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Construction Electrical

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: September

Location: Summerside Waterfront Campus

Length: 1 Year

Credential: Certificate, Construction Electrical

Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants

International Applicants

Student working in labThe Construction Electrical program gives you fundamental knowledge about electricity and its applications, and prepares you to work in residential and commercial settings assembling, installing, testing, maintaining, servicing, and operating various electrical systems and equipment. You will move from the classroom to the lab, getting plenty of experience installing power and lighting systems, emergency lighting, communication equipment, motors, automation and control systems and solar energy systems, as well as learning how to follow the National Building Code, the Canadian Electrical Code, and other safety requirements.


The most successful path to a Red Seal as a construction electrician begins with the Construction Electrical program. This program enables you to earn 30 hours of apprenticeship time for each week of training and write the apprenticeship year-one block exam, which puts you well on your way to Red Seal certification.

Upon graduation, once you are working with a suitable employer, you will register as an apprentice to complete your journey to challenge the Red Seal exam. When you register, Apprenticeship PEI will give you credit for the hours earned and block exams passed while you were at Holland College.

The Red Seal gives you the ability to work anywhere in Canada without further testing or certification.

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program


2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

1 Year



Tuition $4,471 $9,571
Fees $837 $1,587
Other Costs $1,880 $1,880 
Total $7,188 $13,038 

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1 Year

Tuition $4,471
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $445
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Subtotal $5,308
1st installment due September 5 $3,520
2nd installment due January 8 $1,788

Other Costs

1 Year

Books $990
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $400
Equipment/Tools $450
Materials & Supplies $40
     Subtotal $1,880
Total $7,188


International Cost Breakdown

Tuition and Other Fees

1 Year

Tuition* $9,571
Student Union $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195
Graduation Fee $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
     Subtotal $11,158
1st installment due September 5 $9,370
2nd installment due January 8 $1,788

Other Costs

1 Year

Books $990
Uniforms/Safety Shoes $400
Equipment/Tools $450
Materials & Supplies $40
     Subtotal $1,880
Total $13,038

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  •  Construction and related service industries


After you graduate from Holland College, your apprenticeship training begins. When you register with your provincial apprenticeship program, you will receive credit for the hours earned and level exams passed while you were at Holland College. Learn more about apprenticeship and the Red Seal program.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:BLPR-1010

Electrical Blueprint Reading

The ability to read and understand blueprints is,essential in the construction field, as,blueprints are used to design, plan, estimate and,build projects. This course introduces students,to blueprint reading and sketching, with a focus,on engineered drawings for residential and,commercial types of structures.


Course Code:COMM-1005

Workplace Communications

This course is designed to allow students to,develop preparatory skills for securing and,retaining employment including; workplace,communication, time management, critical thinking,and problem-solving, and customer service. Upon,successful completion of this course students are,able to use oral communications techniques, and,create a variety of written documents and reports,used in the workplace. Methods and strategies,for job search, preparation and retention are,also incorporated.


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore,digital environments with practical applications,for various workplaces and educational,institutions. The main areas of focus include word,processing, spreadsheets, presentation software,,email and other electronic communication tools,,various digital environments, and,industry-specific applications.


Course Code:ELEC-1001

Occupational Safety and Canadian,Electrical Code

Students learn safe working practices and,measures to ensure both personal and public,safety as it pertains to the electrical trade. ,Students also learn about the Canadian Electrical,Code (CEC), how to utilize this standard, and how,it applies to electrical installations that they,will encounter in the program, and throughout,their careers.


Course Code:ELEC-1021

Introduction to DC Fundamentals

The installation and maintenance of electrical,equipment requires an understanding of electrical,characteristics in order to properly install and,troubleshoot equipment in a safe and professional,manner. This course provides students with the,basic theory required to solve and analyze DC,circuits. Lab time is used to reinforce theory.


Course Code:ELEC-1026

Introduction to AC Fundamentals

In this course students learn the fundamentals of,alternating current (AC) which provides a,foundation for future studies in transformers,,rotating machines and transmission of electrical,energy.


Course Code:ELEC-1040

Wiring Methods I

In this course students learn the practical,skills required for residential installations. ,Students become more familiar with the Canadian,Electrical Code (CEC) by ensuring that all,installations are in compliance.


