2022-23 Calendar

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship

If you have any questions about how a course or program is delivered, you can check the Trades website, email the Department Chair or email the Trades & Apprenticeship office:

Apprenticeship: apprenticeship@okanagan.bc.ca
Foundation and General Interest: trades@okanagan.bc.ca

This 24-week program provides students with little or no previous experience in the electrical trade with the necessary skills to seek employment in that industry as an apprentice electrician. The program exposes the student to aspects of residential, commercial and industrial systems in this trade with a focus on developing practical skills. The curriculum follows the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development guidelines for the first-year in-class components of the Electrician Apprenticeship, which includes installation procedures in compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code for residential, commercial and industrial systems.

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or 19 years of age and out of secondary school for at least one year as of the first day of classes.

  • English 12 with minimum 50% or alternatives.

  • Math requirement:

A minimum of 67% in any of:

    • Pre-calculus Grade 11
    • Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11
    • Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11
    • Workplace Mathematics 11
    • Principles of Mathematics 11
    • Applications of Mathematics 11
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 011
    • Adult Basic Education MATH 084 and MATH 085
    • Adult Basic Education IALG 011

Or a minimum of 85% on the Trades Entrance Assessment (TEA) mathematics test. Test scores are only good for two (2) years.

Applicants who have not satisfied the Math requirement within the last seven (7) years must write the TEA Mathematics test and must receive a minimum of 85%.


ELEC 101 Trades Math
ELEC 102 Trades Science Concepts
ELEC 103 Safe Work Practices
ELEC 104 Rigging & Hoisting Equipment
ELEC 105 Hand Tools
ELEC 106 Portable Power Tools
ELEC 107 Principles of Electricity
ELEC 108 Electrical Circuits
ELEC 109 Conductors & Raceways
ELEC 110 Test Equipment
ELEC 111 Controls and Lighting
ELEC 112 Prints & Drawings
ELEC 113 Canadian Electrical Code
ELEC 114 Solid State Devices
ELEC 115 Level One Technical Exam

Location: Kelowna and on a rotating basis in Penticton, Vernon and Salmon Arm

Program Schedule: February to July, February to October, August to January, and September to May (24 weeks)

There are a number of physical activities involved in training for a skilled trade. Please review the physical activities of the program and the recommended student characteristics.

Graduation Requirements

Passing grade is a minimum of a graded average of 70% overall.

Program Area:

Trades and Apprenticeship

Campus (Intake):

  • Vernon (Aug)
  • Penticton (Feb)
  • Salmon Arm (Aug)
  • Kelowna (Mar, Aug)




  • Full-Time


2022-23: $3,807.54 (Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm) $3,864.26 (Vernon)

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.
  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.
  • International students will pay International tuition fees


This program is student loan eligible.

Click here to view the Training Schedule for up-to-date intake dates.

Department Website

Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 12/10/2022