Construction and Maintenance Electrician is one of 55 trades in Canada that requires tradespeople to become a licensed journeyperson by your province or territory.
After completing an apprenticeship, you are required to pass the inter-provincial exam called the Certificate of Qualification.
Earning at least 70% on the C of Q exam (a passing grade) is one of the biggest challenges for many aspiring Electricians.
Leo Bitonte, a Journeyman Electrician who challenged and passed the C of Q last year, and Sam Mallak from electricalexam.ca, a company that offers pre-exam tutoring in Canada, provide insight into common challenges and solutions that will help you study effectively, pass the C of Q and earn your license.
How you’re approaching the exam:
You’re taking shortcuts
Don’t rely on your friends to tell you about the questions on their exam (they’re constantly changing) and don’t buy outdated books because you think you’re saving money. Learn the content you’re required to know because employers are looking to hire licensed Electricians who are knowledgeable, Sam says.
“There’s too much to know”
It’s true, there’s a lot of content to study and learn. So don’t cram, Leo says. Enroll in a pre-exam course that teaches you the ins and outs of the C of Q.
You’re aiming for perfection
While it’s nice to score as close to 100% as possible, all you need is 70% to pass. Whether you score a 71 or 99, it doesn’t matter and it’s not necessarily reflective of how you will perform as an electrician. But scoring 69% does—anything below a 70 is a failing score.
How you’re studying the code:
You’re studying the provincial/territorial code
The C of Q exam tests apprentices on the Canadian Electrical Code since Electricians earn an inter-provincial license. There might be discrepancies between the provincial or territorial and national codes, so be sure to always refer to the Canadian Electrical Code when you’re answering questions on your exam.
“The code makes no sense”
Ask your instructors or supervisor for clarification if you’re confused about the Canadian Electrical Code. And if you’re really having trouble, buy a simplified version that dissects each section, explains how the codes are applied and comments on how codes relate to one another.
“The codebook is too big”
Learning how to use the codebook aspect most students struggle with, Sam says. You can’t bring your codebook into the exam, so don’t just rely on your notes. Leo stresses the importance of knowing how to find sections and aspects of the code. So get familiar with the index, appendix and tables.
You score less than 90% on your Electrician Self-Assessment Tool
Electricalexam.ca suggests that students score more than 90% on their ESAT before writing the actual test. Sam says you should phone the ministry to confirm the edition of the Canadian Electrical Code they will be tested on (either 2009 or 2012).
How you’re practicing:
“The wording of these questions is confusing”
The more you practice writing tests, the more familiar you’ll become with how questions are written and structured.
“Some questions cover things I’ve never done before”
Be conscious of the exam throughout trade school and take every lesson seriously – even if you think it’s not relevant for your apprenticeship.
“There’s not enough time”
You get three hours to complete the exam. When you’re completing practice exams, imitate the testing environment and time yourself.
When you’re writing the exam, Leo suggests answering all the questions you know first and skipping the ones you don’t. Remember, all you need to pass is 70% so if you don’t know the answer, guess. But monitor how much time you spend on each question.
ABB Bermac. ABB Group. ABM Electric. Absolute Trades Absolute Interior. Accel Electric AC Electrical. Acciona Energy. A C Contracting Inc. Ace Construction. Accurate Glass & Mirror. Action Electric. Active Electrical Solutions Inc.
A Group. ADI. Adduco Electrical Solutions Ltd. Adrenaline. Advanced Electrical Controls. Aecon Mining. Aire One Heating and Cooling. Airwise Electrical. Airo Electric. Airon HVAC and Control. A.K.Electric. AJ Electric. Aman homes Inc. Anglo Eastren Ship Management Inc. AR company. Arclin Armatec.
Arrow Plumbing and Heating Inc. Ltd.
Aristi Contracting. Atlas Electric
Alberta Inc. Alumicor. All Regions Electric All trade Industrial Inc. Allied Projects LTD. Allied Electrical Services. Alectra Alpha Marathon. Aemada Electrical Contracting Corp. Ambient Mechanical Ltd. Amptrak Electric. Amp-Trak Controls. Amp Pro Electric Ampower Electric. Ampere Ltd. AM PM Electric. AMW. Ancaster Electric Anchor. Apni. Applied Electrical LTD. Armature Electric.
Arbitrary Electric Arva Industries Ascent solutions. Asco Power Technology.
Astra Electric. ATS electrical.
