Q: How do I qualify to enter the program?
In order to be eligible to apply for the Power Line Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program, applicants must have a BC High School Diploma (Dogwood) or equivalent, with Grade 12 English, Grade 11 Math (Principles or Applications), and Grade 11 Physics.
Applicants who show that they meet these prerequisites will be required to write entrance examinations in Math (Grade 11 equivalency), English (Grade 12 equivalency), Physics (aptitude test) and Mechanical Aptitude.
Applicants who perform satisfactorily on these tests will take part in an interview with EITI and industry representatives. This interview is designed to assess applicants' level of readiness for working in the power line technician trade, particularly noting awareness of safety and interest in the career path.
If there are more qualified applicants than space in the program, offers of acceptance will be made to qualified students in order of their date of application.
Q: How do I apply?
Applications are processed through Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey Campus, 12666-72 Ave Surrey BC. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be held until the next intake. For each intake there will be an application cut-off date; applications received after the cut-off date will be held for the next intake. Our normal intake is 18 students each year, with the cut-off date in October each year and classes beginning the following February.
There is a $150.00 non-refundable application fee, which covers the administrative costs of testing and interviewing each applicant. The cheque is due and payable to Kwantlen Polytechnic University at the time of application.
Applicants will need to submit a copy of their high school transcript at time of application.
Applicants who show that they meet the prerequisites will be required to write entrance examinations in Math (Grade 11 equivalency), English (Grade 12 equivalency), Physics (aptitude test) and Mechanical Aptitude. Kwantlen Polytechnic University will advise students of dates to write these exams. For those outside the Lower Mainland, Kwantlen Polytechnic University will assist applicants to have their tests written at a local institution. Also as part of the application process, industry and training representatives will interview applicants to determine eligibility to enter the program.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact:
Send your application and a $150.00 cheque made payable to Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Attn: Joanne MacNeil
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
12666 72nd Ave
Q: How much does it cost?
Tuition fees for the program are $8,700.00
Non-refundable application fee is $150.00
Q: What are the Graduation Requirements?
In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, you must fulfill the following requirements:
Academic & Trade Qualifications
Students must have finished Grade 12 Math and Grade 12 Physics and be able to demonstrate this through an equivalency/aptitude test. (Students who enter the program with Grade 11 levels will have an opportunity to take classes from Kwantlen to upgrade their qualifications during the program).
Students will be tested on the skills they learn within the pre-apprenticeship program. Satisfactory performance on these tests is required to graduate.
Students will also be assessed by instructors on their ability and willingness to work safely within the trade environment. Safety is a major concern for EITI as well as all employers who hire graduates of this program.
Driver Training Requirements
Students must hold a valid Class 3 Drivers License with Air Brake Certification to complete the program. Students may arrange for instruction and licensing on their own time before the class begins or as time permits during the pre-apprenticeship program. The cost of this driver training is not included in the program fee. This driver requirement is necessary as most entry-level positions in the PLT career path require this licensing.
Physical Fitness Component
The position of power line technician and many other professions in this career path are physically demanding. To ensure graduates are prepared for the physical demands of the career path, EITI requires graduates to undertake a physical training program and complete a physical fitness test before being awarded their certificate of completion. The physical testing is designed to emulate the types of activities that may be required of graduates in their jobs.
All students will receive access to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus gym facilities. A physical exercise program will be provided upon acceptance to the program and it is the student's responsibility to follow that program and prepare ones self
In order to graduate from the program, physical requirements must be met. As part of the course, you will be given an outline of a physical exercise program administered by EITI. Kwantlen Polytechnic Universityallows registered students to use the gym at the Surrey Campus although that facility may be inadequate for a rigorous fitness program. On completion of the course, students will need to successfully demonstrate they have met the physical requirements.