Powerline Technician Apprenticeship
Program Overview

 

Where there is a power disturbance, failure, or storm damage, Powerline Technicians locate the source of the problem and replace or repair defective power lines and accessories. Powerline Technicians work with high and low voltage and work outdoors at various work sites, in a variety of climates.

About the Program

 

The Joint Line Apprenticeship Training Program is an Industry Training Authority (ITA) accredited (Red Seal) recognized Powerline Technician program that follows a 4-year training cycle. This involves:   
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Having a journeyperson (master tradesperson) oversee an Apprentice

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Completing the required workplace hours (about 80% of training)

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Release from the workplace to attend technical training (about 20% of training)

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Successfully writing the Interprovincial Red Seal Exam

Powerline Technician

Powerline technicians install, maintain and repair overhead, underground and underwater powerlines and cables, and other associated equipment such as insulators, conductors, lightning arrestors, switches, metering systems, transformers and lighting infrastructure.

Powerline Technician Program Requirements

 

Program Requirements as administered by the JLATA

                                                                             

    Accredited Program

Program Duration 7 Term commitment and generally takes about 4 years to complete
Technical Training Minimum 70% Passing Grade in each level of Technical Training:
Level 1: 180 hours or (approximately 6 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 2: 160 hours or (5 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 3: 96 hours or (3 weeks) and ITA Standardized Written Exam
Level 4: 64 hours or (approximately 2 weeks)
Interprovincial Red Seal Exam
Exam Weighting Charts The Exam Weighting Charts for the Harmonized level exams will be made available as the Harmonized level exams are launched.
Work-Based Training Advance through 7 Terms 
6,720 work-based hours including combined “key hours”
Sponsor letter to ITA verifying completion of 500 “live line” work hours submitted to the ITA
Recommendation for Certification Signed by the JLATA and certified tradesperson with sign-off authority
Credentials Awarded Powerline Technician – Certificate of Apprenticeship Powerline Technician
Powerline Technician – Certificate of Qualification with Interprovincial Red Seal Endorsement

Training Topics & Suggested Time Allocation Levels 1-4

Shows the scope of competencies covered in the technical training, the suggested proportion of time spent on each general areas of competencies (GAC), and the percentage of that time spend on theory versus practical application.

Training Topics and Suggested Time Allocation
POWERLINE TECHNICIAN – LEVEL 1

% of Time Allocated to:
% of Time Theory Practical Total

Line A 

SAFETY AND SAFE WORK PRACTICES 15% 60% 40% 100%

A1

Apply safety regulations

A2

Use trade specific personal protective equipment (PPE)

A3

Apply limits of approach

A4

Apply lock-out and tag-out procedures

A5

Apply grounding and equi-potential bonding principles

A6

Perform rescue

Line B

CLIMBING 11% 40% 60% 100%

B1

Describe care and use of climbing equipment 

B2

Climb structures 

B3

Use elevated platforms and ladders

B4

Test Pole (structure) stability 

Line C

POLICIES AND REGULATIONS 6% 60% 40% 100%

C1

Identify environmental hazards

C2

Apply industry safety regulations

Line D

TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS 9% 45% 55% 100%

D1

Use hand tools

D2

Use power tools

D3

Use live line tools

D4

Use test instruments

Line E

ELECTRICAL THEORY 14% 66% 34% 100%

E1

Apply electrical fundamentals

E3

Explain transformation and install transformers

E4

Install self-contained metering

Line F

EQUIPMENT 8% 34% 66% 100%

F1

Identify mobile line equipment

F2

Use hydraulically-equipped vehicles

Line G

RIGGING 13% 50% 50% 100%

G1

Explain rigging, hoisting and lifting equipment

G2

Use lifting, rigging and hoisting equipment

Line H

OVERHEAD DISTRIBUTION (OD) 15% 55% 45% 100%

H1

Describe overhead distribution materials

H2

Describe overhead distribution systems

H3

Construct distribution lines

H4

Demonstrate safe work practices for live line work

H5

Maintain single-phase distribution lines

Line I

UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION (UD) 4% 45% 55% 100%

I1

Use Underground distribution (UD) equipment and materials

Line K

COMMUNICATION 5% 50% 50% 100%

K1

Plan tailboard meetings

K2

Communicate using hand signals

K3

Communicate using electronic devices and systems

K5

Apply communication techniques
Total Percentage for BC Powerline Technician Level One 100%

