FAQs

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What exactly is an electrician’s certification?

The Certificate of Qualification is actual government document that certifies you to work as an electrician – commonly called a “C of Q” or a” license.”

What is a Journeyperson electrician?

A certified electrician.

What is a Journeyperson’s electrician license?

A Certificate of Qualification or as it is commonly called a “C of Q”

What is a temporary or provisional Journeyperson’s electrician license?

A temporary or provisional “license” granted by the apprenticeship office in order to work as an electrician while preparing to write the Electrician’s License exam. Verify the specific requirements with your local apprenticeship office.

Why does a electrician license holder get paid more?

The license is the certification providing assurance that you are qualified to a standard of knowledge and competency justifying your professional wage.

If I have completed my electrical apprenticeship what documents do I need to write my “C of Q” exam?

Documentation outlining your work history, trade school diplomas and hours demonstrating that your apprenticeship has been completed. Verify the specific requirements with your local apprenticeship office.

If I have not completed my electrical apprenticeship what documentation do I need to write my “C of Q” exam?

Documentation outlining your work history, trade school diplomas and hours demonstrating that you have completed the required number of hours equivalent to an apprenticeship. Verify the specific requirements with your local apprenticeship office.

If I don’t have any documentation about my electrical work experience, what documentation do I need to write my “C of Q” exam?

A Statutory Declaration, a document filled out and signed by you, outlining your work history, trade school diplomas if any and hours demonstrating what you have accomplished that might count toward an apprenticeship. Verify the specific requirements with your local Apprenticeship.

What is the Red Seal?

The Red Seal represents recognition of qualifications in all provinces and territories as well as an interprovincial standard of excellence for the skilled trades. This means that a certified journeyperson with a Red Seal has automatic recognition to work in any province or territory. A person without the Red Seal certified in a Red Seal trade or a person certified in a non – Red Seal trade could be subject to a skills assessment prior to being certified to practice the same trade in another jurisdiction. Even when an electrician license is compulsory and also a Red Seal trade, it is not compulsory for a worker to obtain the Red Seal

Why should I bother to get the Red Seal if it’s not compulsory?

The Red Seal is the only credential that grants a worker automatic recognition in each province and territory in Canada where that occupation is regulated. The Red Seal allows for better employment opportunities, labour mobility across Canada, and provides a competitive hiring advantage that provides assurance of quality workmanship.

How can I get my Red Seal if I have only recently heard about the Red Seal?

Training and certification of electricians in Canada are responsibilities of each province and territory. Verify the specific requirements with your local apprenticeship office.

Why is my Domestic and Rural Electrician license not a Red Seal trade?

For a trade to be designated Red Seal, a significant number of provinces and territories should already have it independently designated for apprenticeship training and certification. It is the industry’s responsibility to submit a request for the designation of a trade under the Red Seal Program. . Verify the specific requirements with your local apprenticeship office.

What if I want to join a Union?

Generally, unless you’ve started the electrical trade through a Union apprenticeship, Unions only allow licensed electricians to join as new members. You should always verify the specific requirements with the individual union you are interested in joining.

With a license can I work in other parts of Canada?

A certified electrician with a Red Seal “C of Q “is automatically recognized to work in any province or territory whereas a person certified in a Red Seal trade without the Red Seal or a person certified in a non – Red Seal trade could be subject to a skills assessment prior to being certified to practice the same trade in another jurisdiction.

What is a Master Electrician license?

A Provincial Electrician’s License to work as an electrical contractor in a Province where this license is a compulsory requirement. Generally speaking, this license issued to an individual who has demonstrated at least 2 to 3 years experience in the electrical trade as a journeyperson electrician carrying out work under a valid C of Q. In Ontario a Professional Engineer, a Certified Electrical Technician, or a Certified Electrical Technologist can also qualify. Read more

If I have my Master Electrician license in another province, is it transferrable?

In some provinces or territories the Master Electrician license is transferable. Verify the specific requirements with your local safety authority office.

When is the Master Electrician license compulsory?

For a sole proprietor who will be operating an Electrical Contracting Business and for an electrician will be employed as a Designated Master Electrician for an Electrical Contracting Business. Verify the specific requirements with your local safety authority office.

WHO IS THE AUTHOR OF THE STUDY MATERIAL?

Marvin Rosenberg is the author of all the exam prep material. He has been an electrician for more than 30 years with hands-on, multi-faceted experience in the electrical trade. He is a Master Electrician and a former Master Electrician Examiner who started teaching apprentices part time in the 1980’s. Marvin Rosenberg is the electrical course developer and advisor in the Centre for Continuous Learning (CCL) at George Brown College and continues to enjoy teaching Pre-exam courses for 309A Construction and Maintenance Electrician, 309C Domestic and Rural Electrician, and Master Electrician.