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Electrical Basics

Two classes: Spring and Summer 2015

Electricians do more than power up buildings. They understand electric currents and the materials used to safely give us light, access to computers and heat spaces. Be work ready in 3 weeks with the Basic Electrical Program.

For those interested in applying to our Electrical Basics program, allow us to introduce you to Tamara. Tamara is a graduate of last year’s Electrical Basics class and now a registered first-year apprentice. We asked Tamara if she had any words for us to pass along to women who were thinking of taking this program. Here are her responses:

WBF: What was your favourite part of the program?

Tamara: My favorite part was the hands-on training and learning to operate the aerial lifts. I have already used my aerial lift certification and a lot of my hands-on knowledge over the past few months.

WBF: If you could say one thing to other women who are thinking about coming into this program what would it be?

Tamara: If you want some very handy safety and operator certificates, know how to use basic tools of the trade, or an excellent foundation of knowledge in voltage, wattage, power, amps, and a very generous handful of other useful things then this is the program for you.

To apply to the program, fill out an application form:

If you want to type your application use

Electrical Basics - Pre-Apprenticeship Training Application Form in Word

If you want to hand write your application use

Electrical Basics - Pre-Apprenticeship Training Application Form in PDF


Please Note: Acceptable file formats are PDF or WORD files emailed as attachments to application@womenbuildingfutures.com. We also accept faxed documents at 780-452-1279, or by mail or delivery at 10326 107 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 1K2. All other formats and online links will be disqualified. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you are applying for funding for your tuition and living expenses you must attend an Information Session and Career Decision Making Workshop.


The program includes:

Electrical Basics includes our basic math refresher and provides knowledge of various tools, currents, voltage, resistance and circuits; plus hands-on experience in running wire, bending pipe, installing switches, stripping and insulating splices and conductors. You will be introduced to the Canadian Electrical Code, Part 1.


  • Standard First Aid and CPR (Level 1)
  • Aerial Lift Operator
  • Fall Protection
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) & Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  • Math Review
  • WBF Workplace Culture Awareness©
  • Job search and job retention support
 Women Building Futures - Electrical Basics

The WBF Workplace Culture Awareness© module is designed specifically to help women understand the expectations of the construction workplace and prepare women for that environment.

Funding is available depending on student eligibility. A WBF advisor will help you explore your options. This is an approved Integrated Training Program with the Province of Alberta.

If you have questions or need help filling out the forms, a WBF Student Engagement Advisor can help you:

Phone: 780-452-1200 or Toll free 1-866-452-1201

Email: application@womenbuildingfutures.com

Visit www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca for more information on trades and occupations.