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Electrical Construction & Industrial – Certificate

Electrical Construction & Industrial – Certificate

Training in both construction and industrial electricity – with a strong focus on the principles and practices of construction wiring.

Start Date:
1 Year
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Combined In-class/Online)
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Cumberland Campus • Springhill  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Ivany Campus • Dartmouth  • Waitlist 2020New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2020. Kingstec Campus • Kentville  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney  • Waitlist 2019New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2019. Shelburne Campus • Shelburne • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-time • Ivany Campus/Online • Dartmouth  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Due to constant changes in technology, employers today are looking for electricians capable of working in residential, commercial and industrial settings. This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial trades.

Electricians work in a wide variety of buildings and facilities – on everything from lighting and climate control systems, to communication equipment and thousands of other specific tools and devices. An Electrician's work involves assembling, installing, commissioning, testing, maintaining, servicing and operating electrical systems and equipment.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Highlight"The staff were amazing and made me feel right at home. They actually made it fun for me to come to school."
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    Favourite"Figuring out how to wire my projects, and then getting to test them."
  3. 3
    Favourite"The work experience...shows me what it's like to work with a team and the variety of projects with my trade."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician trades. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience and strong industry connections to the classroom.
  • You get hands-on and practical training. This program teaches a balance of theory and practical application, which means you read and study how to do a job and then you actually get to apply those skills in a work-like setting.

Employment Opportunities

  • Electrical construction, production plant operation and maintenance, public utilities and electrical supply.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at Ivany Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Construction Electrician or Industrial Electrician are designated trades in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Construction Electrician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely in the shop and in the field while performing tasks of this trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
ELEC 1001   DC Theory
ELEC 1003   Residential Wiring
ELEC 1004   AC Theory
ELEC 1005   Introduction to Program Logic Control
ELEC 1006   Commercial and Industrial Wiring
ELEC 1009   Tools, Equipment & Code
ELEC 1100   Work Experience
ELEC 1106   Blueprint Reading I
ELEC 1107   Blueprint Reading II
MATH 1018   Fundamental Mathematics for Electricians
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1025   Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
WORK 1100   Workplace Mentoring I

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Next Steps

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    Application Process

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