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Apprenticeship Program


Apprenticeship Basics

Apprenticeship Training: combines paid on-the-job work-based training (about 80% of training) with block release technical training in a classroom setting (about 20% of training), in which, Apprentices learn the practical and theoretical aspects of the trade occupation.  Successful completion of both components along with other program requirements and examinations is required to earn certification and become a certified Red Seal Power Line Technician.

Sponsor: is registered with the ITA, and is a legal entity (e.g. a company or organization) or certified tradesperson or equivalent.

Apprenticeship Programs: are operated on a voluntary basis by employers, employer associations, or management and labor groups (unions).

Apprentice: works with the Sponsor to complete work-based training, technical training levels 1-3, Inter Provincial Red Seal Examination and other program requirements. An Apprentice is registered with the ITA and works with their Sponsor throughout their Apprenticeship and follows Apprentice responsibilities.

Apprenticeship Program Overview 

Program DurationThe Power Line Technician (PLT) Apprenticeship Program is a minimum 3.5 Year, 7 Term commitment and will be d.elivered combining in school and work based training designed to meet the standards and profile defined by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).
Technical TrainingMinimum 70% Passing Grade in each level of Technical Training and Inter-Provincial Red Seal Examination.
Level 1: 180 hours or approximately 6 weeks
Level 2: 160 hours or approximately 5 weeks
Level 3: 160 hours or approximately 5 weeks
Inter-Provincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
Work-Based Training:Advance through 7 Term Levels
and complete 6350 work based hours including 500 hours completed with a crew doing "live line" and minimum "key" hours requirement.
Recommendation for Certification:Recommendation for Certification signed-off by the JLATA
Credentials AwardedPower Line Technician - Certificate of Apprenticeship Power Line Technician -Certificate of Qualification with Inter-provincial Red Seal Endorsement

To view the full ITA Power Line Technician Program Outline with guidelines for technical training at ITA recognized training providers:  Download (Program Outline)