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Apprenticeship Program


Apprenticeship Basics

Apprenticeship Training: combines paid on-the-job work-based training (about 80% of training) with block release technical training in a classroom setting (about 20% of training), in which, Apprentices learn the practical and theoretical aspects of the trade occupation.  Successful completion of both components along with other program requirements and examinations is required to earn certification and become a certified Red Seal Power Line Technician.

Sponsor: is registered with the ITA, and is a legal entity (e.g. a company or organization) or certified tradesperson or equivalent.

Apprenticeship Programs: are operated on a voluntary basis by employers, employer associations, or management and labor groups (unions).

Apprentice: works with the Sponsor to complete work-based training, technical training levels 1-3, Inter Provincial Red Seal Examination and other program requirements. An Apprentice is registered with the ITA and works with their Sponsor throughout their Apprenticeship and follows Apprentice responsibilities.

Apprenticeship Program Overview 

Program DurationThe Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program is a minimum 4 Year, 7 Term commitment and will be delivered combining in school and work based training designed to meet the standards and profile defined by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
Technical TrainingMinimum 70% Passing Grade in each level of Technical Training and Inter-Provincial Red Seal Examination
Level 1: 180 hours or (approximately 6 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 2: 160 hours or (approximately 5 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 3: 96 hours or (approximately 3 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 4: 64 hours or (approximately 2 weeks)
Inter-Provincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
Exam Weighting ChartsThe Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.
Work-Based TrainingComplete 6,720 work-based hours including minimum combined "Key Category" hours.
Letter of verifying completion of 500 "live line" work hours submitted to the ITA
Recommendation for CertificationSigned-off by the JLATA and Red Seal certified tradesperson with sign-off authority
Credentials AwardedPowerline Technician - Certificate of Apprenticeship Powerline Technician
Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement
ITA Powerline Techncian Program OutlineGuidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers:  Download (Program Profile)
Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal ExaminationInformation guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
Interprovincial (IP) Exam TableList of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task Download(PDF 41.88 KB)