Elevating Devices Certified Mechanic Continuing Education
Topic: Continuing Education
In order to renew their certification, Certified Elevating Devices Mechanics are required by the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation (EDSR) section 4.3(4) to complete 24 hours of continuing education every three years. This training shall comprise of both technical training and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) training as outlined below. It is intended that the mechanic receive a balance of training, with an ideal ratio of 33% OHS and 66% technical.
BCSA does not require all courses to be pre-approved, as we believe this would be too prescriptive and limit mechanics’ needs to upgrade skills on an individual basis. As such, courses should fall under the general guidelines for content listed below. If you have a course that you are not sure will meet the general requirements listed below, contact BCSA to get prior approval.
Technical training, such as:
- OEM procedures
- Codes and regulations
- Technology updates
- Product-specific or hands-on training
OHS courses, such as:
- Fall arrest
- WHMIS certification
- WorkSafeBC seminars
- First aid
These courses are offered by:
- Private training providers
- In-house training
- Post-secondary institutions (e.g., BCIT)
- Online courses
- OEM manufacturers
Certified Elevating Devices Mechanics are required to submit proof of training when renewing certificates. Mechanics must supply documentation from the training providers that validates attendance, and includes the total number of hours. This documentation can be in the form of a certificate or a letter from the course provider.
Earl Towson, Sr. Safety Officer, Elevating, Amusements, and Ropeways
Elevating Devices Safety Regulation