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Pre-Employment Electrician

Open for Fall 2020

Closed for Winter 2020

Length: 12 Weeks
Credential: Certificate
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Enter an electrician apprenticeship with hands-on skills through this program that covers electrical codes and theory, along with basic wiring and safety. Grads can challenge the first year apprenticeship exam.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $4,848
Year 1 (International): $10,187

Year 1: $5,373

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for winter 2020 open May 1, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications spring and fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Winter 2020 Mar. 24, 2020
Spring 2020 May 19, 2020
Fall 2020 Aug. 24, 2020
Fall 2020 Sept. 15, 2020
Fall 2020 Nov. 16, 2020
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Program Details

Program description

This 12-week, full-time program is designed to offer an alternate route to those looking to enter the Electrician trade. If you are struggling to find an employer willing to indenture you as an Electrician apprentice, this program may be right for you. This program covers all course materials received by a first-year Electrician apprentice, as well as additional basic wiring skills and safety training. The program prepares students to enter into an apprenticeship with hands-on skills and, upon successful completion of the program, to challenge the first year Electrician apprenticeship exam.

Your career 

Electricians play a critical role in many industries including mining, oil and gas extraction, construction, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, and wholesale trade. Electricians in the construction industry can further specialize in residential (housing developments), commercial (office buildings), institutional (hospitals) and industrial (plants, factories) types of installations. They install, alter, repair and maintain electrical or live alarm systems designed to provide heat, light, power and controls for all types of buildings, structures and premises.

While on the job, they may perform some of the following duties:

  • read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and architectural drawings and electrical code specifications to determine wiring layouts;
  • cut, thread, bend, assemble, and install conduits and other types of electrical conductor enclosures and fittings;
  • install distribution and control equipment such as switches, relays, circuit breaker panels, and fuse enclosures;
  • install data cabling and test circuits to ensure integrity and safety;
  • install and maintain fibreoptic systems;
  • install, replace, maintain, and repair renewable power sources and related equipment.

Graduates of the Pre-Employment Electrician program have a high employment rate.

Student success

AIT will recognize students who successfully complete this program. The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial level 1 Apprenticeship Trade Examination.

Credentials and accreditation

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Polytechnic Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year Apprenticeship.

Program start Program end Exam date
May 21, 2019 Aug. 8, 2019 Aug. 8, 2019
Aug. 26, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019 Nov. 14, 2019
Sept. 17, 2019 Dec. 6, 2019 Dec. 6, 2020
Nov. 18, 2019 Feb. 20, 2020 Feb. 20, 2020
Feb. 24, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020
Mar. 24, 2020 June 12, 2020 June 12, 2020
May 18, 2020 Aug. 6, 2020 Aug. 6, 2020

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
  • Rocky Mountain College

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Winter 2020 start: applications open May 1, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Spring 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019 and are accepted until the program start date.

Admission Requirements

Successful completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1, Math 20-2, Math 20-3, Pure Math 20, or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 20-1 or English Language Arts 20-2,
  • Science 10
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
  • A pass mark in the SAIT Admission Examination (level 5) or equivalent is accepted in lieu of the above requirements. 

Note: General Educational Development (GED) tests are not accepted in lieu of the admission requirements.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Electrician and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Program Outline

View additional Pre-Employment Electrician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
CODE-232 Electrical Code I 3.0
ELEC-230 Electrician Theory I 6.0
ELEC-231 Electrician Laboratory I 3.0
ELEC-245 Elec. Practical Applications I 3.0
Total Credits 15.0


Canada-Alberta Job Grant  This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

2019/20 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $4,848 - - - $4,848

2019/20 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $10,187 - - - $10,187

2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $5,187 $186 - - $5,373

*as approved by SAIT's Board of Governors


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.


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