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Apprenticeship / Trades


Electricians 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. For more information, see the Designated Trades Profile on Alberta’s Tradesecrets website


Any of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Client Service Offices located throughout Alberta. For a list of office locations and telephone numbers, click on “Contact Us” on the home page of the Tradesecrets website (


Under Alberta’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Education Act [pdf], you must have a certificate that is recognized by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training or be a registered apprentice to install, alter, repair or maintain electrical systems in Alberta.

What You Need

The term of apprenticeship for apprentice electricians in Alberta is 4 years (four 12 month periods) that include 1,560 hours of on-the-job training and 8 weeks of classroom instruction in each of the first three years, and 1,440 hours of on-the-job training and 12 weeks of classroom instruction in the fourth year.

Apprentices must find suitable employers who are willing to hire and train apprentices.

Working in Alberta

Electricians from other provinces and territories can work in Alberta if they hold a certificate or license recognized by Alberta. For more information, see the Recognized Trade Certificates page of the Tradesecrets website.

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