This certificate program is designed to provide learners with experience that mixes theoretical and hands-on training. Students will expand their knowledge of electrical principles while exploring fundamentals of circuitry and electrical code and safety. Students will engage in a two-week practicum placement and be eligible to write a Prior Learning Assessment exam at the conclusion of the program. Successful completion of the exam will provide credit for first period technical training.

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Career Opportunities

When you finish your apprenticeship, you'll be prepared for such positions as:

  • Business Owner
  • Electrical Inspector
  • Estimator
  • Journeyman Electrician
  • Supervisor

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the average annual salary of an electrician working in Alberta


upon successful completion of the Pre-Electrician Certificate program you’ll be ready to write the First Period Electrician Apprenticeship exam


The Pre-Electrician Certificate program is designed to lead into a full apprenticeship program



September and January

Credential / Accreditation



15 weeks

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024


This program is not available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Pre-Electrician program for the Fall (September) or Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements
  • Successful completion of English 20-2, Math 20-3, and Science 10, pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam, or pass mark in all five Canadian General Education Development (GED) tests. 
Non-Academic Requirements
  • The ability to lift heavy objects weighing in excess of 25 kilograms
  • Good physical coordination and manual dexterity
  • Mechanical ability
  • Good hearing and colour vision
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and adapt to changing tasks and locations
  • Responsibility to do all work tasks expected of a journeyperson
Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Pre-Electrician certificate.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Electrician Certificate program is delivered on campus through an apprenticeship-style training but may have some blended and hyflex components.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
ELT-1100Standard & Specific Workplace Safety3
ELT-1101Circuit Fundamentals & EMF Sources6
ELT-1102Lab Fundamentals6
ELT-1103Electrical Code Part 1 and Drawings3
ELT-1104Practicum Placement1.5
 Total Credits19.5

Upon successful completion of The Pre-Electrician program, you will:

  • be prepared to write the First Period Alberta Apprenticeship Examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the Electrical industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills including cover letter and resume writing, and interview skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Recognition.
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

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