Electrical Arts

Industrial electrician in Ontario – how to become one?

Commercial electriciansHow to become an industrial electrician in Ontario – that is the question which is asked very often by people who already have experience as commercial electrician and came in Ontario recently.

With permition of Canadian Immigration Agency we provide their rules for people interested to become industrial electrician in Canadian  province of Ontario:

Industrial Electricians should be able to: install, maintain, test, troubleshoot, and repair industrial electrical equipment, associated electrical and electronic controls, and hydraulic and pneumatic equipment. They work in industrial, manufacturing, and power plants, often as permanent employees.

Certification Requirements in Ontario

Certification to work in a trade in Ontario is called a Certificate of Qualification. This is often referred to, as the “C of Q”. Trade certification for Industrial Electricians in Ontario is available through Labour Market and Training Division Apprenticeship offices of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). The legislation that regulates Industrial Electricians is the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (1998).

Certification for Industrial Electricians is voluntary. This means that the electrician can work without being certified. However, certification is recommended. Most Industrial Electricians working in Ontario are certified, and most employers ask for both the C of Q and the C of A – the Certificate of Apprenticeship. Certified Industrial Electricians have better employment opportunities and earn higher wages than those without certification.

To become a certified Industrial Electrician in Ontario you must do one of the following:

  • complete a four- to five-year apprenticeship. Apprenticeship includes on-the-job training (about 90 per cent of the apprenticeship) and some in-school training (about 10 per cent of the apprenticeship). Apprenticeship is a training agreement between a person who wants to learn a skilled trade and an employer who needs a skilled worker. An apprentice earns at least minimum wage while working and learning the skills necessary to become a qualified tradesperson or journeyperson. Apprentices receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship when they complete their training. Employers often request this certificate as proof of training and experience.


  • complete five years of work experience as an Industrial Electrician


  • prove equivalent work experience

When you have done this, you must also:

  • apply for the Certificate of Qualification
  • pay the required fees
  • write and pass the Certificate of Qualification exam
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