

If he is trained to operate the panel the ULC regulations will allow him to do this.

To Repair, Replace or Alter any part of the Fire Alarm System requires a Certified Fire Alarm Electrician.

My fire alarm certification has expired. How do I renew it?

For renewal of the CFAE certification contact the ECAO office at 1-800-387-3226 ex 316 or 416-675-3226 ex 316.

Please advise which institutions are offering Certified Fire Alarm Electrician update exams/courses in 2011.

In 2011, the following Local Unions are offering the CFAE Update Course (Level V): 105, 353, 586, 773, 804 and 1739. For contact information, please visit the "Industry Links" page of the ECAO website and Click on "Local Associations/Unions".

What courses are required for a 309A electrician to achieve the Fire Alarm Technician Certification through the ECAO? How long would the training take and are there any other requirements?

Send your request to sboorman@ecao.org for information pertaining to the Certified Fire Alarm Electrician program.

What do the daily and monthly fire alarm testing requirements of CAN/ULC-S536 consist of?

CAN/ULC-S536 requires the following daily and monthly testing and inspecations of fire alarm systems:

Daily Inspections:

Consists of confirming the operability of the fire alarm system by visually checking for:
1) trouble signal indicators on the alarm panel
2) status of the "power on" indicator.

Monthly Inspections and Testing:

Conduct a series of tests with fire alarm operating on EMERGENCY POWER SUPPLY. Test include:
~ the initiating of at least one field device or manual pull station on a rotational basis, while confirming the alert or alarm signal in the zone of activation (and annunciator panel if provided)
~ operation of common audible and visual trouble signals
~ inspecting of battery for clean and lubricated terminals, secure gravity to manufacturer's specifications (unless sealed battery)
~ TEST one emergency telephone on rotational basis for two-waycommunication and correct indication at the control unit (where provided)
~TEST voice paging capability to one zone confirmed on a rotational basis (where provided)

What fire alarm servicing/repair restrictions does Article 1.1.5.3. of the Ontario Fire Code place on persons that have not completed a fire alarm training course acceptable to the Fire Marshal?

Fire alarm maintenance tasks that include the altering of the internal components of a fire alarm panel, wiring operations, or the replacing of an external device shall only be carried out by technicians that have successfully completed an acceptable fire alarm training program. Tasks such as "pulling" alarm or detection circuit cards/modules in the alarm panel, and the replacement detectors are also placed in this group. An exception to this is when on-site supervision is being provided by persons that have completed an acceptable fire alarm training course.

What fire alarm testing restrictions does Article 1.1.5.3. of the Ontario Fire Code place on persons that have not completed a fire alarm training course acceptabe to the Fire Marshal?

These persons are limited to doing only the daily and monthly testing/inspections required by CAN/ULC-S536, except when supervised on-site by a person that has completed an acceptable fire alarm training course.

What is the purpose of the "end of line resistor (EOL)" in a fire alarm?

The purpose of the "end of line resistor (EOL)" in a fire alarm detection, supervisory or signal circuit is to allow a current flow in the circuit in order to provide supervision against missing devices or breaks in the wiring loop. EOL's are not necessary in detection and supervisory circuits in an adressable system.

What other fire safety steps should fire alarm technicians take when the fire alarm system is taken out of service for alterations or repairs?

Article 6.3.1.3. of the Fire Code requires building supervisory staff to be notified when the fire alarm system is being taken out of service in accordance with Section 2.8 of the Fire Code. This would include fire alarm systems controlled through CPU's as well. Supervisory staff may then take additional life safety measures during this period.

Where a heat detector or smoke detector is included as part of a monitored security system does Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code apply to security technicians testing the systems?

Security systems are not deemed a fire alarm system, and therefore do not fall within the scope of Subsection 1.1.5.

Where can I take the Certified Fire Alarm Electrician (CFAE) program?

Contact Susan Boorman at sboorman@ecao.org for information pertaining to the CFAE program.

Where fire alarm programming, hardware or software changes are made on CPU controlled fire alarm systems, does this have to be done by a fire alarm technician who has completed a training program acceptable to the Fire Marshal?

Persons who install or upgrade computer programming or software affecting the fire alarm system are required to have successfully completed or be supervised by someone who has completed a fire alarm program acceptable to the fire Marshal. An exception to this is if the work is being done under permit in conformance with the Building Code.

Where fire alarm upgrades or modifications are amde as a result of retrofit requirements in Part 9 of the Ontario Fire Code, do the requirements of Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code apply?

