ECA Ottawa

Becoming An Apprentice In Ottawa


Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI) & Residential Electrician Apprenticeship
The duration of the ICI apprenticeship is typically 9000 hours and takes about five (5) years to complete. 80% of learning is done on-the-job while under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson.  20% of learning is done through attending the three mandatory levels of Trade School (Basic [8 weeks], Intermediate [10 weeks], Advanced [10 weeks].  The program also requires attendance to mandatory supplemental training Classes at the IBEW prior to being dispatched. It may require some evenings and Saturdays. These classes are designed to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge they require prior to attending Trade School and to train the next generation of Electricians and to be the very best in the industry.

Apprentices work for a member company of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ottawa ( ECA Ottawa). Apprentices are dispatched by the IBEW Local Union 586 (IBEW L.U. 586). Once dispatched to a company, an apprentice works on jobsites performing the tasks of a Construction and Maintenance Electrician and is paid by their employer (Contractor). The geographical area covered is west via Hwy 17 to Deux-Riviers (past Deep River), east to  Hawkesbury,  north to the Ottawa River,  and south of Perth and Smith Falls. An employer could send an apprentice to a jobsite anywhere within this area. Apprentices are required to provide their own transportation to the jobsite. Most work days begin at 7 a.m.

Once selected for the Program, a successful candidate is placed in a pool. As jobs become available, people in the pool are contacted to attend Safety and Orientation (S & O). Selection from the pool is based on a ranking system resulting from the initial Aptitude Test, Interview and Skills Assessment. Once the safety courses are successfully completed, an apprentice will then be dispatched by the IBEW, LU 586 to  an ECA Ottawa member company. 

How To Get Started
ECA Ottawa has developed a brand new Apprenticeship Intake System. First, you must fill in the online application form (coming shortly). You will need to ensure you have successfully completed Grade 12 (or its recognized equivalent),   You must then upload your diploma or official transcripts and your resume. Should you qualify and make it through the preliminary screening, you will be contacted to take our Aptitude Test, an Interview and a Skills Assessment.  

A maximum 200 applicants will be invited to write the Aptitude Test. The top 75 applicants will be invited to join the apprenticeship program. This process will take place annually, or more often if market conditions require.