Boilers, Pressure Vessels, and Refrigeration Contractor Licenses

Important

A new class of contractor license entitled “Class PW” has been introduced to the regulation. This license will enable a contractor to perform activities for a specific scope that is limited to the welding of pressure equipment. Read details here.

The amendment to the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation is effective August 31, 2018.

All contractors working with boiler and pressure vessel technology must be licensed by Technical Safety BC. A licensed contractor is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Safety Standards Act, all relevant regulations, and all applicable safety orders and directives.

Applying for your contractor licence

  1. Prepare all the information in the Application for Boiler Technology Contractor Licence Form 811.
  2. Call us at 1 866 566 7233 or submit the completed form to any Technical Safety BC office.
  3. Pay the relevant fee according to the Boiler Fee Schedule.
  2018 2019 2020
New boiler contractor licence $417 $425 $434
New boiler contractor licence with quality control program $939 $958 $977
Boiler contractor licence renewal (if renewed later than 1 year after expiry, new boiler contractor fee is charged) $173 $176 $180
Audit or re-audit / Interview to obtain or maintain contractor licence (part of licensing process) Safety services rate Safety services rate Safety services rate
Testing agency certificate of recognition (charged at an hourly rate, minimum 5 hours) safety services rate safety services rate safety services rate
Testing agency certificate of recognition renewal 1 hour safety services rate 1 hour safety services rate 1 hour safety services rate

Renewing your licence

Licences need to be renewed annually.

If you’ve received your renewal notice and would like to apply for an updated contractor licence, please call 1 866 566 7233 to pay by credit card or bring your completed renewal form and payment to any Technical Safety BC office.

Understanding contractor licences

The conditions of your licence may allow you to perform maintenance, installations, testing, alterations or disposals. You need to have a licence for each type of boiler or pressure vessel technology that you intend to work with.

The established classes of contractor licence are, A, Au, Ap, B, REF, SRV, MA (PV), & MA(PF):

Licence Class Scope of Work:
A

Authorized to install, alter, repair or maintain boilers, pressure vessels, and to construct, repair, install, maintain or alter pressure piping systems limited to the scope in the registered quality control manual. The scope of this licence also covers "Au", "Ap", & "B" class licence work. It does not cover refrigeration plants (except for pressure vessels and pressure piping systems attached to the refrigeration plant).

Resources:
Contractor License Guide for Audits: "A", "Au" & "Ap"
"A", "Au" & "Ap" Contractor Licensing Guide for QC Manual

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence

AU Authorized to install, alter, repair or maintain pressure vessels, and to construct install, repair, maintain or alter pressure piping systems limited to the scope in the registered quality control manual. The scope of this licence also covers "Ap" class licence work. It does not cover refrigeration plans (except for pressure vessels and pressure piping attached to the refrigeration plant).

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence
AP Authorized to construct, install, repair, maintain, or alter pressure piping systems, including refrigeration plant piping systems as limited by the scope in the registered quality control manual.

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence
B

Authorized to install, maintain or repair a low pressure low temperature fluid heating plant with 150 m² or less of heating surface, a fluid heating plant with 75 m² or less of heating surface, a low pressure steam plant with 30 m² or less of heating surface, a high pressure steam plant with 10 m² or less of heating surface, and hot water heaters.

Resources:
B Contractor Licensing Guide for Applicants
B Contractor Licensing Guide for Assessment Teams and Applicants

Note: A QC manual is currently not required for submission for the licence

REF

Authorized to install, alter, maintain or repair a refrigeration plant or system of 5 kW or more rating as listed on the prime mover nameplate, or package unit nameplate.

Resources:
Refrigeration Contractor Licensing Guide for Applicants
Refrigeration Contractor Licensing Guide for Assessment Teams and Applicants

Note: A QC manual is currently not required for submission for the licence

SRV Authorized to service, repair, set and test safety valves and safety relief valves as limited by the scope in the registered quality control manual.

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence
MA:
Screen level MA(PV);
certificate MA
Authorized for shop fabrication of pressure vessels as per CSA-B51, and the shop fabrication of ASME pressure piping as per B 31.9, B 31.5, B 31.1. Limited to the scope in the registered quality control manual.

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence
MA:
Screen level MA (PF);
certificate MA
Authorized for shop fabrication of pressure fittings as per CSA-B51, and the shop fabrication of ASME pressure piping as per B 31.9, B 31.5, B 31.3, B 31.1. Limited to the scope in the registration quality control manual.

Note: A QC manual is required for submission for the licence

Class A, Au, Ap, MA and SRV licences

All Class A, Au, Ap, MA and SRV licence holders can only work within the current scope of their quality control program and documentation.
 

Looking up contractors who are licensed in BC

To check if a contractor is licensed with Technical Safety BC, go to our Find a Contractor page and enter their name or company name. If you do not see them listed, they may be operating under a different name or a numbered company. Call us at 1 866 566 7233 if you need assistance, or if you are licensed but not presently listed. 

 

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