Are you ready for a highly technical and in-demand career as an electrician? Learn a wide range of skills from electrical safety and  codes to more advanced skills in wiring and blueprint reading.

Connect yourself to a lucrative career with this six-month Applied Electrical Installation certificate. Combining theory and practical components, this program will focus on residential wiring and safe work procedures and practices.

This entry-level program will take you from electrical safety and general code to electrical skills in wiring and blueprint reading. Work with mock-ups that simulate industry scenarios and put your skills to work wiring a simulation condo. A three-week industry-based practicum will emphasize practical applied learning, preparing you for real-world electrical problems you can solve.

Gain the entry-level skills industry is seeking. This program will provide a base to build a career in the electrical trade. Upon successful completion, you will be ready to start an apprenticeship in the electrical industry and begin working toward journeyperson certification.

Graduates will have the opportunity to build careers and further their apprenticeship training with electrical contractors and construction companies, in maintenance departments or with public utilities. Register as an apprentice within two years of finishing the program and you may get in-school training credit for Level 1 Construction Electrician, Industrial Electrician or Power Electrician apprenticeships.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • Complete work in compliance with provincial and/or national codes, applicable laws, standards and ethical practices in industry. 
  • Comply with health and safety practices and procedures in accordance with current legislation and regulations. 
  • Install, service, and maintain wiring systems. 
  • Install, service, and maintain motors and control systems. 
  • Discuss signalling and communication systems. 
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse clients, supervisors, coworkers and tradespersons to complete projects on time and to maintain effective working relationships. 
Success Factors

A career in this field is a good fit if you would enjoy...

  • A short, introductory program in the electrical trade. 
  • Technical aptitude for understanding electrical systems and circuitry. 
  • The physical ability required to work in tight spaces, climb ladders, and lift heavy objects. 
  • Troubleshooting electrical problems. 
  • Are meticulous and pay close attention to detail. 
  • Are safety conscious and able to communicate effectively. 
  • Are adaptable to changing situations and work effectively in a variety of settings. 
  • Are self-motivated and able to stay on task without direct supervision. 
  • Are able to work safely and effectively in a variety of settings. 
  • Can work in a collaborative team environment or independently as the situation requires. 

A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is strongly recommended given the potential need to travel for practicum placement. 

Industry and program environment require individuals to:

  • Move around and work within the environment, negotiating different areas including stairs and ladders, confined spaces, heights, uneven terrain and scaffolds. 
  • Complete responsibilities requiring standing, bending, and climbing. 
  • Have the strength, dexterity, balance and stamina required to work in or on equipment. 
  • Work in noisy, dusty and/or fume-filled areas with appropriate personal protective equipment. 
  • Interpret drawings, specifications, building codes, regulations, laws and standards. 
  • Communicate effectively with others including suppliers, co-workers, other trades people, safety and building inspectors, manufacturer representatives, and customers. 
  • Work in shifts and meet deadlines under conditions that are unique to the industry. 
  • Be reliable, punctual, and regularly attend.  
  • Listen to and follow directions accordingly. 
  • Demonstrate safety-conscious attitudes and work practices. 
  • Working outdoors in extreme weather conditions. 



  • A complete Manitoba Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Consumer/Essential Mathematics 40S or equivalent

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. 

Careers & Connections


  • Electrical contractors
  • Construction
  • Maintenance companies
  • Public utilities
  • Wholesale suppliers


Students who successfully complete the accredited program with an accumulative average of 70% or better in the trade subjects and level for which the program was accredited, gain employment and register as an apprentice within two years of graduating, will receive credit for Level 1 in-school technical training and 900 hours in the Construction, Industrial or Power Electrician apprenticeship program. Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit assiniboine.net/registrar.

Tools & Supplies

Textbooks, supplies and uniforms for all of our programs and courses may be purchased at the Assiniboine Bookstore at the Victoria Avenue East Campus. Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore website to learn more.

Our classrooms, labs and shops are equipped with the necessary equipment that you need to make the most of your experience. However, there are some tools and supplies that you will need to purchase for personal use to help you with your studies. Much of what you purchase you’ll be able to use after you graduate and begin your career. 

Program Checklist and Textbooks/Supplies

    Technology Requirements

    Students in this program are expected to have a computer at home with internet access that meets the technical needs outlined by the program. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.

    Courses & Costs

    Funding incentives are available to cover the full cost of tuition, books, tools and supplies.