ATS Automation A to Zee Engineering Services. Atomic Energy Canada ( AECL). Avira Industries Avison Electrical AVON Electric .Co. Ltd. AXYZ. AZAP Electrical. Ezratek Babcock Backerhaus Veit B A International Ltd. Balcan Plastic (QC) Barton Electric. Baseview Electric. Baycoat Pvt ltd. Bay Electric Bayview Electric. B&B Climate Care. Beacon Utility Contractors Beckett Electrical. Berg chilling systems Bestech. BC Hydro. Belyea Bros. Heating & Cooling Bell Technical Solutions. Bell Con Electric. Belle-Pak Packing Inc. Benson Cabinetry & Millwork. Bermic Inc. Best Buy BFG Enterprises.
Birnie Electrical Limited. Blue Mountain Plastics Inc. Black & McDonald Limited BMG project consultants Inc. Bradco Electric Bramwood Electrical Brian Little Electric shop BR WEST ELECTRIC. Brooklyn Electrical. B-Safe Electric. Bombardier Bonduell. Boston Electric. Bowman Electric. Bute Electric Inc. Burman & Fellows Group Inc. Burnie Electric. Buston & Dawe Ltd Brennan's Consulting. Bryant Electric Inc.
Brothers Electrical Works. Buzzbolt Electric Ltd. CCA CC Electrical Contracting CEC Services Ltd. CIE. C. Hunter electrical. Canada Power Products Canada Bread Canadian Armed Forces. Canadian Tire. Canadian General Tower Ltd. Canadian Crane Cannon Automotive Solutions. CBRE. C.R.I. Electric. Callisto Construction Ltd. Campbell and Kennedy Electrical Communications. Campoli Electric Ltd. Camtac Canada Power Products. Canada Post. Canatom Electric Canem Systems Ltd. Alberta, Canada.
Caribbean Producers Jamaica td. Cargill Meat Solutions. Carter Georgian Electric Ltd. Cascade Process Controls. Castlemore Electric. Cavanagh Electric. CEC Services Ltd. CEG Inc. Centreline. Centennial Electric Century Electrical Contractors. Cgc. City Of Toronto City Of Winnipeg.
Chrysler Canada CLAC union Clayton Electric CLI Electric. CMS Electric. CN Rail Cobra Power Code 3 Electric. Cola Cola Weston. Cold Storage.
Complete Electrical Services
Component element. Com-plex Systems Ltd. Comstock Canada Ltd. Consilium Electrical. Constrel. Con's Electric. ConServices. Controlled Electric. Convergint Technologies Ltd. Cogent Power Burlington. Copperclad Systems. Corlan Electric. COT Electric. Cpu Electrical. Crimson Electrical. CRS crane systems Inc. Crotech Electric Ltd.
CUSW. Current Electrical Solutions. Currier Power. Culleton Electrical Services CW-services (contract for Fedex Canada) Damass Danmar Electric. Dani. Danik Electric. D.A.R.T Electric Ltd. Defence Construction Canada. Dental Mart. Diageo Inc. Discovery Electric. D. Sayers Electric. D.D.MAC Electric. DDSPL. Deerbrook Electric. Deerfield Electric. Deerhurst Resort. Delmarc Electric. Deno Electric. Dennis Eden Electrical Contracting Department Of Defence. Dependable Mechanical Systems Inc.
Dependable Group Of Companies
DMJ Distributors, Australia. Deman Construction. Defran Electric. Descon Conveyor Solutions. Diamond Electric. Direct Power Electrical Inc. Distinttech. Diz Construction Corp. DK Plus Electrical Dorval Electric. DoFasco. Domtar
DP Electric DSL Solutions. DTK Automations.
Delat Deville Electric. Dragon Electric Inc. Durock Electric. Ducon Contractors and Homes. Duplex Electric. DYNA MIG, A Division of F&P Mfg., Inc. DW Inc. Eagle Press and Equipment. Eaton. EC power and Lighting Ltd. Edge Automation. Edson Packaging Machinery Ltd. Egar Tool and Dir Enersource Hydro. Enercon. Energy Alliance. Energy Network Services. Engie Multitech. Enriam Dynamics. EnWin Utilities. Electra. Electricians To Go Electric By Nature. Electric Ltd. Electrical Services- Alberta
Electrical smart services.
