FSR renewals: What you need to know, now

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With all Field Safety Representatives (FSRs) in BC required to renew their certification by July 31, 2019, we’re getting questions every day about how to renew, why FSRs need to renew and what happens if the deadline is missed.

We’ve rounded up the most popular FAQs around the program. 

What are the benefits for existing FSRs to renew their certification?

The program changes mean that only those FSRs who are actively practicing within BC and who have up-to-date knowledge will remain certified. This will help create a more level playing field among FSRs and create additional value for their certification.

Further, it will provide current and future employers, clients, and the general public with assurance that FSRs have the necessary up-to-date knowledge of the relevant acts, codes and regulations to effectively perform regulated work.

What is the cost?

The cost to renew your FSR certificate is $100 per three-year cycle.

How do I renew?

FSRs can renew their certification online through their online services account. If you already have an account with us you can renew now.

Registering for an online account allows you to view your certification status and all permits that you are currently named on, as the FSR.

If you haven’t registered for an online account, register now.

If you are having difficulties registering you can also refer to our step-by-step visual guide, to help you through the process.

What happens if I don’t renew?

If you do not renew your FSR certification by July 31, 2019:

  • your FSR certification will expire;
  • permits and licences you are named on will no longer be valid; and
  • you won’t be able to be named on new permits.

If I am a contractor or asset owner, what happens if the FSR named on my contractor licence or permits does not renew their FSR certification?

Contractors or asset holders who do not have an FSR with a valid certificate named on their licence or permit may be impacted until their FSR renews their certification or another certified FSR is named. For example, contractors will not be able to continue performing electrical work and will no longer be able to take out installation permits. This means asset owners may no longer be able to continue to legally operate electrical equipment.

Still have questions about your FSR renewal? Check out our complete list of FAQs here. If you are having trouble registering for an online account or submitting your FSR renewal application call us at 1 800 566 7233 or email Contact@technicalsafetybc.ca. If you are ready to renew, click here.

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