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Hi. What would be some good qualifications for an apprentice to get before applying for apprenticeships?

I am considering getting the following:
  • Fork Lift (required for were I live to operate forklift)
  • Confined Space
  • Working at heights (I think that exists)

I already have my current first aid, as well as a worksite saftey induction course that I had to get while doing a working holiday in Australia (I think it is good internationally though).

Any thoughts on that?
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-Adrian
 

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Certifications are good. Get what you can without paying much if any out of your pocket. But nothing compares to field experience. When I got out of trade school, I knew codes, calculations, different wiring methods etc. But I didn't know how to walk off a coil of 14 gage wire because we never used brand new spools. Lol kind of shows inexperience rather quickly. I would try hard to get some construction experience, hopefully related to the electric field. Thats easier said than done but even if you are digging holes for a pool, make it clear that when the gfi goes in you are to be the right hand man. Good luck with it.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I just meant the qualifications that you need to have to even get any experience in that area. So for example I could have experience working on a scaffold, but if I don't have the qualification that rewire suggested, than that experience was illegal and I need the ticket before going on any official sites.
And sorry I forgot to mention I am going to be working in Alberta and BC Canada.
Do you know if they will wan't to see a WHIMIS certificate, or if I have done the course in the military but never given a certificate will that be good enough?
 

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-NFPA 70E Qualified Persons or the Canadian equivalent since you're heading into industrial
-Red Cross First Aid
-My personal preference, EMT. :thumbsup:
 

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CSTS its like a 6 hour online course. Easy and boring :)

Other then CSTS and first aid, not much for a starter. I would stop there. MAYBE go H2S alive if you are seriously pushing for oilfield work as a starter but doubtful they hire starters? idk. If you just plan on resi/commercial get CSTS for sure and first aid course. Employer should do your fall arrest and boom/lift training when you need it.
 

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CSTS its like a 6 hour online course. Easy and boring :)

Other then CSTS and first aid, not much for a starter. I would stop there. MAYBE go H2S alive if you are seriously pushing for oilfield work as a starter but doubtful they hire starters? idk. If you just plan on resi/commercial get CSTS for sure and first aid course. Employer should do your fall arrest and boom/lift training when you need it.
So in other words I need to do the exact same boring course I did in Austrailia, only even more boring sense I have already done it? Sweet... :wallbash:
 

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So is that a no on the forklift? Kind of wanted an excuse to learn to drive a forklift... haha
 

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-NFPA 70E Qualified Persons or the Canadian equivalent since you're heading into industrial
CSA Z462 is the Canadian standard, and electrical safety training is something you should have regardless of what type of electrical work you do.
 
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Welding, machine shop, algebra, you will use these in the trade if you are doing industrial. You will find yourself welding strut racks for conduit. Need to know how to use band saws and drill presses if you wind up having to fab custom buss bars. If your heading into residential, then maybe learn how to do your nails and hair.
 
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