Electrician, Industrial

An industrial electrician is a skilled individual who must possess fundamental and specialized knowledge and skills related to the installation and maintenance of electrical devices and components found in industrial settings. Industrial electricians inspect, install, troubleshoot, repair and service (includes calibration and preventive/predictive maintenance) electrical equipment such as motors, generators, pumps, heavy duty machines, illumination systems, environmental regulating systems, communication systems; and associated electrical and electronic controls.Individuals who work in this trade are also referred to as marine, mill or mine electricians, maintenance electricians, or plant electricians. These trade persons are employed by maintenance departments of factories, plants, mines, shipyards, oil and gas rigs, as well as platforms, and other industrial enterprises.Some of the tasks and sub-tasks associated with the analysis overlap with the responsibilities of other skilled trades. Possible overlap exists in trades such as: Construction Electrician; Domestic, Rural and Low-rise Residential Electrician; Facilities Technician/Mechanic; Millwright; Stationary Engineer; and Instrumentation Technician/Mechanic.Trade certification is compulsory in some jurisdictions while available, but voluntary, in others. Where certification is not required for the trade, codes, standards and regulations still apply. Electrical contractors in Canada require a Construction and Maintenance License.

Program Updates:

RTO, in cooperation with industry and with the support of ITA, has developed a new format for the Industrial Electrician competency-based logbook. This new format still encompasses all of the tasks from the previous logbook, but in a more portable layout. Read more.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 170.96 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 1.08 MB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 453.74 KB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 34.17 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.

OR

If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 62.78 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 64.98 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 51.9 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 72.63 KB)