On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Apprentice training delivery
Blended learning delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus and online. It includes scheduled classes and labs, as well as unscheduled coursework. Lab work will continue to be on campus.
Standard delivery method - your course activity is done on-campus in classrooms and labs.
Block release delivery type - your course activity has a fixed start and completion date. You will leave work and attend school for that period.
Weekly apprenticeship training system (WATS) delivery type - your course activity is done in shorter segments over an extended period. You can continue to work full-time while attending school.
Learn more about apprenticeship delivery methods and types at tradesecrets.alberta.ca.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses registered in and successfully completed per semester.
Learn more about program length on SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Learn how to install, alter, repair and maintain electrical systems designed to provide heat, light, power, control, signal or fire alarms for all types of buildings, structures and premises.
On the job, you'll begin by reading and interpreting electrical, mechanical and architectural drawings, specifications and applicable code to determine wiring layouts. Next, you'll cut, thread, bend, assemble and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures, pull wire through conduits and holes in walls and floors as well as position, maintain and install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels and fuse enclosures.
You'll also install, replace, maintain and repair electrical systems. You'll form circuits by splicing, joining and connecting wire before testing the circuits to ensure integrity and safety.
You may specialize in renewable energy – such as wind and solar – and fire alarm systems. During your career, you may be able to work in specific industries including:
- residential (housing developments)
- commercial (office buildings)
- institutional (hospitals, schools)
- industrial (plants and factories).
To work in this trade, certification is required. This means that you must either be a registered apprentice who is working under the guidance of a certified journeyperson, or you must be a certified journeyperson yourself.
Is this the right fit for me?
Electricians are individuals who are self-motivated, can work alone or alongside a team and enjoy assisting people. This line of work is most fulfilling for those who enjoy problem-solving and working with their hands.
To thrive in this career, it is important to have the following traits:
- have strong math skills
- be a team player and self-motivated worker
- be willing to keep learning with Alberta code updates and new industry developments
- ability to differentiate colors for working with color-coded wiring
- enjoy problem-solving and finding solutions
- have a passion for technology and be proficient with computers
- take pride in producing high-quality, precise work
- excellent communication skills with team members, customers and managers
- committed to maintaining health and safety standards
Upon successfully completing the required working hours and apprenticeship education periods, graduates will be awarded journeyperson status by Alberta's Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Electricians are a Red Seal Endorsed trade –a recognizable standard that allows tradespeople to work across Canada.
As an electrician, you will often work in construction or maintenance for contractors, manufacturers or resource companies and will be required to do a variety of electrical work in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Each job will be a new challenge for you and may require you to work indoors or outdoors on scaffolding or in confined and restricted locations.
After becoming a journeyperson, you may become a foreperson, superintendent, estimator, electrical inspector, technical instructor or move into other management positions.
Some journeypersons go on to run their own businesses – we can help you build your business with our Blue Seal business certificate.
In Alberta, a valid master electrician identification number is required for permits before electrical work can begin on any project. Alberta-certified electricians may apply to the Alberta Safety Codes Council to become a master electrician following three years of certification. At SAIT, we help you become a master electrician with our Masters Code and Applied Theory course.
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required or recommended education for the trade to which you apply.
Entrance requirements are monitored and set by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Successful completion of the following courses:
- English 20-2
- Math 20-3
- Science 10
A pass mark in all five Canadian General Educational Development (GED) tests
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Entrance Exam
Apprentices with an Alberta High School Diploma that includes the following courses:
- English 30-2
- Math 30-3
- Physics 30 OR Chemistry 30 OR Science 30
- Related career and technology studies (CTS) courses
When do classes start?
Registration for the 2023/24 academic year opens May 11, 2023.
|Period||Start date||End date|
|1, 2 or 3||Aug. 28, 2023||Oct. 20, 2023|
|4||Aug. 28, 2023||Nov. 17, 2023|
|4*||Sept. 25, 2023||Dec. 15, 2023|
|1, 2* or 3*||Oct. 23, 2023||Dec. 15, 2023|
|1, 2 or 3||Jan. 2, 2024||Feb. 23, 2024|
|4||Jan. 2, 2024||March 22, 2024|
|4**||Jan. 2, 2024||May 24, 2024|
|1, 2 or 3||Feb. 26, 2024||April 19, 2024|
|4||March 25, 2024||June 14, 2024|
|1, 2 or 3||April 29, 2024||June 21, 2024|
*Standard Class or Blended Learning available.
**Distance delivery intake. Apprentices may complete theory modules outside the classroom but must attend campus for a period of time, during the day or evenings, to complete the lab and practical requirements. Learn more about distance training.
How to register
Registration for apprenticeship education is run through Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Learn how you can register for your next intake.
Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Services
Suite 200 Willow Park Centre
10325 Bonaventure DR. SE
After you register
Email is the primary source of communication after you have registered for your intake. Please ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.
The term of apprenticeship for an electrician is four years (four 12-month periods) including a minimum of 1560 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of apprenticeship education in each of the first three years and a minimum of 1440 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of apprenticeship education in the fourth year.
You will start by learning standard workplace safety. You will then learn circuit fundamentals, EMF sources, LAB fundamentals as well as Canadian electrical code part 1 and drawings.
You will learn about alternating currents, circuit properties, RLC circuits, heating and cooling systems, magnetic controls and switching circuits as well as Canadian electrical code part 1/plans and diagrams.
You will learn three-phase principles, three-phase motor principles, transformers and Canadian electrical code.
You will learn machines, control and switching, PLC, fire alarm systems, applications of electronics as well as Canadian electrical code part 1 applications and safety.
Apprenticeship education performance
To be successful in apprenticeship education, an apprentice must pass each section of the course and pass the AIT exam. The passing grade for each section in the course is a 65%. A passing mark on each provincial exam and the interprovincial qualification (or Red Seal Exam) is 70%.
Tuition and fees*
The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023.
|Period||Number of weeks||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Total|
What your SAIT fees pay for
Student support fee: supports student services and resources to help you succeed throughout your academic career, including services such as Career Advancement Services, and Student Development and Counselling.
Student technology fee: supports improvements to cybersecurity to protect student and institutional information, access to learning material outside the classroom, and technology to enhance the student experience.
Campus recreation fee: supports the provision of recreation and fitness facilities, movement classes, wellness programs, student events, intermural activities, varsity sports programs, and a variety of student engagement initiatives offered throughout the academic year. Exemptions to recreation fees are made in some circumstances.
Upass: provides you with unlimited access to Calgary Transit. Ineligible students are not required to pay this fee. Learn more about eligibility requirements.
Lab and materials fees: ensures SAIT labs and living classrooms have the required equipment and materials to support the necessary training for students.
Laundry fee: covers the cost of laundering the required uniforms. Applicable only to certain programs and apprenticeships.
Saitsa fees: supports the student-led, non-profit organization representing students. Fees support the operation of a variety of student services, activities, and programming.
Health and dental fees: provides access to thousands of dollars in coverage for prescription medication, dental treatments, paramedical services, and multiple other benefits. Domestic students with existing health and dental coverage may opt out. Find more details at saitsa.com/benefits.
|SAIT fees||Cost per period|
|Lab and materials fee||$90|
|Student support fee||$52.75|
|Student technology fee||$52.75|
|Campus recreation fee||$51.50|
Saitsa fee per week: $9
Books and supplies*
- Books or modules along with other items for class average out to $600 per period.
- It is recommended that you do not purchase books or modules ahead of time as they might be outdated by the time you attend classes and they cannot be returned to the bookstore.
- Personal protective equipment will be required for the program, which may be an additional cost to apprentices.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.