In-Person Exams



Writing an in-person exam? Here's what you need to know about the process, what to bring, and the exam rules you will need to be familiar with before you write your exam.

If you're applying for a Class A Pressure Welder certificate, read the practical exam overview for information specific to your type of exam as these rules differ from our regular in-person exam rules.

If you like, you can download and print this in-person exam guide and take it to your exam location.

You must bring a valid and current government-issued photo identification (ID).

Acceptable IDs are:

  • Driver’s Licence (issued by a Canadian province or territory)
  • Provincial Identification Card (for example, BC Identity card, Alberta Identity card)
  • BC Services Card
  • Combination Driver's License and BC Services Card
  • Passport
  • Indian Status Card
  • Canadian Permanent Residency Card

Please note your ID must be original, legible, and not torn or altered. Copies or certified copies are not accepted. Expired IDs or IDs with no expiry date are also not accepted.

You cannot write your exam without proper identification. This will result in having to reschedule your exam and paying any necessary rescheduling fees.

Other items

You are allowed to bring your code books and other permitted reference materials.

For in-person exams you will be provided:

  • A laptop
  • A link to the dictionary
  • A link to the Safety Standard Act
  • Links to Regulations, directives, and information bulletins*
  • A non-programmable calculator
  • Two blank sheets of paper
  • Pen

For essay exams you will be provided with:

  • A laptop
  • A non-programmable calculator
  • Exam booklet
  • Pen or pencil
  • T-square or drawing board
  • Links to the Safety Standards Act
  • Links to Regulations, directives, and information bulletins*
  • A link to the dictionary

*Online versions of the Safety Standards Act, regulations, and directives are provided. You may choose to bring your own hard copy materials instead.

  • Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled start time and check in with a Technical Safety BC official.
  • An invigilator will ensure that you are registered, that rules are followed, and that you have all the materials you need.
  • Late arrivals will not be given extra time to write the exam.

Any breaches of the following rules may result in the termination of your exam session, cancellation of your exam and result in a prohibition of six months before you may be allowed to write future exams or obtain qualifications. Depending on the severity of the breach, further actions may be considered, including, but not limited to, assessment of pre-existing qualifications, remedial training, and suspension or revocation of existing qualifications.

Our invigilators are trained to detect breaches of these rules. If an invigilator suspects you of cheating or not following these rules during the exam, the invigilator reserves the right to prohibit you from continuing to write your exam.

Before starting your exam, you will be asked to show an acceptable government issued ID to a Technical Safety BC employee. Failure to provide an acceptable ID will result in you not being able to write your exam. 

The following items must not be worn or used by the examinee during the exam. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Hats or caps
  • Earpieces or other listening devices, including headphones
  • Recording devices, including cameras, cellphones, digital watches, electronic pens, google glasses, video recorders, electronic notepads, or books  
  • Programmable calculator
  • Your own dictionary. You are allowed to use the online English dictionary (translating a single language) provided through Reference Materials during the exam. Access or use of any other dictionary is prohibited during the exam

Exams will start and end on time. You are allowed the full time to write your exam. 

  1. You must leave all bags and electronic devices in the area assigned for personal belongings before taking a seat.
  2. Communicating with anyone during the exam is strictly prohibited unless you are communicating with a Technical Safety BC employee. It is an offence to attempt to communicate with other examinees during the exam. Once the exam is completed and has been submitted, you must not communicate or discuss the contents of the exam without our approval.  
  3. You are not allowed to use notes, papers, or devices of any kind other than those permitted for the exam. You are not allowed to copy or attempt to copy the work of another examinee.
  4. You are not allowed to leave the exam room unless your safety is at risk or unless posted rules for the exam specifically allow you to do so. If you choose to leave the exam room for any reason, your exam will be forfeited and will need to be rescheduled. You are not allowed to leave and re-enter the room.
  5. All sessions are recorded and reviewed by exam invigilators to assess compliance with exam rules and to ensure academic honesty and exam security.
  6. It is an offence to copy, record, or share exam questions or diagrams through any means.
  1. It is an examination offence to copy, record, or remove the exam questions from the exam room.
  2. Any questions are to be directed to the invigilator. The invigilator can only answer administrative questions. All other questions or comments may be recorded by the examinee on the online evaluation form after the exam is completed.
  3. Examinees must notify the invigilator upon completion of the exam and follow instructions from the invigilator for the exit process.
  4. All required information must be clearly marked in the space provided on the answer sheet.
  5. All answers must be written in ink on the answer sheet provided. If using a bubble sheet or drawing diagrams, answers must be marked in pencil.

Your exam results will be made available in the Online Services for Certification portal. To view your results, click on the Exams tab, then click View on your exam to see your score.

Once your exam has been marked you will receive a letter or email with your results. Results will not be given over the telephone, at our front counter, or by the invigilator.

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