    Funding incentives, made available through CICan’s Unlocking Pre-Apprenticeship Pathways and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, are available for people who are underrepresented in the skilled trades. This includes women, Indigenous Peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

    Those eligible for funding incentives may be eligible for additional funding, directly from CICan, based on a needs assessment.

    Note: While those who meet admission requirements will be accepted into the program on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis, only those who meet CICan’s funding requirements will receive funding.

    Contact trades@assiniboine.net for more information or see the poster below.

    Funding Incentives


    Estimated Program Costs
      Credits Tuition Course fees Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium) Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies
    Applied Electrical Installation 47.5 $2,750 $930 $410 $1,690

    All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.


    To graduate with an Applied Electrical Installation certificate, students must successfully complete 46.5 academic credits and 1 practical credit. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline.

    Title Credits/CEUs Elective Distance PLAR
    AC Theory Devices & Circuits (ELEC-0020)

    Prerequisite: ELEC-0021 DC Theory Devices & Circuits
    This course builds on the knowledge of DC circuits to incorporate alternating current generation and utilization. Students perform circuit calculations involving resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits and power factor correction. Common residential and commercial light devices are examined.

    6 credit(s) No No No
    Applied Electrical Safety (WRKP-0038)

    This course provides an understanding of safety practices students need to know to protect themselves and others in the workplace or construction site. This course provides information and examples under Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health Acts and accompanying Regulations. Students also study the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS).

    3 credit(s) No No No
    Applied Math and Science (MATH-0089)

    This course introduces students to general mathematics and science knowledge required in the electrical field. Topics in mathematics include fractions, algebraic equations, and formulas, ratio, proportion, areas, volumes, significant figures and engineering notation, right angle triangle and trigonometry. Topics in science include Ohm' law, series & parallel circuits, combination circuits, simple machines, work, force and pressure, light, gas laws, scientific procedures and plotting data on graphs.

    6 credit(s) No No No
    Blueprint Reading (ELECT) (DRFT-0009)

    This course provides the fundamental skills necessary for students to become familiar with residential and commercial blueprints and the electrical trade.

    3 credit(s) No No No
    Careers in Electrical Trade (PEDV-0251)

    In this course students are given an understanding of careers and training opportunities in the Electrical Construction trade. Students gain an understanding of the apprenticeship training system in Manitoba and have an awareness of the trade's dynamics, including the roles and responsibilities that affect jobsite activities.

    1.5 credit(s) No No No
    College Foundations (PEDV-0345)

    This course will improve students' ability to navigate the college experience and environment, including student's rights, roles, and responsibilities. In this course, students will reflect on their skills, attitudes, and expectations and develop learning strategies to help them to become successful, resilient, and self-directed learners. The course covers topics such as success in online learning, time management strategies, learning strategies, assessment taking strategies, academic integrity, information and digital literacy, and wellness, among others. It integrates elements of student orientation.

    0 credit(s) No No No
    Communications (COMM-0045)

    This course includes instruction in techniques to improve both written and oral communication with prospective employers, co-workers and clients. Effective strategies for customer service are emphasized. It also serves to familiarize students with the regulations related to the workplace. As well, students receive an introduction to the use of computer software and hands-on experience with Windows operating system, Internet and email.

    3 credit(s) No No No
    DC Theory Devices & Circuits (ELEC-0021)

    This course introduces basic electrical concepts devices and DC circuit analysis. Students perform circuit calculations involving two-and three-wire circuits and learn the correct use of meters in the electrical trade.

    6 credit(s) No No No
    Electrical Code 1 (ELEC-0019)

    This course covers the Canadian Electrical Code with an emphasis on applying the code to residential construction.

    6 credit(s) No No No
    Practicum - AELCT (PRAC-0297)

    Prerequisites: ELEC-0019 Electrical Code 1, Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA of 2.0 or greater)
    Students spend approximately 120 hours on the job to gain experience in a work environment. The work practicum is subject to prior approval of and monitoring by a faculty member. Credit is based on successful completion of the work practicum plus submission of evaluation by the employer. Work experience acquired prior to registration in the program in not eligible for this credit.

    1 credit(s) No No No
    Residential & Premise Wiring (ELEC-0018)

    This hands-on course covers all aspects of wood frame residential wiring. Students rough wire a simulated dwelling unit using non-metallic sheathed cable and finish with standard receptacles, switches, lights and electric heaters. The project includes service equipment and grounding. All work is done in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code. Installation and termination of coaxial cable (RG6), installation, termination and testing of category three (telephone), category five (computer network) and multi-made, fiber-optic cable are also performed.

    12 credit(s) No No No

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