Certificates and licenses
Electrical Contractor Licence # 7011912
In Ontario only electrical contractors licensed by ESA may do electrical work for hire. Obtaining a license is mandatory for all Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians in Ontario.
In order to become licensed as a Licensed Electrical Contractor, each applicant is screened to ensure they meet the requirements of the Electricity Act and Regulation 570/05 (Licensing Regulation).
The Licensing Regulation prohibits ESA from issuing a license to a contractor that does not meet minimum prescribed requirements. All Licensed Electrical Contractors must meet the following to obtain a licence:
Master Electrician License #6015305
Each applicant for a Master Electrician license must meet the requirements of the Electricity Act, 1998 (the Act) and Ontario Regulation 570/05 (Licensing Regulation).
The Licensing Regulation requires Master Electricians to meet minimum prescribed requirements, such as:
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Have at least three years’ experience in the electrical trade:
- As a journeyperson electrician carrying out work under a valid Certificate of Qualification; or
- Practicing the trade of electrician — construction and maintenance; electrician — domestic and rural or industrial electrician under a valid Certificate of Qualification;
- Practicing the trade of powerline technician under a valid Certificate of Qualification;
- Working for an electrical contractor as a licensed P.Eng. registered with the Professional Engineers Ontario; or
- Working for an electrical contractor as a Certified Engineering Technologist or C.Tech registered with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists;
- Pass the Master Electrician examination.
309A Electrician License
In order to become a licensed electrician in the Province on Ontario you must first complete an electrical apprenticeship.
What if I already had an Electrical License from another Country?
An individual would have to become certified with the Province of Ontario by successfully challenging the Certificate of Qualification exam. For more information on this process please go to www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship
What education is required to become an electrical apprentice?
Under the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act the minimum education required is a completed grade 10. However, in the unionized sector of the electrical industry most programs require grade 12 with Math, English and Physics.
How long is an electrical apprenticeship?
Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act an electrical apprenticeship is 9000 hours (approximately five years). However, some union programs will require a pre apprenticeship program be completed before acceptance into the apprenticeship.
Can I receive any credit hours for completed education?
Some programs do reduce the contract of apprenticeship in recognition for high school credits and in some cases for post secondary education courses. These are reviewed on an individual case by case basis.
What type of work does an electrician do?
There are several fields in which an electrician might work provided they have the appropriate certification:
- ICI Sector – Work in this sector is Industrial, Commercial and Institutional. This is referred to as a Construction and Maintenance Electrician.
- Low Rise Residential Sector – This sector is restricted to housing excluding high rise residential buildings.
- Lineworkers – This sector is restricted to the high voltage and the utility sectors.
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