Electrical System Integration and Maintenance Electrical Mechanical Innovations. Electric Group Ltd. Electrofrost. Electrostar. Electrotech Inc. Elephas Control Systems Elko Elecrtic. Elkonor Electrical. Eltor Electrical. Elite Electric EMR Inc. Emer Electric EMCS Enek Electrical.
EPI Electric Contractors. E.S Fox. Essar Ess plus masters.
Fitzpatrick Electric Contractors FH Automation Flakeboard Ltd. Fleetwood Metal Industries. Flex-n-gate Electric. Flo. Fluor - Alberta IBEW FM Sylan FMS Electrical Ltd. Force Automation. Ford Canada Foretech Electric. Fortis Electric Ltd. FOS Electric systems. Foxwood Electric. Frontier Kemper ULC Frontline Electrical Services. Future Electric Future Tech. FULL Service Electric. FULL Scale Electric. Galmar Electrical Contr. Inc. GAK Technology Ltd. Genco Electric. Gengroup. Genuine Electric Gidds. Girard Electric. Give & Go. Giessler Electric. Guaranteed Electric. Grande Cache Coal Ltd (Alberta) Grande Electric. GTA Electrical Enterprises Inc.
GE Water & Process Technologies. Generac Power Systems. Gem Tech Systems. Georgian Shores Electric Georgia pacific Canada Inc. GGE Services. Gibraltar Electric. GM motors Canada GMZ Electrical Inc. Gobbo Systems Inc. Go Green TTC. Goldcorp Inc. Goldgen Co. Golddome Electric. Grantek Goodman Construction Greatdealsmarket.ca Great Canadian wiring co. Grayley Electrical. Grand Cache Coal Corp. Grand River Enterprises. Graywood Electric Ltd. GR Electric. GRT Electric. GTAA
GTA SMART WIRING SOLUTIONS INC.
Guild Electrich G&W Canada Corporation. HFX Solar. H&G Control Company. Hammer Electric. Hamilton Electric. Hamilton School Board. Handling Specialty. Hanson safe electrical solutions Inc. Handy Andy Lett Contracting. Hartwell Electrical. Hart-well Electrical Company limited Heritage Electric Contracting ltd. Hi-Lite Electric Inc. Hilario Electrical. HLS Linen Services. Homelight Electrical. Holcim. Holley Electric. Honda of Canada Mfg. Houle Electric. Hotwire Electric. Horowitz Development. Humber College. Hubbell Canada.
H&R Electric. Hydro H&P Electrical Hydro One Corporation. Hydroform Solutions. IB Electrics. Ibew353 Ibew 353 North. IBEW 115 (Brockville). IBEW 151. Ibew2085. IBEW424 IBEW Local 586. Ibew773. IBEW 804. Iconic. ICS lumber. IBI Group. IG Electric IGPC Electric Igman Electric Ltd. Illumilight. Impact Electric. IMTT-Newfoundland, Ltd. Impact Electrical & Mechanical Ltd. Indoc Cranes (Saskachewan). Industrial Electrical Contrators Ltd. Industrial Contracting Solutions (ICS) Ingram. Innowave Electric Inc.
Inner-Phase electric .
Inner quest services. Intact Electric. Integrity Tool and Mold. Intergal Energy Services Ltd. Internazionale Electrical Contractors.
IPE Canada. IRIS Power. ISS Facility. Infinite Electric.
Internazional Electrical Contractors.
Invista. Innowave Electric
Ippolito Fruit and Produce. Izek Jacobs Industrial Services. J & W Electric. Jade Taylor Electric Ltd. Jake Electric. Jan K Overweel. Janick Electric Ltd. Jay Electric. Jesstec Industries Inc JD Electric. JD Irving Ltd. JG Rogers Corp. JFM Inc. JMR. Joe-Tech Electric. Joint Apprenticeship Council. JP Power Ltd Jselectric Inc.
JW Morris. J&W Electric K & K Reno Services Inc. Kanata Utilities Ltd. Kamnik Electric. Karmax Heavy Stamping. Kelloggs Canada. KEI Ken Keeler Electric. Kennedy Electric. K O Electric Power and Control Inc. Kiewit: Construction, Engineering and Mining Services. Kinder Electromechanical.