 

Training Topics and Suggested Time Allocation
POWERLINE TECHNICIAN – LEVEL 2

% of Time Allocated to:
% of Time Theory Practical Total

Line D

TOOLS AND INSTRUMENTS 13% 50% 50% 100%

D4

Use test instruments

Line E

ELECTRICAL THEORY 20% 80% 20% 100%

E1

Apply electrical fundamentals

E2

Describe operation of motors and generators

E3

Explain transformation and install transformers 

Line G

RIGGING 19% 50% 50% 100%

G3

Use rigging tools and equipment in construction and maintenance 

G4

Applying rigging tools and equipment for live line distribution

Line H

OVERHEAD DISTRIBUTION (OD) 24% 40% 60% 100%

H3

Construct distribution lines

H6

Maintain three-phase distribution lines

H7

Operate overhead distribution (OD) electrical apparatus

Line I

UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION (UD) 16% 50% 50% 100%

I1

Use Underground distribution (UD) equipment and materials

I2

Construct underground distribution systems 

I3

Maintain underground distribution systems

Line K

COMMUNICATION 8% 30% 70% 100%

K1

Plan tailboard meetings

K4

Apply communication protocols and requirements 
Total Percentage for BC Powerline Technician Level Two 100%

 

 

Training Topics and Suggested Time Allocation
POWERLINE TECHNICIAN – LEVEL 3

% of Time Allocated to:
% of Time Theory Practical Total

Line E

ELECTRICAL THEORY 15% 70% 30% 100%

E5

Install transformer metering 

Line F

EQUIPMENT 6% 100% 0% 100%

F3

Use of stringing equipment 

Line G

RIGGING 20% 50% 50% 100%

G5

Use rigging tools and equipment in transmission, construction and maintenance 

G6

Perform live line transmission rigging 

Line I

UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION (UD) 17% 30% 70% 100%

I4

Operate underground distribution electrical apparatus

Line J

TRANSMISSION  30% 50% 50% 100%

J1

Describe transmission materials 

J2

Construct transmission lines 

J3

Maintain transmission lines 

J4

Operate transmission electrical apparatus 

Line K

COMMUNICATION 12% 30% 70% 100%

K1

Plan tailboard meetings
Total Percentage for BC Powerline Technician Level Three 100%

 

Training Topics and Suggested Time Allocation
POWERLINE TECHNICIAN – LEVEL 4

% of Time Allocated to:
% of Time Theory Practical Total

Line E

ELECTRICAL THEORY 24% 60% 40% 100%

E6

Describe system operation and protection 

E7

Perform system switching 

E8

Operate voltage regulators and capacitors 

Line F

EQUIPMENT 4% 100% 0% 100%

F3

Use of stringing equipment 

Line H

OVERHEAD DISTRIBUTION (OD) 37% 60% 40% 100%

H6

Maintain three-phase distribution lines 

H7

Operate overhead distribution (OD) electrical apparatus 

H8

Troubleshoot overhead distribution system components 

Line I

UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION (UD) 17% 70% 30% 100%

I5

Troubleshoot underground distribution system components

Line J

TRANSMISSION  10% 100% 0% 100%

J3

Maintain transmission lines 

J5

Troubleshoot overhead transmission system components

Line K

COMMUNICATION 8% 50% 50% 100%

K6

Apply mentoring techniques 
Total Percentage for BC Powerline Technician Level Four 100%

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
ITA Powerline Technician Program Outline Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers:  Download 2019 Version
Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task: Download

ITA Exams during your Technical Training

 

Understand how ITA exams work and see tips to help you prepare for exams throughout your apprenticeship. ITA Exams ITA BC

 

Certification

Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship program you are awarded Provincial and National Credentials.  For Provincially recognized programs, the ITA awards a Certificate of Apprenticeship and Certificate of Qualification for those who have completed a formal apprenticeship program. Where the trade is Interprovincially recognized, an Inter-Provincial (IP) Red Seal Endorsement is affixed to the ITA credential.

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Powerline Technician

Certificate of Apprenticeship

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Powerline Technician

Certificate of Qualification with
Inter-Provincial Red Seal Endorsement

Powering BC Through Excellence in Training

The Joint Line Apprenticeship Training Association has the managerial oversight for the program to assure Apprentices in the Powerline Technician Apprenticeship Program are provided the best training and learning experience within the trade.