Become an Electrician



Electricians help bring electricity into homes and buildings. They install, repair, test and maintain electrical wiring, fuses and equipment through where electricity flows. There are many fields you can get into within the electrical trade ranging from construction and maintenance electrical with residential wiring, to very complex fibre-optic connections. The future and career opportunities in the electrical trade areendless.


The wages for an apprentice starts at about $15 an hour, while a journeyman earns about $40 an hour, $60 when benefits are taken into account.


You are required a minimum of grade 10 education for non-union electricians in Ontario and grade 12 for those in a union. Having a high school diploma is not required, but preferred, given that math is mandatory to do electrical work.

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Steps to Become an Electrician

Electricians are required to start off as apprentices. But before getting an employer to sign you as an apprentice, you need some previous training in the trade. This is where a pre-apprenticeship program comes into play. The Construction and Maintenance Electrician Pre-Apprentice Program at Skilled Trades College of Canada was created to give students the right mix of theoretical and hands-on practical experience to make them successful apprentices. They make sure you are apprentice ready, before, and when the time comes.

After completing a training program, a student will then obtain an apprenticeship with an employer which will train him/her and pay them at the same time (you learn while you earn). In Ontario, an apprentice needs to put in 9,000 hours of work, which includes a combination of work and trade school, and to obtain their certificate of apprenticeship. After completing the hours, an apprentice can apply to write their certificate of qualification exam (which is also required to get your trade ‘ticket’). After completing all their hours, and their exam, an apprentice becomes a journeyperson electrician and later receives their certificate of qualification, also known as their license.

  1. Obtain Pre-Apprenticeship Training from a credible institution (Skilled Trades College)
  2. Get an employer to sign you as an apprentice
  3. Work with the employer (as an apprentice) while they train you, get paid for the work you do, and ever-so often you will go back to school for four eight week blocks of technical training
  4. Complete 9,000 hours
  5. Apply to write your certificate of qualification exam
  6. Licence


Increasing Demand: The demand for qualified electricians will increase drastically over the next ten years. In fact, it is expected that more than 100,000 new electrician jobs will be created over this time period, with thousands of current electricians retiring. This translates to further job creation and increased opportunities for those looking to get into the electrical trade.

Respectable Professions: Electricians are becoming more respected in the construction trade and are considered by many to be one of the top professions within the skilled trades industry. Most would agree that it takes a great degree of skill and knowledge to work with electricity every day.

Opportunity for Growth: As an electrician, you will have many opportunities for advancement in your career. After becoming a licensed electrical tradesperson, you will have the opportunity to move up the ladder from a service technician, to field manager, operations manager, distribution manager, and have the ability to choose from residential, commercial and industrial sectors. The possibilities for growth are endless.

Why Become an Electrician?

Electricians are respected, paid very well, and play an important role in building Canada’s infrastructure. In addition, some estimate that within ten years Canada will face a shortage of 250,000 individuals in the construction industry. This translates to a growing demand for skilled trade workers and better job security.

Learn more about our Electrician Pre-Apprentice Program