Communication Technician

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Communication technicians install and maintain wired or wireless networks for consumer and business communications.

They also maintain and repair various types of radio frequency (RF), transmission and switching equipment used to provide communication services.

Communication technicians are an integral part of many industries, including oil and gas, healthcare, forestry, education and utilities. Journeypersons are employed by companies that install, maintain, sell, rent or lease communication equipment in the public and private sectors.

NAIT's Communication Technician apprenticeship program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a capable and trusted communication technician.

Quick Facts

Credential: Journeyman Certificate

Hands-on and expert-led apprenticeship and industry training for skilled trades and technology professionals.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Periods: 4

Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training

The NAIT Communication Technician apprenticeship program will train you to install, remove and repair personal computers (PCs), local area or wide area networks (LANs and WANs), consumer communication equipment, private branch exchanges (PBXs) and specialized telecommunication equipment such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), digital subscriber lines (DSLs) or cable modems.

You will also learn how to maintain and repair various types of wireless LANs, cellular and point-to-point microwave systems, as well as troubleshoot and maintain fibre-optic transmission systems (FOTS), cable and satellite television systems and public / private / virtual networking equipment systems.

The Communication Technician program will cover all taskshelp you become a well-rounded  expected of a communications technician, by giving you the opportunity to develop your including the ability to:

  • supervise, train and coach apprentices
  • apply electrical and electronic theory to communication and associated equipment used in the telecommunications industry
  • understand different circuit combinations and components
  • use test instruments and understand their capabilities and limitations
  • carry out the mechanical functions required to complete repairs
  • use test procedures to locate faults and isolate defective components
  • read and interpret drawings, plans and specifications, as well as lay out and develop projects according to specifications
  • coordinate communication work with other trades employed in the industry (both installation and maintenance)
  • meet quality and production standards required in industry 
  • supervise, train and coach apprentices

What's in an apprenticeship education?

Apprenticeship training for Communication Technicians is post-secondary education designed to provide Alberta with a steady supply of highly skilled employees.

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If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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Apprenticeship involves a combination of on-the-job training as an employee of a participating employer, and technical training at NAIT. The term of apprenticeship for a Communication Technician is 4 years. The four 12-month periods include:

  • A minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training for each year under the supervision of a certified journeyperson or qualified Communications Technician tradesperson
  • 6 weeks during each of the first 3 years and 8 weeks in the fourth year of technical training, which includes learning the theory, hands-on skills and technologies of the trade

Each period of technical training concludes with an apprenticeship board examination that requires a passing grade of 70% to continue to the next year. 

Learn more about the apprenticeship periods of this program

Enter the workforce with confidence

Communication technicians have traditionally been employed by large telecommunications and cable companies, as well as smaller companies that install, maintain, sell or lease telecommunications equipment. These smaller companies may subcontract to the larger telecommunications companies or install private communications systems.

Communication technician work is most rewarding for those who enjoy learning new things and doing precise work that sometimes requires creativity. To be successful in their trade, communication technicians need:

  • mechanical ability
  • analytical ability
  • strong mathematical knowledge
  • good communication skills


Tuition & Fees

The tuition and fee amounts below are estimates based on current academic year’s rates. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. Actual fees may vary by term and enrolment activities. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more detailed information.

View the technical equipment requirements (PDF)

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How to Apply

Complete an apprenticeship application & contract form

Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

Dates & Deadlines

Once you are an indentured apprentice, you can review the availability and start and end dates of the program you are interested in. Log into your MyTradesecrets profile and do a search under the Class Registration section. Then you can determine the schedule that best fits your needs.

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

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Apply to the program with step-by-step instructions on how to complete the application process. Please note, processing time may vary for applicants, so we recommend starting early.

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