Start your journey to become an electrician

Program: Fundamentals of Electrical 1



  • Thebacha Campus – Fort Smith

Program length: 20 Weeks

Start date: September 20, 2022


  • Aurora College Fundamentals of Electrical 1 Certificate


  • Classroom
  • Lab

Program Description

The Fundamentals of Electrical 1 program is 20 weeks in length and is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to pursue entry-level employment and/or an apprenticeship in Electrical. Students participating in the program will gain desirable employment skills that employers seek. The technical aspect of the program is delivered through a combination of classroom theory and hands-on shop work covering all the course material in the first year Apprenticeship Electrician program. In addition, students will also acquire the necessary safety certifications to work in the field.

Program Eligibility

Applicants may be admitted into the Fundamentals of Electrical program based on one of the following pathways: academic pathway or experiential/mature student pathway.


Applicants may be considered for admission who:

  • Are 18 years of age or older;
  • Have successfully completed English 20-2; and
  • Have successfully completed Math 10C; and
  • Have successfully completed Science 10.

Applicants who have completed the Aurora College Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP) Trades Pathway and have:

  • A minimum of 60 percent in Aurora College English 140; and
  • A minimum of 60 percent in Aurora College Math 140; and
  • A minimum of 60 percent in Aurora College Science 140.

Equivalencies and other post-secondary education may be considered.


Applicants who are 20 years or older, have been out of school for at least one year, and have relevant work/life experience in the carpentry field may be considered for admission. Eligibility for the program may be determined through an interview, an assessment of English and math, a review of the applicant’s resume, or other means.
Regardless of the pathway for admission, all applicants must:

  • Submit official transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary education, as applicable.

Depending on the applicant’s pathway, they may be requested to:

  • Submit a resume or other evidence of relevant work/life experience.
  • Participate in an interview.
  • Complete an assessment of English and math.

Applicant Assessment

Applicants must complete an Aurora College application form and provide high school and/or other official post-secondary transcripts.  Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in one or more of the required academic courses for admission are encouraged to apply early and provide transcripts that demonstrate that they are currently registered in these courses. Applicants may receive a conditional acceptance that is dependent on their successful completion of the required courses. Applicants who are conditionally accepted will be required to provide a final transcript upon completion of the required courses to be fully accepted.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to this program based on how well they meet the program eligibility requirements, on the date of application, eligibility requirements/pathways and on space availability. Program applicants must be physically capable of performing the work involved in the Electrical trade. In the selection of students, preference will be given to students with an aptitude and a desire to be employed in the Electrical trade.

Priority may be given to applicants who have resided in the Northwest Territories for at least one year prior to the date of the program. Additionally, applicants who are currently enrolled in the Aurora College Occupations and College Access Program (OCAP), Trades Pathway are encouraged to apply early and prior to completion of their program. To be given priority in the selection process, applicants must have submitted a complete* application. Applications will be processed based on the date that their application is complete*.

* A complete application is one in which all required documentation (ex. application, transcripts, letter of reference) and all requested documentation (ex. additional documentation that supports your eligibility that is requested for your application) is received.

Program Information

The program is designed for people interested in pursuing entry-level employment and/or apprenticeship in the Electrical field. This program will equip students with job readiness skills, theoretical knowledge, technical skills and safety training that potential employers seek, giving them an advantage over others without any exposure or experience interested in the trade.

Students are exposed to the program concepts through a combination of in-class instruction, individual/group study and a hands-on shop component covering the practical applications of the trade.

Students who successfully pass this program may be eligible to write the Electrician Level 1 apprenticeship exam. Successful students may be granted up to 480 hours work experience towards their apprenticeship, after becoming indentured, and with their employer’s recommendation.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will:

  1. Develop valuable employment and study skills.
  2. Be prepared for employment in the workplace.
  3. Interpret the general sections of the electrical code.
  4. Understand and wire basic switching control systems.
  5. Read and interpret drawings and diagrams.
  6. Understand basic electrical theory and circuits.
  7. Work safely in the electrical field.

Completion Requirements

Students must demonstrate acceptable life skills such as punctuality, attendance, and attitude and successfully complete all portions of the program.

Students must achieve a theory mark of 65 percent or greater, obtain a shop mark of 65 percent or greater and complete all assigned work.

Document of Recognition

Aurora College Certificate of Completion