Kruger Packaging. LaBelle Electric Ltd. Lancor Electric Land Mark Electric Inc. Langen Electric Ltd. Langguth America. Larlin Electric. Lariviere Electric Lasco Electric Inc. Lazer Electrical Solutions. Lemco Electric Les Services administratif Cominar Inc. Leslie Electric Company Leslie Electrical. Lexsan Electrical. Leitner Poma Leighton Electric. Liebherr Electric. Linamar Line Electrical Ltd. Lincoln Electric Company Of Canada. Lite On Site. Lighting Contracting. Lightron Site Electric. Linex Manufacturing~Linamar. Linergy Manufacturing. Lion Electric. Listowel Technologies Inc. Lobar Const.. Local 1687. Local 530. Lockerbie and hole Co Ltd. London Airport YXU London Spark Electric Services. Locus Electrical Contractors Ltd. Lorik Tools. Lovett Electrical. Lowes Canada. Lucid Electric. McEachern Electric Ltd. Maclean Engineering. Mafna Air technology Inc. Magna International Mag Electric. Malton Electric
Manctor Brampton Branch. Manny's Electrical Maple Stamping Maple ridge power and light. Mapleview Electric Co Ltd. Mars Wrigley Confectionary. Marlen Technical Services Ltd. Martinrea O/A Rollstar Metal Forming.
Masse electric. Massi Automated Systems. Mastercard Master Electric. Mayfair Electric.
Max Aicher North America.
McAdoo Electric. McCormick Canada. Melitron Corp. Mellon. Merge Electric. Meridian Housing Foundation. Merlin Plastics. Metro Wide Electric.
Metrican Stamping Inc.
Messina Electric Mainway Electrical. Masse Marzz Electric Martin Electric. Martec Construction Services
Meridian. Meter City Central. Metric Electric Ltd. Micro Electric. Ming Electric Mikes Electric Ltd. Millennium Electric. Mill Street Brewer. Mitchell Electric.
Minelli Maintenance Ltd. M.W.H. Petroleum.
M & M HVAC.
Montgomery Electric. Modatek Systems (Magna). Modern Niagara Electric. Moldpro Moore Electrical Inc. Morrow Equipment. MTI. MTE Controls. Mott Electric. Motion Electric. Mp Electrical Services Ltd.
Muddy York Electric. Munger. Murray Electric Cont. Ltd. Musashi. Musico Electric Ltd. Multitech Trades Corp. Multitap Electrical Services. MPRO Electrical MWS Solutions. MVJ Electric. MVP Electric. MXX Electrical. Mykon Electric.
National Steel Car. National Oilwell Varco. Naylor Group Inc. NewLine Electrical Services Net Electric. New Rubber Technologies Canada. New Electric. Nabors. Narlee Electric. Nathan Electric.
New 5 electrical inc.
Niagara Electric. Nicholson Electrical Services Nola Electric. Nord Electric. Northern Telecom. North America Construction. Northfield Electric. Northern Transformer Corp. North Country Electric Inc. Novin Electrical. North Country Electric. North Star Electric. North Wind Solutions Nortown Electrical Contractors Ltd. Nortex Electric NSW Electric Contractors. Nuforce & Security Co. Ltd. Nexus Electric. Oconnor Electric. OEC Canada Inc. O\’Brien LS. Ohmax Electrical Incoporated. Okey Lamp. Olkamar Electric. Omega Electric. On and Off Electric. Ontario Electrical Construction. Ontario Electric.
ONR Ontario Northland Rail Orangeville Fire Equipment Orion Electric Ltd. Orlick Industries Ltd. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) Optimal Power Solutions Ltd. Outback Electric. OZZ Electric Inc. Onyx-Fire. Optimum Electric
Panson Electric. Parmalot Patrick Sparck Electric. Paynel Electrical Contractors. Parkers Tea & Coffee Ltd. Peace River Coal ( Anglo American ). Pearson Electrotechnology Centre-Montreal. Pepsi. Perfect Renovations Group. PCL Construction. PCL energy. PCS electric. PG. Pch Electrical PHE P.N.P Electric Panson Electric Service Ltd. Particular Electric.
Phasecorp Electric Ltd.
Phazer Electric. Phase 1 Electric. Phase4electric Pine Valley Electric. Pivot Systems Alberta. Pivot Systems Mississauga. PHEONIX ELECTRIC LTD. PLA Automation
Plan Group. Platinum Electrical Contractors. Platinum Electrical – Industrial
Plaza Electric. PNP Electric. Poirier Electric. Polar Pak Inc.
Polycon Electric. POS Electric Ltd. Potash Corp. Power Works Electrical Services.
Power Op. PPG
Practical Electric Contracting Inc. Precise Parklink Inc.