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2021-22 program delivery

To ensure we can safely offer the high-quality learning you expect, we’ve changed how some programs will be delivered. Please visit the “locations & availability” tab to view current program delivery.

Electrical Construction and Industrial - Certificate

Get training in both construction and industrial electrical, with a strong focus on the principles and practices of construction wiring.

A man in blue coveralls, safety glasses and white gloves works on wiring at a construction site.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year


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

Employers are looking for electricians capable of working in residential, commercial and industrial settings who can respond to constant changes in technology.

This program offers practical and theoretical training in both construction and industrial trades.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Study options

  • This program is available for part-time study at Ivany Campus. 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.
    • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
    • Once admitted, you're referred to the 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.
  • This program is available at Shelburne Campus through blended delivery (a combination of in-class and online (scheduled) courses). Some courses are delivered 100% online.

Choose NSCC

  • 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.

Other info

  • 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.

2021-22 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.


Tuition is valid for the 2021-22 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

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

Future study options

  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA) to legally work in the Construction Electrician trade in Nova Scotia.
  • 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 NSAA. Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • 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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

Recognizing prior learning / transfer credits
If you have previous learning (course, employment, etc...) that's relevant to your program, you can apply to earn credit. Learn about our recognizing prior learning (RPL) process.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

ELEC 1001 - DC Theory
This course is designed for learners beginning a study of electricity. You will use basic math to explain and solve electrical problems. The course is arranged in logical, sequential order to give you a solid foundation in understanding the concepts of electricity.

ELEC 1003 - Residential Wiring
This course covers theory and practice for installing residential wiring. You will interpret and apply proper wiring standards to the Canadian Electrical Code requirements. You will have the opportunity to install cables, boxes, devices, heaters, controls, service entrances, and to work with schematic drawings and symbols to interpret and apply their instructions.

ELEC 1004 - AC Theory
This course is designed as an introduction to alternating current (AC) and its comparison to direct current (DC). You will discuss AC voltage, frequency and waveforms as well as series and parallel circuits. You will learn about electrical characteristics such as resistance, inductance and capacities and carry out calculations associated with AC circuits.

ELEC 1006 - Commercial and Industrial Wiring
This course covers theory and practice for commercial and industrial wiring installations. You will work with schematic drawings and symbols, and apply wiring standards to meet Canadian Electrical Code requirements to install raceways, wireways, cable tray, tubing, fittings, cables and conductors, lighting and motor controls.

ELEC 1010 - Tools and Equipment I
This course introduces the various types of electrical tools and equipment, and procedures for their safe use and care. You will be required to demonstrate the safe operation and handling of both hand and powered tools. You will learn shop safety standards and apply them in this course and throughout the program. Course material also provides instruction in the interpretation and application of the Canadian Electrical Code.

ELEC 1011 - Tools and Equipment II
This course introduces the various types of access and material handling equipment, and procedures for their safe use and care. Students will be required to demonstrate the safe setup and use of ladders. The course also provides an introduction to communication cabling and the tools and equipment used in this aspect of the trade.

ELEC 1100 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

ELEC 1106 - Blueprint Reading
This course covers the theory and practice required to read plans and blueprints. You will learn to apply the fundamentals of blueprint interpretation, read floor scaled plans, elevation plans, section drawings, detailed drawings, plot plans, and specifications related to the electrical trade. Estimating skills for projects are also covered in this course.

MATH 1018 - Fundamental Mathematics for Electricians
This course is designed to review basic math skills. Learners will review adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, decimals, fractions, metric and imperial conversions and algebraic equations.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SAFE 1020 - Introduction to Confined Space
The learner is introduced to the basic requirements and procedures involved with confined spaces. The definition and associated hazards of confined space are discussed as well as methods of confined space rescue. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1025 - Certified Fall Arrest and Protection
This course provides participants with an understanding of the hazards associated with working from heights and compliance with Workplace Health and Safety Regulations (2013). Throughout the course, participants will gain experience in the donning of a harness, an overview and presentation of system components involved when working from heights and learn how to complete a fall calculation and emergency procedures.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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