In cases where a significant revision or addition is made to an existing fire alarm system as a result of application of Fire Code part 9 retrofit, a building permit is generally required by the municipal building department. Building offcials should apply Building Code to the work being done without exceeding the requirements of Part 9 of the Fire Code. Good installation practices as prescribed in CAN.ULC-S524 and verification requirements in conformance with CAN.ULC-S537, as called for in the Building Code are applicable. If done in this manner, Subsection 1.1.5. of the Fire Code does not apply. If the building offcial chooses not to apply the Building Code to this work, then Subsection 1.1.5. applies.

If the retrofit alteration requires an Initial Inspection and Test (see Part4 of CAN/ULC- S536) be done in lieu of a Verification, then Subsection 1.1.5. also applies.

Is a license required for manufacturing electrical control panels? This does not include installing them

Contact the Electrical Safety Authority at http://www.esasafe.com

Who is the President of the ECAO?

The ECAO is governed by a Board of Directors. A list of directors can be found on the "Committees" page of the website.

Does a licenced electrician have a duty to report if he finds aluminum wiring in the house?

Contact the Electrical Safety Authority for further information at http://www.esasafe.com.

Does the ECAO have a document available in regards to Panedemic Planning - preparedness to disease ie "H1N1"?

The ECAO does not currently have a document available regarding a pandemic of any type. Please visit the Health Canada website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/ed-ud/prepar/flu-pandem/index-eng.php.

I am finishing my basement at my own house. I am a carpenter with some electrical experience. I was told that I could get a permit and do the work myself. Is this true and how do I get a permit?

Yes it is true. Please contact the Electrical Safety Authority at www.esainspection.net.

I have a question regarding pot lights. I've spoken to a few contractors, one tells me he can install potlights without opening up my ceiling, the other one tells me it can't be done without opening the ceiling. Which one is correct?

Contact the John Buchanan, the Consumer Protection Representative of the Electrical Safety Authority at 1-877-372-7233 or visit the website at www.esasafe.com.

The "Authorization" form, Request for Live Work on Electrical Circuits, that ECAO has published, is this form available on line so we can fill it out and present it to our customers. If so, could you e mail this to us. Thank you.

The "Authorization" form is available on the Electrical Safety Coalition website at www.electricalsafetycoalition.com, however it is not a fillable version.

Any booklets available to study from for writting the ontario masters examination.?

Visit the Electrical Safety Authority website for details regarding the Master Electricians exam. The ESA link is as follows http://www.esaecra.info/site/007.php?s=18

Are there any commercial restrictions using a 309C electrical license in Ontario? If so, what specifically are they without refrence to another sight.

A 309C Domestic & Rural license is restricted to single family dwellings and residential buildings three stories or lower. 309C does not qualify someone to work in a commercial environment.

Can a person with a criminal record become licensed?

For restrictions pertaining to obtaining an electrician’s license (Certificate of Qualification) contact the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities at www.tcu.gov.on.ca. For restrictions pertaining to obtaining a contractor’s license, contact the Electrical Contractors Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA) at www.esaecra.info.

Can someone become a subcontractor without needing their master license (i.e. work under their own umbrella for multiple electrical contractors)?

Every electrical contracting business engaged in performing electrical work covered under the Electrical Safety Code (whether the primary contractor or subcontractor) will be required to hold a valid Electrical Contractor Licence which can be obtained from the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA). The only other alternative is to become an employee of the primary contractor or subcontractor as a certified electrician. For more information visit the ECRA of ESA website at www.esaecra.info.

Can unlicensed contractors install underground hydro in new subdivision applications?

No.

How do I as a consumer validate an electrician's license?

Visit the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority website at www.esaecra.info and click on the Licensed Contractor List. If the name of the contractor cannot be found, then the company is not licensed.

How long do you have to wait after getting your 309A to go for your master electrician's license?

You have to be certified for two years before applying for the master electricians license.

How would I find a reputable contractor that is skilled at installing solar panels in a commercial setting - under 10 Kw or over 10 Kw? Is this a specialized area or can any electrical contractor do this?

Visit the "Find a Contractor" section of the ECAO website at http://www.ecao.org/find_contractor.asp and search for the "Solar" specialization.

I am a journeyman interprovincial electrician and would like to upgrade to a master electrician. I live in West Lincoln Township and would like to know where and how to go about obtaining this.

Please visit the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA) website at www.esaecra.info.

I am a licensed journeyman electrician in the state of Texas US and am trying for a work visa in BC. How do I obtain an equivlent license in BC?

Please contact the Electrical Contractors Association of British Columbia at www.eca.bc.ca.

