Job requirements Electrician in Canada

Find out what you typically need to work as an electrician in Canada. These requirements are applicable to all Electricians (except industrial and power system) (NOC 72200).

Employment requirements

This is what you typically need for the job.

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a four- to five-year apprenticeship program is usually required.
  • Trade certification for construction electricians is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Trade certification for electricians (domestic and rural) is compulsory in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ontario.
  • Trade certification for electrical control (machine) builders is available, but voluntary, in Ontario.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified construction electricians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Source National Occupational Classification

Professional certification and licensing

You might need to get a certification from a regulatory authority before you start working. Find out if this occupation is regulated and contact the regulatory authority to learn about the certification process.

British Columbia

Job title Electrician, Construction
Regulated
Regulatory body: Skilled Trades BC

Manitoba

Job title Construction Electrician
Job title Security Systems Installation Specialist Electrician
Regulated

New Brunswick

Job title Construction Electrician

Nova Scotia

Job title Construction Electrician
Regulated

Ontario

Job title Electrician
Regulated
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades
Job title Electrician-domestic And Rural
Regulated
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades
Job title Electrician-signal Maintenance
Regulated
Regulatory body: Ontario College of Trades

Québec

Job title Electrician
Regulated
Regulatory body: Québec.ca
Job title Electrician (construction)
Regulated
Job title Security Systems Installation Specialist Electrician
Regulated

Saskatchewan

Job title Construction Electrician
Job title Electrician

Yukon

Job title Construction Electrician

Source Foreign Credential Recognition Program - ESDC

Do you want to work in another province or territory?

If you are already certified to work in a regulated occupation in your province or territory, it will be easier for you to have your certification recognized in another province or territory. See the Workers Mobility's website to learn more.

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