PEC Program & Courses
These are the courses required for a Master Electrician to receive their PEC Designation.
This course will introduce you to the terms and concepts of accounting and show you how to use them to attain goals and controls for future growth. You will learn practical skills to help you develop, interpret and use financial data, pin-point problem and profit areas, and focus your resources toward a successful electrical contracting business.
Business and Public Relations
A series of five modules designed to give you essential and proven management concepts in the areas of managing: Credit & Collections, Business Promotion, Sales Management, Business Management and Human Resource Management. Each module will teach you hands-on management strategies to immediately begin improving the performance and profitability of your electrical contracting business.
Assessing & Finalizing the Tender
This course for the Professional Electrical Contractor courses covers organizing the estimate, finalizing the tender, and computer aid in estimating and finalizing the tender. Since the course is aimed at Professional Electrical Contractors, very little time is spent on basic take-offs. The course addresses calculations of various overheads, mark-up theories, labor factors, evaluating risk factors, and the like, all concerns that the active business manager meets up with every day. These three parts of this course are designed to create an awareness in the Professional Electrical Contractor of the various business principles involved in preparing his or her tenders.
This course will increase your awareness and understanding of legal issues and pitfalls common to electrical contractors. The course will also address incorporation, income tax and GST, construction contracts, subcontracts and liability thereunder as well as how to ensure payment for your work – including remedies available under The Builders’ Lien Act.
PEC Project Management
Practical hands-on skills to learn and apply project management processes and knowledge areas, to reduce project cost through effective purchasing and administration; to avoid paying for others errors or omissions; to recover all costs which you are entitled; effective record keeping to enhance project profitability.
Objectives PEC Electrical PM:
- List and apply Project Management processes (5) and knowledge areas (10).
- Identify and recover all costs to which you are entitled.
- Avoid paying for others’ errors or omissions.
- Reduce project costs through effective purchasing and administration.
- Identify cost overruns – and take corrective action.
- Use effective record keeping systems to enhance project profitability.
A well developed safety program can reduce costs resulting from injury and property damage, and is the hallmark of a quality electrical contracting firm.. The first day of the course shows you each step to develop and implement an effective safety program for your small to medium sized electrical contracting firm.
The next day is designed to help managers ensure construction supervisors fine-tune their safety skills by:
- clearly understanding what their safety roles and responsibilities are
- presenting and delivering effective training to workers and maintaining high worksite safety standards
- conducting effective site inspections – and developing appropriate recommendations
- investigating – the steps to follow and processes involved
Continuing Education Course Outlines
These continuing education courses are available to anyone in the industry and are excellent Annual Professional Development (APD) opportunities for all PEC’s
Canadian Electrical Code Changes
This course is recognized by the Safety Codes Council for Alberta Master Electricians and Safety Codes Officers.
This course is designed for the Professional Electrical Contractor (PEC), Certified Master Electrician (CME), Registered Master Electrician (RME), Safety Codes Officer (SCO) and Master Electrician (ME) that desired to maintain their designation or any electrician that desired to keep up-to-date on the current Canadian Electrical Code as it applies to the industry in Alberta. Typically presented by senior Safety Codes Officers (SCO’s) and held in several locations in the province.
Basic Electrical Estimating (BEE)
For small contractors who are not ready to make the investment in a computerized estimating system.
Designed to teach new contractors the fundamentals of preparing an electrical estimate using the Elemental Format hands-on. The course will address material take-off, pricing of materials, labouring of materials using the NECA Manual of Labour Units, labour costs, special overheads, general overheads and profit/contingencies.
Design Build Course
The design build course is an orientation to a relatively popular project delivery method that is intended for estimators, managers, engineers, executives and owners of electrical contracting firms to address opportunities in design build and expand their market share.
Computer Estimating for Small Projects
This course is designed to provide the new estimator or contractor with a basic understanding of how to prepare an estimate. It covers:
- Planning for the estimate
- Preparing counts, take-offs
- Preparing the Bill of material for supplier pricing and Review of the Bill of material
- Accubid “Bidwinner”
- Use of assemblies, where to enter miscellaneous costs, supplier pricing, overhead costs, and the final pricing sheet
- Use of Excel spreadsheets to assist with take-offs
Online Ethics Course
This course is required to be completed before PEC application reaches the PEC Board.