I am asking on behalf of a relative. He has immigrated to Canada. He was an electrical contractor in China but I am not sure if he has an electrical license. I was wondering how he could obtain an electrical contractor license in Ontario.

In order to have a contractors’ license in Ontario an individual must have a Certificate of Qualification and a Master Electricians license. Contact the Electrical Safety Authority for more information pertaining to becoming a licensed contractor. The link to ESA is as follows www.esaecra.info click on Applying for a License.

I have a 442A license and wanted to know if I would be qualified to do residential if I obtained a Master and Contractor's license. The ESA site doesn't seem to make a distinction.

In order to be qualified to do residential work you must have either a 309C Domestic & Rural Electrician's license or a 309A Construction & Maintenance Electrician's license. Contact a branch office of the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities to determine what credits can be applied from the 442A license to either the 309A or 309C licenses. Branch office locations can be found at www.tcu.gov.on.ca

A contractor’ license can be obtained with a 442A C of Q, however the contractor would have to employ qualified Journeymen & Apprentices with either the 309C or 309A designation in order to perform work in the residential sector. The 442A certificate holder cannot perform the residential work themselves.

I have a master electrician license and a contractor's license in Ontario. Is this valid to pull permits in BC and Alberta? If not, what are the requirements to be able to do so?

For information relating specifically to electrical licensing requirements, requirements to conduct business, governing legislation/regulations, and other related web-sites and resources across Canada, visit the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association website at www.ceca.org and click on "Licensing".

I have an industrial electrician certificate of qualification (442A) and I am working as an electrician in an industrial plant. Am I qualified to take the master electrician exam?

Visit the Electrical Safety Authority website for details regarding the Master Electricians exam. The ESA link is as follows http://www.esaecra.info/site/007.php?s=18

I have an interprovincial license in Ontario(Red Seal) and when I passed my test back in 1980 was told thast it was good in a number of United States of America. Can you verify that this interprovincial license has been grandfathered in Michigan? Thanks.

Please contact the Michigan Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association at http://www.mineca.org/

I possess both a 442A and Masters license. What are my next steps in becoming a licensed contractor?

Please contact the Electrical Safety Authority. See the following link to the ESA website http://www.esaecra.info.

I was wondering what the requirements are when running electrical inside and or around a water fountain and what type of electrical contractor would be qualified for that?

Any licensed electrical contractor is qualified to do this work. To obtain an electrical contractor in your area, visit the Contractor Locator on the ECAO website at http://www.ecao.org/find_contractor.asp or visit the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency of the Electrical Safety Authority (ECRA of ESA) website at www.esaecra.info and look up the "Licensed Contractor List".

If I am a licensed 309A journeyman electrician, do I have to be hired by a contractor to work or can I start my own business?

Visit the Electrical Safety Authority website for details regarding the Master Electricians exam and contractor licensing. The ESA link is as follows http://www.esaecra.info/site/007.php?s=18

If I have a Master Electrician license and a Contractor's license in Ontario, are any provinces east of Ontario, reciprocating, such as Quebec and further east?

Visit the licensing section of the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association website at www.ceca.org for licensing requirements across Canada.

If i hold a 309A licence and want to switch over to and industrial maintenance electrician, what will i need to do ?

Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities at http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/

Is it legal for a maintenance man to do any electrical work without any training in Ontario?

No. In order to perform electrical work in Ontario you must be a licensed electrician.

My electricians license expired many years ago, How would I get it back?

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

What are the limitations of a 309c c of q

As defined under regulation 1051 “309C is the trade of domestic & rural electrician who performs the 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).

What are the requirements for 309A license if someone already have 442 electrician's license?

Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities at www.tcu.gov.on.ca or by contacting an MTCU consultant in your area.

What are the requirements to obtain a 442 license after passing the 309A C of Q?

Contact the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities at www.tcu.gov.on.ca or by contacting an MTCU consultant in your area.

What good is a 442A license? It isn't compulsory. A person with either the 309A/D can work in industry BUT the reverse can't happen. Why would anyone want this license instead of a 309?

The 442A license are for those individuals who only want to work in an industrial setting and will not be entering into the ICI sector. Most companies in the industrial sector train their 442A electricians specifically to their plant and equipment. 442A license holders to not as a rule move from job to job as in the ICI sector.

What requirements are necessary for an Ontario IBEW registered electrical contractor to hire IBEW electricians in New Brunswick for an upcoming project?

Please visit the CECA website at www.ceca.org and click on “Licensing” to obtain information on electrical licensing in each province/territory.

Does the current NECA Manual of Labor Units include the Tool & Equipment Rental Schedule?

No, this item is sold separately