Program Intake


Process and Timelines

Intake Timeline Summary- Click HERE for downloadable version

*Proceed below for a more detailed breakdown of each step*


It is important for applicants to understand that the process is very competitive. On average, we receive over 1000 applications each year. Therefore applicants should make sure they take the time and prepare and understand the intake process and requirements. Applicants should know that they will be assessed at every stage of the process whether it is in-person, via email or over the phone.


Step by Step Process:


1. If you have subscribed to receive emails, you will be sent an email notifying you that the Intake Process is open. If you have not yet subscribed to receive emails, click here.


2. Once the Intake process opens, applicants will log on to the registration page, complete the form and pay the registration fee. Once this step is completed you will receive an email with a username and password and a link to move on to the next step of the application process.


3. You will be required to upload your resume, official transcript (with proof of OSSD), or Secondary School Comprehensive Assessment Report from ICAS.


4. You will have two (2) weeks to complete the Application Form and the Essential Skills Assessment (ESA). There are four (4) sections to the ESA. Each section must be completed in one (1) sitting. You will receive an email reminder three (3) days prior to the ESA expiring. You will have to re-apply if you do not complete the ESA within the two (2) week time frame. The two (2) weeks begin immediately starting from the time of purchase.

5. Once successful with the ESA, you will be able to proceed to the Mechanical Aptitude Test (MAT). You will have one (1) week to complete the MAT. You are required to complete this test in one (1) sitting. You will receive an email reminder three (3) days before the test expires. You will have to re-apply if you do not complete the MAT within the one (1) week time frame. The one (1) week begins as soon as you gain access to the MAT.


6. Applicants moving forward will receive an email inviting them to take part in the Job Awareness Activity (JAA).


7. While attending the JAA, applicants will be required to answer a few general questions and write a one-page essay explaining why they would like to become a 309A Construction & Maintenance Electrician and why they would like to apply. This is your opportunity to express why you are the best candidate for our Program, considering the high volume of applicants.


8. Successful applicants will be given a date and time for a panel interview with representatives from the Greater Toronto ECA, the IBEW LU 353 and the Electrical Apprentice Training Alliance.


9. Successful applicants will be placed into a selection pool and contacted based on industry demand. All successful candidates should remain in their current jobs until called.


10. When there is a need for apprentices, the Electrical Apprentice Training Alliance randomly selects candidates from the pool and they are invited to attend a two (2) week Safety & Orientation. (S&O). The program includes:


  • Introduction to the Electrical Apprentice Training Program
  • Introduction to electrical theory and basic circuitry
  • Material and tool identification
  • First Aid
  • Working at Heights (WAH)


11. During the S&O you will meet with your Apprenticeship Advisor who will be your main point of contact throughout your apprenticeship and create your personalized apprenticeship training plan.


All successful candidates should remain in their current jobs until called.


Being invited to the S&O is not a guarantee; applicants are required to pass the S&O in order to carry on in the Program.


After successfully completing the S&O you will be dispatched to a Greater Toronto ECA contractor. This is the start of the Pre-Apprenticeship. You will be on probation for 1,800 hours and be assessed/evaluated onsite by your Apprenticeship Advisor and a Direct Supervisor a minimum of two (2) times, more if there appears to be issues. Candidates can be removed from the program if essential skill sets and performance are not up to industry standards.