Complete Technical Training
About 20% of the Apprenticeship Program is technical training.
The technical training requirement is met through block release training (full time at school) delivered by BC Hydro Trades Training Centre, as set out in the ITA Power Line Technician Program Outline for British Columbia.
The technical training component consists of both theoretical and practical assessments. Apprentices must obtain a minimum score of 70% overall to be granted credit for a level of technical training.
Apprentices are required to attend three (3) levels of technical training and write the Inter-Provincial (IP) Red Seal Examination. The IP examination is scheduled at the end of your Year 3.
- Year 1 is 6 weeks
- Year 2 is 5 weeks
- Year 3 is 5 weeks
Notice of Scheduled Technical Training Dates
The JLATA is responsible for organizing and scheduling your technical training. Apprentices will be notified of school dates and receive student packages prior to class start date with information regarding registration, tuition costs, textbooks, and financial assistance forms.
BC Hydro Student Registration/Tuition
Apprentices are responsible for completing and submitting their registration forms and paying for their tuition and other costs associated with their technical training AT LEAST FIVE WEEKS IN ADVANCE of their scheduled class date.
Financial Support for Apprentices
Apprentices are eligible for Canada Student Loans and Employment Insurance Benefits for each level of technical training attended and a number of federal grants and provincial tax credits when each level of technical training is completed. For detailed information refer to Apprentice Financial Supports.