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Power Line Technician

Power Line Technicians construct, maintain and repair the overhead and underground electrical power transmission and distribution systems that make up the electrical power grid. This involves putting up and maintaining electrical poles, towers and guy wires as well as installing or repairing the live-line wiring and other components required to connect power distribution and transmission networks. Power Line Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Inter-provincial Red Seal program. Power Line Technicians also inspect and test overhead and underground power lines and auxiliary equipment and install and maintain street lighting systems. Because of the nature of their work, they are often working at heights on poles and towers, either on a ladder or in a hydraulic bucket. In some cases, they are required to work in confined spaces like trenches or tunnels to install underground lines or equipment. Electric power companies, electrical contractors and public utilities are the primary employers. Some Power Line Technicians are highly mobile and their skills are in demand across Canada and in the United States.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 141.18 KB)
  • Program Outline
  • Guidelines for delivery of technical training at ITA Recognized Training Providers
  • Download(PDF 588.58 KB)
  • Guidelines on Interprovincial (IP) Red Seal Examination
  • Information guide about how to study for the IP Exam including sample questions
  • Download(PDF 1.32 MB)
  • Interprovincial (IP) Exam Table
  • List of tasks that will be tested and number of questions on each task
  • Download(PDF 34.06 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 62.31 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 62 KB)
  • Employer Declaration
  • Document of relevant work experience
  • Download(PDF 61.54 KB)
  • Statutory Declaration
  • Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
  • Download(PDF 85.58 KB)