Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the trades.

Not an apprentice? Not a problem. Kick-start your career in the trades in our Pre-Employment Powerline Technician program. Designed for those who are not yet employed or apprenticed within the trades, the Pre-Employment Powerline Technician program provides the first year of the Alberta Powerline Technician Apprenticeship curriculum as well as various safety certificates.

Trades employers are reluctant to hire employees with no experience, but you can enhance your chances in our Pre-Employment Powerline Technician program. Our program provides a mix of theoretical and hands-on training in the utility electrical field related to overhead distribution installations. You will cover all the material in the first-year Powerline Technician Apprenticeship curriculum. You will receive hands on training including: climbing, use of trade specific tools, RBD setup, groundman duties and basic overhead line construction techniques. Additional safety training is also provided. Part of your training includes practical experience in the field.

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Career Opportunities

As a journeyperson in the Powerline industry, you will have opportunities in;

  • Overhead distribution installation.
  • Underground distribution installation.
  • Maintenance of existing powerlines and service areas.
  • Local, provincial, and national powerline industry service providers.

For more information please visit the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training website at;

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the average annual salary of a powerline technician working in Alberta


the number of weeks to go from no experience to writing the first-period Alberta Powerline Technician Apprenticeship exam



September and February


14 weeks

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English 20-2, Math 20-3, Science 10, or pass Apprenticeship Entrance Exam.

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Delivery Formats

The Pre-Employment Powerline Technician 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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Upon successful completion of The Pre-Employment Powerline Technician program, you will:

  • be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge related to the powerline industry acquired through hands-on training
  • be prepared to write the First Year Apprenticeship examination.
  • be prepared to be employed within the powerline technician industry in Alberta.
  • have learned valuable employability skills.
  • obtain a Letter of Completion.


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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Powerline Technician

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.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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