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Construction Electrical

Start Date: September

Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Construction Electrical

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed

The Construction Electrical program gives you fundamental knowledge about electricity and its applications, and prepares you to work in residential and commercial settings assembling, installing, testing, maintaining, servicing, and operating various electrical systems and equipment. You will move from the classroom to the lab, getting plenty of experience installing power and lighting systems, emergency lighting, communication equipment, motors, automation and control systems and solar energy systems, as well as learning how to follow the National Building Code, the Canadian Electrical Code, and other safety requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Work in accordance with applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and national codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  2. Select and use equipment including hand tools, power tools, and test instruments in a safe and efficient manner.
  3. Demonstrate wiring methods and techniques for residential and commercial installations in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code.
  4. Interpret and follow diagrams, blueprints, and schematics.
  5. Apply electrical theory to various lighting, power, and control installations.
  6. Apply problem-solving and critical thinking for the installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of electrical systems under the supervision of a qualified person(s).
  7. Communicate and work effectively with supervisors and coworkers. 8. Identify the importance of ongoing personal and professional development, that will lead to enhanced work performance and career opportunities and keep pace with industry changes.


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a construction electrician begins with the Construction Electrical program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write the apprenticeship year-one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification.

Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Red Seal exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Program Based

1 Year



Tuition $4,560  $10,560
Fees $868  $1,618
Other Costs $1,880  $1,880
Total $7,308 $14,058

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $4,560
Student Union $178
Health Insurance Fee $470
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Total payable to Holland College $ 5,428
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 3,148
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1 Year

Books $990
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $400
Equipment/Tools $450
Materials & Supplies $40
     Total $1,880
Grand Total $7,308


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition and Other Fees

1 Year

Tuition*  $10,560
Student Union $178
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,220
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Subtotal $ 12,178
1st installment due first day of first semester $ 9,898
2nd installment due first day of second semester $ 2,280

Other Costs

1 Year

Books $990
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $400
Equipment/Tools $450
Materials & Supplies $40
     Subtotal $1,880
Total $14,058

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  •  Construction and related service industries


After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:BLPR-1010

Electrical Blueprint Reading

The ability to read and understand blueprints is essential in the construction field, as blueprints are used to design, plan, estimate and build projects. This course introduces students to blueprint reading and sketching, with a focus on engineered drawings for residential and commercial types of structures.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to develop preparatory skills for securing and retaining employment including; workplace communication, time management, critical thinking and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon successful completion of this course students are able to use oral communications techniques, and create a variety of written documents and reports used in the workplace. Methods and strategies for job search, preparation and retention are also incorporated.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1001

Occupational Safety and Canadian Electrical Code

Students learn safe working practices and measures to ensure both personal and public safety as it pertains to the electrical trade. Students also learn about the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), how to utilize this standard, and how it applies to electrical installations that they will encounter in the program, and throughout their careers.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1021

Introduction to DC Fundamentals

The installation and maintenance of electrical equipment requires an understanding of electrical characteristics in order to properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a safe and professional manner. This course provides students with the basic theory required to solve and analyze DC circuits. Lab time is used to reinforce theory.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1026

Introduction to AC Fundamentals

In this course students learn the fundamentals of alternating current (AC) which provides a foundation for future studies in transformers, rotating machines and transmission of electrical energy.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1040

Wiring Methods I

In this course students learn the practical skills required for residential installations. Students become more familiar with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) by ensuring that all installations are in compliance.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1045

Wiring Methods II

In this course students learn the practical skills required to perform commercial/industrial installations. The course focusses on the proper selection and installation of conduit, tubing and cables and the wiring methods employed with this type of installation. Compliance with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is stressed for all installations.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:ELEC-1050

Introduction to Three Phase Circuits and Transformers

This course introduces the theory of three-phase circuits, as well as single-phase and three-phase transformers and their applications in residential, commercial, and industrial wiring. The advantages of a three-phase system are discussed, as well as the concepts of operation of isolation, autotransformer and instrument transformers. Emphasis is placed on The Canadian Electrical Code as it is used for the sizing of conductors and overcurrent devices used in transformer circuits. Lab activities are used to reinforce theory.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1057

Three Wire Distribution System, Conductors and Voltage Drop

In this course students learn about the various types, designs, and applications of three wire distribution systems and electrical conductors. Students explore internal and external variables that limit a conductor's ability to conduct electricity. Students perform calculations of a conductor's performance in the presence of certain variables, using the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) as a guide. .

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-1070

Electrical Techniques and Premise Cabling

Students apply the practical skills required for residential installations. Students continue to become familiar with the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) by ensuring all installations are in compliance. Students are also provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the basics of communication systems, their installation procedures and troubleshooting techniques for premise cable installations.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:ELEC-1160

Introduction to Rotating Electrical Machines and Controls

This course introduces the theory of DC and AC rotating machines and their basic control, with focus on the proper identification of the machine as well as the wiring connections and control methods. As part of this course, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate motor wiring skills in a practical workshop environment.

Credit Value:4

Course Code:ELEC-2140

Building Systems - Electrical

This course provides an overview of the various building electrical systems that electricians typically encounter in both residential and commercial settings. Systems explored include building lighting systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), solar photovoltaic systems, as well as standby and backup systems. Students gain an understanding of the electrical characteristics of these systems in order to properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a safe and proficient manner.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MATH-1060

Electrical Trade Math I

This course is designed to enable the student to develop trade related math skills. Students acquire competency in the math skills as they relate to their Electrical Construction Wiring trade and future career. Emphasis is placed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills used in trouble-shooting. Students are challenged to continually make connections between math and the electrical field, as well as every day applications.

Credit Value:3

Course Code:MATH-1160

Electrical Trade Math II

Building on the skills developed in Electrical Trade Math I, students continue to develop their trade math skills focusing on solving problems involving linear measurement, as well as problems involving area and volume using both the Metric and Imperial measurement systems. Conversions between systems are also discussed, as well as solving trade related problems involving percentages and discounts.

Credit Value:2

Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Credit Value:0

Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0

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When I first walked in I knew next to nothing about this career choice. The program taught me not only the text book stuff about electrical but it provided me with the opportunity to get hands-on training to learn more about what was discussed in the classroom, and how it could apply to the every day on the job.

MacKayla, Construction Electrical 2018


Industrial Electrical Technology

The two-year Industrial Electrical Technology program will show you how to plan, install, test, inspect, troubleshoot, and service all types of industrial electrical equipment in this two-year program. Our on-site electrical labs give you hands-on training and exposure to real-life working conditions to prepare you for a career as an industrial electrician.

Electromechanical Technology

Learn how to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex automated equipment in this 2-year diploma program. Learn about hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers, electronics, microprocessors and more.

Electronics Engineering Technology

Use the latest technology to design, build, and repair electronic and communication devices in the Electronics Engineering Technology program. Learn the fundamentals of electric and electronic circuitry and develop skills to work with Bluetooth, RFID, Computer-Aided Design and Programmable Logic Controllers.