Course Code:ELEC-1045

Wiring Methods II

In this course students learn the practical,skills required to perform commercial/industrial,installations. The course focusses on the proper,selection and installation of conduit, tubing and,cables and the wiring methods employed with this,type of installation. Compliance with the,Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) is stressed for,all installations.


Course Code:ELEC-1050

Introduction to Three Phase Circuits and,Transformers

This course introduces the theory of three-phase,circuits, as well as single-phase and three-phase,transformers and their applications in,residential, commercial, and industrial wiring. ,The advantages of a three-phase system are,discussed, as well as the concepts of operation,of isolation, autotransformer and instrument,transformers. Emphasis is placed on The Canadian,Electrical Code as it is used for the sizing of,conductors and overcurrent devices used in,transformer circuits. Lab activities are used to,reinforce theory.


Course Code:ELEC-1057

Three Wire Distribution System,,Conductors and Voltage Drop

In this course students learn about the various,types, designs, and applications of three wire,distribution systems and electrical conductors. ,Students explore internal and external variables,that limit a conductor's ability to conduct,electricity. Students perform calculations of a,conductor's performance in the presence of,certain variables, using the Canadian Electrical,Code (CEC) as a guide. .


Course Code:ELEC-1070

Electrical Techniques and Premise,Cabling

Students apply the practical skills required for,residential installations. Students continue to,become familiar with the Canadian Electrical Code,(CEC) by ensuring all installations are in,compliance. Students are also provided with the,knowledge and skills necessary to understand the,basics of communication systems, their,installation procedures and troubleshooting,techniques for premise cable installations.


Course Code:ELEC-1160

Introduction to Rotating Electrical,Machines and Controls

This course introduces the theory of DC and AC,rotating machines and their basic control, with,focus on the proper identification of the machine,as well as the wiring connections and control,methods. As part of this course, students are,given the opportunity to demonstrate motor wiring,skills in a practical workshop environment.


Course Code:ELEC-2140

Building Systems - Electrical

This course provides an overview of the various,building electrical systems that electricians,typically encounter in both residential and,commercial settings. Systems explored include,building lighting systems, heating, ventilation,and air conditioning (HVAC), solar photovoltaic,systems, as well as standby and backup systems. ,Students gain an understanding of the electrical,characteristics of these systems in order to,properly install and troubleshoot equipment in a,safe and proficient manner.


Course Code:MATH-1060

Electrical Trade Math I

This course is designed to enable the student to,develop trade related math skills. Students,acquire competency in the math skills as they,relate to their Electrical Construction Wiring,trade and future career. Emphasis is placed on,developing problem solving and critical thinking,skills used in trouble-shooting. Students are,challenged to continually make connections,between math and the electrical field, as well as,every day applications.


Course Code:MATH-1160

Electrical Trade Math II

Building on the skills developed in Electrical,Trade Math I, students continue to develop their,trade math skills focusing on solving problems,involving linear measurement, as well as problems,involving area and volume using both the Metric,and Imperial measurement systems. Conversions,between systems are also discussed, as well as,solving trade related problems involving,percentages and discounts.


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard,first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR),skills from a certified trainer. As required by,regulation, this course covers CPR and the,management of other breathing, airway and,circulation emergencies, as well as, the control,of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing,fractures and dislocations, head and spine,injuries, and more. Also, includes automated,external defibrilators (AED). This certification,expires in 3 years.


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials,Information System (WHMIS) training and,certification.


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When I first walked in I knew next to nothing about this career choice. The program taught me not only the text book stuff about electrical but it provided me with the opportunity to get hands-on training to learn more about what was discussed in the classroom, and how it could apply to the every day on the job.

MacKayla, Construction Electrical 2018


Industrial Electrical Technology

The two-year Industrial Electrical Technology program will show you how to plan, install, test, inspect, troubleshoot, and service all types of industrial electrical equipment in this two-year program. Our on-site electrical labs give you hands-on training and exposure to real-life working conditions to prepare you for a career as an industrial electrician.

Electromechanical Technology

Learn how to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex automated equipment in this 2-year diploma program. Learn about hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers, electronics, microprocessors and more.

Electronics Engineering Technology

Use the latest technology to design, build, and repair electronic and communication devices in the Electronics Engineering Technology program. Learn the fundamentals of electric and electronic circuitry and develop skills to work with Bluetooth, RFID, Computer-Aided Design and Programmable Logic Controllers.