In Alberta, electrician schools partner with local apprenticeship programs to help students receive the necessary training which may help them work a licensed electrician. Most electrician schools are housed within trade and community colleges where students may receive hands-on training, both in the classroom and on-the-job through an apprenticeship. Many electrician programs in Alberta may also be completed in less than two years, including certificates, which may only take as little as 9 months. Students who qualify for an apprentice program must have a high school diploma or GED, and sufficient scores on a mechanical aptitude test.
Once in the apprenticeship program, students may learn the trade by working under the guidance of a licensed electrician. Most apprentices may also receive pay. Courses include residential wiring, electrical safety, industrial electricity systems, blueprint reading, commercial wiring, and programmable logic controllers. To perform electrical work, electricians must hold a Certification of Qualification or be a registered apprentice. According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Alberta electricians make an average hourly wage of $34.42.