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 for first-year electrician apprentices, as well as additional basic wiring skills and safety training. Upon completion, students will be ready to challenge the first-year electrician apprenticeship exam.
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 fibre optic systems
- install, replace, maintain and repair renewable power sources and related equipment.
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training will recognize students who successfully complete this program.
The students will have the opportunity to write the provincial level 1 Apprenticeship Trade Examination.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for the first-year apprenticeship.
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.
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Admission and selection
- Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019, and are accepted until the program start date.
- Winter 2021 start: applications open March 30, 2020, and are accepted until the program start date.
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 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.
Communication during selection
Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
View additional Pre-Employment Electrician program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.
|Course Code||Course Name||Credits|
|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|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.
Domestic Tuition and Fees*
|Year||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees||Health & Dental Plan||2020/21 total|
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
- 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.
- Health and Dental Plan: $460
- For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.
Books and supplies*
- Books and supplies are approximately $800
- Find out about tuition and financial aid.
* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
Important dates and deadlines
Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.
This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.
How to register for classes
You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including ETHI 100: Ethics in Action.
The Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.