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309A Construction & Maintenance Electrician - Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional (ICI) Apprenticeship Overview

  • Initially there is a 1,800-hour Pre-apprenticeship Program that must be completed to become a Registered Apprentice in the 309A Construction &Maintenance Electrician sector.

  • The duration of the ICI apprenticeship is typically 9000 hours and takes between five (5) and six (6) years to complete. With our Program, a 750-hour education credit will be applied (9000 hrs – 750 hrs = 8250 hrs), with proof of your Math, English, and Physics from the Ontario curriculum (or equivalent-ACE or ICAS).

  • 80% of learning is done on-the-job while under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. Once dispatched to a company an apprentice works on job sites performing the tasks of a Construction and Maintenance Electrician and is paid by their employer (Contractor). 

  • 20% of learning is done through attending the three mandatory levels of Trade School (Basic [8 weeks], Intermediate [10 weeks], Advanced [10 weeks]).  

  • The program also requires attendance to Supplementary Training Classes (STC) on some evenings and Saturdays. These classes are designed to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge they require prior to attending Trade School and to train the next generation of Electricians and to be the very best in the industry.  

  • Apprentices are assigned a counsellor who will guide them through their apprenticeship.

  • Apprentices work for a member company of the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association (Greater Toronto ECA). 

  • Apprentices are dispatched by the IBEW Local Union 353 (IBEW L.U.353). 

  • The geographical area covered is from Lake Ontario north to Parry Sound, and from Trenton in the east to Oakville in the west. An employer could send an apprentice to a job site anywhere within this area. Apprentices are required to provide their own transportation to the job site. Most workdays begin at 7 a.m.

  • Once selected for the program, a successful candidate is placed in a pool. As jobs become available, people in the pool are contacted (a minimum of two (2) weeks prior) to attend Safety and Orientation (S & O). Selection from the pool is completely random. Once the two (2) week Safety and Orientation is successfully completed, an apprentice will then be dispatched by the IBEW, LU 353 to a Greater Toronto ECA-member company and the Pre-Apprenticeship begins. It could take up to a calendar year before all successful candidates in the pool are placed.

To view the training standards for a 309A Construction & Maintenance Electrician, click here:  

309A Construction & Maintenance Electrician Apprenticeship Training Standards

 

Network Cabling Specialist 631A (NCS) Apprenticeship Overview

  • Initially, there is a 2000-hour Pre-apprenticeship that individuals will work as Cable Installers.

  • The duration of the apprenticeship is 4600 hours and takes approximately three (3) years to complete

  • 90% of training is done on-the-job while under the supervision of a Journeyperson Technician

  • 10% of learning is done through attending two (2) levels of Trade School –  Basic (10 weeks) & Advanced (10 weeks)

  • The program also requires attendance to mandatory Safety and Supplementary Training Classes (STC) on some evenings and Saturdays.

  • Apprentices work for a member company of the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association (Greater Toronto ECA)

  • Apprentices are dispatched by the IBEW Local Union 353 (IBEW LU 353)

  • The geographical area covered is from Lake Ontario north to Parry Sound, and from Trenton in the east to Oakville in the west. An employer could send an apprentice to a job site anywhere within this area. Apprentices are required to provide their own transportation to the job site. Most workdays begin at 7 a.m.

To view the training standards for a Network Cabling Specialist 631A, click here: 

Network Cabling Specialist 631A Training Standards 


Low-Rise Residential (LRR) Apprenticeship Overview

 

  • Start with a 900 hours probationary pre-apprenticeship period.

  • The duration of the LRR apprenticeship is typically 9000 hours and takes between five (5) and six (6) years to complete.

  • 80% of learning is done on the job while under the supervision of a licensed journeyperson. Once dispatched to a company an apprentice works on job sites performing the tasks of a Low-Rise Residential and is paid by their employer (Contractor).

  • 20% of learning is done through attending the three mandatory levels of Trade School (Basic [8 weeks], Intermediate [10 weeks], Advanced [10 weeks]).

  • The program also requires attendance to Supplementary Training Classes (STC) on some evenings and Saturdays. These classes are designed to provide apprentices with the skills and knowledge they require prior to attending Trade School and to train the next generation of Electricians and to be the very best in the industry.

  • Apprentices are assigned an advisor who will guide them through their apprenticeship.

  • Apprentices work for a member company of the Greater Toronto Electrical Contractors Association (Greater Toronto ECA).

  • Apprentices are dispatched by the IBEW Local Union 353 (IBEW L.U.353).

  • The geographical area covered is from Lake Ontario north to Parry Sound, and from Trenton in the east to Oakville in the west. An employer could send an apprentice to a job site anywhere within this area. Apprentices are required to provide their own transportation to the job site. Most workdays begin at 7 a.m.

  • Once selected for the Program, a successful candidate is placed in a pool. As jobs become available, people in the pool are contacted (a minimum of two (2) weeks prior) to attend Safety and Orientation (S & O). Selection from the pool is completely random. Once the two (2) week Safety and Orientation are successfully completed, an apprentice will then be dispatched by the IBEW, LU 353 to a Greater Toronto ECA-member company, and the Pre-Apprenticeship begins. It could take up to a calendar year before all successful candidates in the pool are placed.