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  • Five-month certificate
  • September and February entry dates
    • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
    • Credit transfer opportunities: This is not an apprenticeship program, but may provide apprenticeship credit transfer opportunities
    • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded. 


    This program develops the knowledge and skills you need for employment in the construction industry, public utilities, motor repair facilities, or manufacturers and distributors of electrical equipment.

    You will gain knowledge in the fundamentals of electricity, electrical codes, wiring practices, and trade safety awareness.

    Prior to starting the program, you will be invited to attend a program overview information session. You will also be invited to participate in a math and reading skills diagnostic testing session that will advise you of your program readiness.

    This is a not an apprenticeship program, but may provide credit transfer opportunities towards apprenticeship. Apprenticeship Manitoba offers apprenticeship training that combines on-the-job practical skills development with levels of technical training. If you are interested in applying to an apprenticeship program, please visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/wd/apprenticeship/discover/mbtrades/index.html.

    Admission Requirements

    Your Academic History
    If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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    • Go to apply.rrc.ca and log in.
    • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

    If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

    Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

    Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

    However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

    Regular Admission Requirements

    1. Grade 12
      • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12, including one credit in each of the following courses:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 11 Applied Math 30S or Pre-Calculus Math 30S, or Grade 12 Consumer Math 40S or Essential Mathematics 40S
        • Grade 10 Science
      • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
      • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
    2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
      • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
        Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
        • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
        • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
        • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
      • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

    Mature Student Admission Requirements
    If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements. 

    1. Academic Requirement
      • High school graduation is not required, but you must have successfully completed or be enrolled in one credit in each of the following courses:
        • Grade 12 English
        • Grade 11 Applied Math 30S or Pre-Calculus Math 30S, or Grade 12 Consumer Math 40S or Essential Mathematics 40S
        • Grade 10 Science
      • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
      • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
    2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
    Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
    CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
    CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
    As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
    Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


    There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

    Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

    Red River College Polytechnic will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 31, 2022.

    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

    Who Should Enrol?

    To succeed in this program you should have strong mechanical and mathematical aptitudes and excellent reading comprehension skills. You must be willing to accept direction and responsibility, and be prepared to work away from home. Because you will have to move heavy equipment and climb ladders, you should be in good physical condition. Good manual and finger dexterity and good colour distinction for work with colour coded electrical cables are also required.

    As many students have found this program academically demanding, you should be prepared to spend approximately two hours each evening on homework. Your workload will vary from term to term.

    You should also be prepared for occasional late shifts at the College during your training, as courses in the program may run until 6:00 p.m. from time to time.

    Locations, Dates and Fees

    Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

    Location Start Date Apply Link
    Notre Dame Campus Aug 26, 2024 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1

    Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

    Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

    Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

    Courses and Descriptions

    (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
    More Information

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    ELEC-1004Career Scope Electrical Sector
    More Information

    This course is designed to introduce students to various career opportunities in the Electrical sector.  The course will include guest speaker presentations and tours of the relevant industries as time permits.

    ELEC-1005Trade Safety Awareness
    More Information

    Trade Safety Awareness includes instruction on safe working procedures and conditions, accident prevention and the preservation of health in the workplace.  The course includes a seminar on General Safety Training, and lessons on Workplace Health and Safety issues, S.A.F.E., WHMIS, Confined Space, Fall Protection, Electrical and Fire Safety.

    ELEC-1007Applied Math & Sciences
    More Information

    This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and practice in mathematical operations for technical problems.  The course is also designed to provide students with knowledge about scientific principles that underpins many electrical concepts.  Topics include the metric and imperial systems, algebra, area and volume, circuits, force, work, energy, power and light.

    ELEC-1008Intro to Business Processes
    More Information

    This course introduces students to basic business processes such as job costing, estimating, shipping and receiving, and inventory control.

