Canada

Canada

Recognition of Canada's qualifications and experience. Find out how the electrician registration compares in Canada to New Zealand.

Electrician registration

Legislation in each Province or Territory provides for the certification of electricians whether trained by apprenticeship or otherwise. The main form of training is the apprenticeship system but there is also in-plant and vocational competency based training. Apprenticeships are either 3 or 4 years duration.

To be permitted to work as an electrician in most Provinces, a person must have a Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Proficiency, i.e., an electrician is a "compulsory certified trade". In the Provinces where there is voluntary trade certification, electricians must be licensed.

There are inter-provincial standards for construction and industrial electricians. This system establishes inter-provincial recognition by a common (national) examination with a pass mark of 70%. Where this is achieved the Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Proficiency is endorsed with a Red Seal. In those provinces where the inter-provincial exam has been adopted as the trade examination, a person is issued with their certificate for a 60% pass mark and stamped with the Red Seal with a 70% pass mark.

A certificate must be endorsed with the words electrician or electrical repairer or construction electrician or maintenance electrician or industrial electrician.

1.2 Province/Territory certificates

The recognised Canadian certificates are:

1.2.1 Alberta

Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Proficiency, both issued by the Department of Advanced Education and Manpower.

1.2.2 British Columbia

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Labour.

1.2.3 Manitoba

Certificate of Qualification, issued by the Department of Labour and Manpower.

1.2.4 New Brunswick

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Labour and Manpower.

1.2.5 Newfoundland

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Labour and Manpower.

1.2.6 North West Territory

Completion of Apprenticeship Certificate and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

1.2.7 Nova Scotia

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Labour.

1.2.8 Ontario

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

1.2.9 Prince Edward Island

Certificate of Apprenticeship and/or a Certificate of Qualification, both issued by the Department of Labour.

1.2.10 Quebec

Certificate of Qualification (Certificat de Qualification Interprovinciale), issued by the Department of Manpower.

1.2.11 Saskatchewan

Certificate of Qualification, issued by the Department of Labour.

1.2.12 Yukon

Certificate of Qualification, issued by the Department of Education.

1.3 Four year apprenticeship 

1.3.1 Equivalence to New Zealand requirements

This certificate:

    1. Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.
    2. Is evidence of the completion of 4 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.3.2 Registration requirements

The holder of this certificate must:

    1. Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.
    2. Pass the regulations examination.
    3. Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.4 Three Year Apprenticeship

1.4.1 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This certificate:

    1. Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.
    2. Is evidence of the completion of 3 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.4.2 Registration Requirements

The holder of this certificate must:

    1. Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.
    2. Pass the regulations examination.
    3. Have other documents that show, at least, 1 year work experience on (the equivalent of) prescribed electrical work. This experience must be gained after the completion of the apprenticeship.
    4. Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.5 In-Plant or Vocational Training

1.5.1 Equivalence to New Zealand Requirements

This certificate:

    1. Exempts the holder from the 3rd stage theory examination requirements.
    2. Is evidence of the completion of 3 years work experience that has incorporated the skills in paragraph 1(2) of Clause 1 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.

1.5.2 Registration Requirements

The holder of this certificate must:

    1. Pass the 3rd stage practical assessment or examination.
    2. Pass the regulations examination.
    3. Have other documents that show, at least, 1 year work experience on (the equivalent of) prescribed electrical work. This experience must be gained after the completion of the course.
    4. Complete the safety instruction requirements of Clause 3 of Schedule 1 of the Electricity Regulations 1997.