How to become an Apprentice

In order to become a licensed electrician in the Province on Ontario you must first complete an electrical apprenticeship. Information on how to become an apprentice is below.

What you should know about becoming an electrician.

Find out how to apply as an apprentice.

What is involved in becoming an Electrical Apprentice in Ontario?

Step 1 – Find a sponsoring company. All Apprenticeships in the province of Ontario require that an apprentice must first have a sponsor or trainer.  Most sponsors are employers who will hire, train and pay you during your apprenticeship.
Step 2 – You must have achieved your Grade 12 diploma with math, english and physics.
Step 3 – Fill in the application form and the education begins.
Step 4 – An electrical apprenticeship requires you to complete 9000 hours of on the job training (approx 5 years) as well as complete 3 levels of Ministry approved trade school.
Step 5 – Once your apprenticeship is complete you are invited to write the certification exam. Upon successful completion you will be a qualified electrician.

What do I need to be an apprentice?

Motivated, physically fit and mechanically inclined are all good qualities to have when applying for an apprenticeship position.

  • Completed High School Diploma
    (After 1984- 30 credits/ Prior to 1984-27  credits)
  • Official transcript including the following
    Grade 12 Math and Grade 12 English
  • Typed resume with references
    Note: A “GED” (General Education Development) Certificate may be accepted in special situations as a substitute for the diploma. Please contact the JAC.

    How do I apply to become an apprentice?

As we do not have a scheduled intake, you will need to find a signatory employer who is willing to sponsor you. They will contact the ECA Ottawa office with your contact information. You will be advised of the date and time scheduled for your aptitude testing.

What is the application process once you have a sponsor?

Step 1   − Fill in and submit your application. After the application is completed, the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) will schedule you for a mechanical aptitude test.
Step 2   − Those who qualify will be invited for a selection interview.
Step 3   − Successful interviewees will be contacted to attend a 30 hour Health & Safety Training
Step 4   − Upon successful completion of preceding courses, applicant will begin pre­-apprenticeship program. Please note that you cannot work before completing the mandatory orientation.

What is the process for work and school?

Complete 30 Hours of Health & Safety Training

Step 1   − Work for approximately 2500 hours- 40% for first 1800 hours and 50% for next 700 hours at Journeyman’s Wage Rate.
Step 2   − Complete Basic Code Book Training and Construction 1- prior to Basic Trade School.
Step 3   − Attend Basic Level Trade School for eight weeks (2400 hours credit).
Step 4   − Work for approximately 3000 hours- 50% for Balance of second term, 60% for third term and 70% for Fourth term hours.
Step 5   − Complete Construction II- prior to Intermediate Trade School.
Step 6   − Attend Intermediate Level Trade School for 10 weeks (300 hours credit).
Step 7   − Work for approximately 3000 hours- 70% for balance of 4th term and 80% for balance of fifth term hours. Need to have hours at 8700 hours before attending Advanced Trade School.
Step 8   − Complete Construction Ill- prior to Advanced Trade School.
Step 9   − Attend Advanced Trade School for 10 weeks (300 hour credit).
Step 10− Attend Pre-exam course (week 11) while at Trade School (30 hour credit).
Step 11− Write Certificate of Qualifications Exam, must obtain 70% for Inter-Provincial Seal.

What is the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC)?
The purpose of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee (JAC) is to recruit, select, assess, counsel and educate electrical apprentices of the Ottawa area.

ECA Ottawa is the recognized Local Apprenticeship Committee (LACL under the direction of Local Union 586 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start working?
There is no defined amount of time that this process may take.

What if I don’t have the education requirements?
We suggest that you contact one of the following services in order to obtain the needed course(s):
– Your local Secondary School for information regarding night school:
– Local School Board for Continuing Education
– Department for Adult Education Centres.

Where will I work?

Placements for the JAC are within the jurisdiction of Local 586. The city of Ottawa, the counties of Prescott and Russell and counties of Lanark and Renfrew in Ontario as well as the counties of Hull, Papineau, Gatineau and Pontiac in Quebec. You must provide your own transportation to the job site.

What if I have a Journeyman’s Licence from another Country?

Please contact the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW 586) or the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MYCU) Apprenticeship Branch.

What if I was educated in another country and do not have my transcript?

You can obtain your transcript from the school board in your country of origin or contact your local embassy for help. Your marks must also be translated and assessed. Please contact:

International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS):
1-800-321-6021, Email: , Website:
Ask for Comprehensive Report and state it is for the JAC application process.

Where can I find out more information on apprenticeship in the province of Ontario?

You can find out more by contacting the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Telephone: 613-731-7100