    ELEC-1010Intro to Residential Blueprints
    More Information

    This course introduces students to the basics of residential blueprints.  Additionally, related business practices are introduced.  Students learn to read and interpret simple blueprints in order to identify material required for a job.

    ELEC-1011DC & Fundamental Elec & Labs
    More Information

    This course introduces students to the basics of DC and electrical fundamentals.  There are two parts to this course.  Part 1 involves theory, problem solving, and analysis.  Part 2 involves labs in which students learn to apply safety procedures and practices.  Students also learn to transfer theoretical concepts to practical applications of installing equipment in circuits.

    ELEC-1188Residential Code
    More Information

    This course introduces students to the Canadian Electrical Code.  Students will learn the basic knowledge and understanding of residential writing and load calculation.

    ELEC-1189Residential Wiring
    More Information

    This course gives students practice in laying out and wiring a residential occupancy to Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) requirements.

    SEMR-9209General Safety Training
    More Information

    This General Safety Training (GST) teaches basic general safety content to arm students with the core information necessary for them to protect themselves in workplaces on all descriptions. Although some examples may consider Manitoba legislation, this course has been developed by occupational safety and health professionals using generic information that is not provincially specific.

    SEMR-9521AC-165 Accreditation for Level 1
    More Information

    When a student completes the Electrical Pre-Employment program and meets the requirements outlined by Apprenticeship Manitoba they will receive Level 1 Electrical Accreditation.

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

    1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

    2.  A high speed internet connection

    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
    • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
    • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

    Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    Transfer Credit Opportunities

    As a graduate of this program, you may challenge the Apprenticeship and Training Level 1 entrance test and, if successful, you may be granted one level of in-school training toward the Electrical Construction Apprenticeship. Time credit, reducing the length of your apprenticeship, is at the discretion of the employer.

    For more information about the apprenticeship program, contact:

    Apprenticeship Manitoba
    Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
    1010 - 401 York Avenue
    Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
    Phone 204-945-3337
    Fax 204-948-2346
    Toll-Free: 1-877-978-7233 (1-877-97-TRADE)
    Email: apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

    Other Information

    Tool Kit

    1. Lineman pliers (8" diagonal-cutting pliers)
    2. Side cutter pliers (9 " side cut pliers)
    3. Flat screwdriver (1/4" cabinet screwdriver)
    4. Number 6 screwdriver (#1 Square recess screwdriver)
    5. Philips screwdriver (#2 Philips screwdriver)
    6. Wire stripper
    7. Needle nose pliers (8" long nose pliers)
    8. Electricians tool pouch
    9. Adjustable belt for tool pouch
    10. Pocket knife (hook knife)
    11. Number 8 screwdriver (#2 square recess screwdriver)

    Personal Protective Equipment

    1. CSA approved steel toed safety boots (grade 1)
    2. CSA clear lens safety eyewear (certified Z94.3 and ANSI Z87.1)

    Books and Supplies

    Please visit the RRC Campus Store website at https://bookstore.rrc.ca/

    Graduate Employment Report

    Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

    Graduation Requirements

    For students registered in the Electrical 5 Month Certificate program, with a 2019-2020 Catalogue year, the requirements to graduate are as follows:

    • A minimum grade of C in each of the Core/Compulsory courses in the program content
    • A minimum program GPA of 2.00

    In order to receive Accreditation in Level 1 Apprenticeship, the requirements are as follows:

    • A minimum grade of C in each of the Core/Compulsory courses in the program content
    • A minimum program GPA of 3.00

    Employment Potential

    Graduates may find jobs with utility companies such as Manitoba Hydro and Manitoba Telecom Services, with contractors, manufacturers, or distributors of electrical equipment and machinery, or in many other areas where electrical equipment is used and sold.

    Contact Information

    For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

    For detailed program information, contact:

    Derek Rozwadowski
    Room T204 - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9

    Scott Thomas
    Room T113B - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9

    College Support Services

    Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

    Academic Advising Service
    Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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