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Electrical Techniques Cert GBC

Electrical Techniques Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

With the construction industry being one of Canada's largest employers, skilled trades workers are among the highest paid and most in demand workers.

If electricity and electronics are your interest, consider enrolling in this program as it focuses on building skills and competencies in electrical theory, network cabling, electrical system installation and electrical workplace safety.

This one-year Electricity Techniques Certificate program covers modules that you may use in relation to residential and commercial applications such as:

  • Installation, testing, maintenance, analysis and troubleshooting of specified electrical circuits, equipment and systems;
  • Health and safety standards to your work; and
  • Perform tasks in accordance with the standards of the Canadian Electrical Code.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

This Electrical Techniques Certificate Program is offered at the Casa Loma Campus of George Brown College.


You will be bringing a wide range of skills to your future employer(s) after you've completed this program with your knowledge of the electrical industry in Canada.

There are further study options as well if you are interested in continuing on to a two-year or three-year program at George Brown College.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Assist in the interpretation and preparation of electrical drawings including other related documents and graphics;
  2. Analyze and solve simple technical problems related to basic electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles;
  3. Use and maintain test and instrumentation equipment;
  4. Assemble basic electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person;
  5. Assist in the installation and troubleshooting of basic electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person;
  6. Assist in testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic circuits, equipment, and systems by using established procedures under the supervision of a qualified person;
  7. Assist in the troubleshooting of control systems under the supervision of a qualified person;
  8. Use computer skills and tools to solve basic electrical related problems;
  9. Assist in conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person;
  10. Assist in the preparation and maintenance of records and documentation systems;
  11. Install and assist in testing telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person;
  12. Apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces;
  13. Perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles;
  14. Apply basic electrical cabling requirements and install and test system grounding for a specified number of applications under the supervision of a qualified person;
  15. Identify problems and troubleshoot electrical systems under the supervision of a qualified person;
  16. Assist in the selection of electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

Course Outline


• ELCL1047:  Residential Prints and Electrical Safety Code 1
• ELCL1048:  Electrical Installation Methods 1
• ELCL1049:  Electrical Theory 1
• ELCL1050:  Instrumentation 1
• ELCL1051:  Electrical and Workplace Safety
• COMM1007:  College English


• ELCL1057:  Residential Prints and Electrical Safety Code 2
• ELCL1058:  Electrical Installation Methods 2
• ELCL1059:  Electrical Theory 2
• ELCL1060:  Instrumentation 2
• ELCL1061:  Electronics
• GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : T167

College : School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Certificate

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months' coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There is only one intake per year and this is in MAY.

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:
• Review by School of Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades for your eligibility;
• Processing by the International Admissions Office;
• Enrollment;
• Processing of insurance;
• Payment of tuition fee;
• Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
• Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have completed a Ontario Secondary School Diploma or its equivalent.  You must have also completed the equivalent of:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic:  54 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band

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