Available through the ECAA Online Training site (hyperlink www.ecaatraining.com) This course is designed for a Master Electrician to obtain a professional designation and certification as a Professional Electrical Contractor (PEC) and Certified Master Electrician (CME). This is a requirement under the Professional Electrical Contractor and Master Electrician Regulation for PEC’s and CME’s but is available to anyone with an interest in this material. The course is based on the ECAA Code of Good Practices which encapsulates the Code of Ethics as outlined in the PEC and ME Regulation.
Several scenarios are included and there is a final set of questions designed to help you think ethically. When 75% of them are answered correctly you will have a certificate of completion recorded for you. This course is not intended to be an exhaustive study of ethics, but rather it will serve as a point of increased awareness of how our ethics influence our daily decisions, and in turn, our industry.
ECAA PEC MENTORING Program
- The mentor’s role is restricted to providing suggestions, guidance, advice, opinions, examples, scenarios, or case studies.
- The mentee takes all information provided by the mentor under advisement in making career, professional and personal decisions.
- Job Coaching is beyond the scope of this proposal.
- The mentor and mentee do not receive or give any monetary allotment for the mentoring sessions.
- Involvement of Mentee’s organization in mentoring process must be considered on a case by case basis.
PEC Mentoring Roles:
- Clarifying-the mentees experience, skills, values, and interest.
- Capacity testing-of the mentees goals (SMART format).
- Advising-the mentee on: how to get information, how to approach opportunities and threats, interpersonal and group dynamics, ideas and beliefs related to their career.
- Planning– assist the mentee to develop an action plan with mileposts for career and leadership development. This could include suggestions about: selected readings, professional development activities, a review of proficiencies and credentials, workshops, or seminars.
- Confidentiality– what is discussed in the mentoring session must stay in the mentoring session. Sessions should not be discussed with others by the mentor or mentee unless both the mentor and mentee agree that a specific item may be discussed with specific outside people.
- Respect– each other’s time to ensure minimum sessions and hours are achieved.
- Location for mentoring session– choose quiet surroundings where confidentiality can be maintained.
a. Unless acceptable to the mentee’s employer, the mentoring sessions should be held outside of the mentees working hours.
b. Mentoring should occur over a set period of typically 4 to 6 months. Meetings should occur a minimum of two times per month for a minimum of 1 hour to a suggested maximum of 2 hours per meeting. The mentoring period should be a suggested minimum of12 hours to a maximum of 24 hours.
c. At the initial mentoring session:
i. The mentor should review guidelines, goal setting and how to develop an action plan.
ii. The mentee should clarify their experience, skills, values and interests.
iii. The two parties should mutually agree on the timing of the next meeting before the end of any mentoring session.
- Agenda– to be drafted by the mentee and should be emailed or texted to the mentor two days prior to the next mentoring session.
- Boundary setting
a. Mentoring : i. Is NOT counseling for work, family or personal issues,
ii. Is NOT tutoring or teaching,
iii. Is NOT a job reference or job search,
iv. Is NOT a “complaint” session,
v. Is NOT a quick fix session.
vi. Is dependent on Mentee’s motivation and readiness
vii. Is dependent on Mentors one on one skills and knowledge / experience
- Matching of Mentor and Mentee–
a. Based on needs, geography and knowledge areas.
b. Complete mentor / mentee application form and submit to ECAA office.
c. Continuous improvement is the goal – the at end of each mentoring session, mentor should ask:
i. Start- Something mentor should start doing
ii. STOP-Something mentor should stop doing
iii. Continue –what went well
- Record-keeping for Mentoring Sessions
a. If the mentor or mentee is claiming PEC APD (annual professional development) points then a common RPT Form/ PEC APD Mentor sheet must be filled out for each mentoring session. Form attached at end of this document. One hour of mentoring or being mentored = 1 APD point
A mentor is an experienced person (not necessarily older) who typically has worked in several areas of the industry and also has management experience. A mentor could be a PEC or subject matter expert. A critical component in the mentoring relationship is a mutual respect between the mentor and mentee. The mentor acts as your advisor, providing advice on career paths and leadership, not a tutor for skills to do your job (that is job coaching).
A mentee is the person being mentored. A mentee could be:
- a regular PEC member
- a student PEC or a PEC who also requires mentoring in leadership, interpersonal and communication skills or
- an internationally trained electrician who requires mentoring in the Canadian electrical workplace culture.
Specific goals, one idea only.
Action verb in your goal.
Realistic and relevant.
Time bound, have mileposts or target date.
Appeals for Mentoring Decisions:
Appeals against any decision made by the practice review or discipline committee or education committee are to follow documented PEC guidelines.