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Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program

Program Code: COWD 100

Credential: Certificate of Achievement

Program Length: 10 weeks

Start Date:

This program is full. Please check back in January 2022 for further updates.


Age Group: 19 - 35 years old


The Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program at Humber College is a tuition-free program funded by the Government of Ontario that is designed as a transition step to finding an apprenticeship.

Participants will receive Level 1 Electrician – Construction and Maintenance as well as exposure to Domestic and Rural applications. Remedial math support is built into the program and will take place in conjunction with the training delivery to reinforce concepts.

The program is delivered over 10 weeks, followed by a work placement of 8 to 12 weeks.

The program will include:

  • Orientation & Safety Training (1 week)
  • Basic Level Electrician Training - Construction & Maintenance, Workplace Communications & Remedial Math support (10 weeks full-time)
  • Work Placements (8-12 weeks: dependent on employer)

Your Career

Over the next few years, economic growth is expected to boost employment in most construction sectors, and as the construction industry – both residential and commercial – continues to grow, qualified electricians will increasingly be in demand, giving you a wide range of opportunities to choose from. Additional factors enhancing the job prospects and the need for more electricians is the increasing concern for energy conservation that has led to the installation of more energy saving options, as wells as the upgrading and retrofitting of aging buildings.

This Pre-Apprenticeship Electrician program will help to address the skill shortages in the industry in the GTA and particularly help youth prepare for the opportunities in the sector with the upcoming projects.

Work Placement

Participants will complement their formal training program with a 8-12 week paid work placement in the industry. This will be accomplished through a combination of student input and support from a dedicated Job Developer.


This course is an introduction to semiconductors, meters, and digital devices. Common semiconductors, including the diode family and the bipolar junction transistor (BJT), used as a switch will be covered as will the applications of these devices. Binary numbering and its application to digital logic will be covered. The course is delivered in a lab/lecture format.

This course covers the application of the Canadian Electrical Code Part 1 (CEC) for installations pertaining to sections 0,2,4,6,8,10,12,16,22 and 26. This course also covers grounding and bonding requirements, residential demand calculations, and service sizing. Emphasis is placed on the installation requirements for residential applications.

The course deals with the principles, construction, operation, maintenance, and safety features of process materials and instrumentation for non-electrical measurement of process pressure and temperature. The appropriate Instrument Society of America symbols are used throughout the course. The concepts of electrical/electronic sensors and instruments are also introduced, covering signal conditioning, common voltage, and current control loops. The operation of devices such as indicators, controllers, and computers are also discussed. Practical shop assignments will reinforce theory on how to calibrate, install, and maintain these sensors and instruments.

This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamental electrical principles in relation to series, parallel, and combination resistive circuits. Classic circuit theorems are used to calculate current, voltage, and power in resistive circuits. This knowledge is then applied to wire size calculations and voltage drop calculations in two and three wire single phase distribution circuits.

This is a practical course in which students will select and install common residential electrical wiring systems and equipment within the regulations and standards set out by the Canadian Electrical Code and the Building Code.

Students will read and interpret electrical construction prints in order to extract material lists, installation requirements and project management needs for a residential electrical installation.

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum Requirement: Grade 10 equivalency demonstrated via High School transcripts. To learn about accommodations or exceptions to this requirement, please contact the Project Manager (contact details listed below)
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada and obtain an Ontario apprenticeship.

Additional Requirements

  • Write an assessment test facilitated by Humber College.
  • Attend an interview (by invite only, based on assessment results).

Program Contact

This program is full. Please check back in January 2022 for further updates.