FAQ: BC to accept applications for the recognition of internationally trained worker qualifications in the field of power engineering

Recent changes to the Safety Standards General Regulation (SSGR)  will permit the recognition of internationally-trained worker qualifications in the field of power engineering.

Here are answers to some of the questions you may have about the recognition of internationally trained worker qualifications in power engineering:

Why is BC recognizing international credentials for power engineers?
When will BC start recognizing international credentials?
What fees are required for applications for evaluation of internationally trained worker credentials?
How do we maintain the standards for power engineers?
Who will be conducting the assessments?
Will applicants have to write examinations?
Will applicants need to have their documents translated if they are not in English?
Will Canadian trained individuals with related training and experience be able to apply for assessment through this process?
Will applicants have to be a resident of Canada?
 

Why is BC recognizing international credentials for power engineers?

The Province has forecasted a shortage of power engineers. This will impact industries that rely on power engineers for the safe operation of equipment. This amendment will address that concern with changes that enable the recognition of training credentials from overseas of individuals who are already able to live and work in Canada.

When will BC start recognizing international credentials?

Applications for evaluation of internationally trained worker credentials may be submitted starting December 15, 2017. Technical Safety BC is working on developing related processes, as well as fee schedules (subject to consultation), to make the changes operational. We will issue more information to guide applicants as soon as it is available.

What fees are required for applications for evaluation of internationally trained worker credentials?

Read about fees for internationally trained workers applying to be power engineers.

How do we maintain the standards for power engineers?

Applicants will need to prove that their qualifications meet or exceed those of workers who trained in British Columbia. Industry experts, representing power engineers of all levels and industries, provided input and approval on a qualification recognition process that will require from applicants the following:

  • Provide detailed English documentation of their credentials, training and work experience
  • Take any exams or assessments required by Technical Safety BC
  • Have their certificates of qualification subject to terms and conditions as needed

Who will be conducting the assessments?

Competency assessments will be conducted by assessors with expertise in power engineering using a standardized criteria framework. Assessor recommendations will be subject to final approval by the provincial safety manager.

Will applicants have to write examinations?

Applicants will be required to complete provincial examinations at a class appropriate to their qualifications and experience.

Will applicants need to have their documents translated if they are not in English?

All required documents must be submitted in English. If the documents require translation, they will need to be translated by a professional translator.

Will Canadian-trained individuals with related training and experience be able to apply for assessment through this process?

Any person with appropriate qualifying experience and training may apply for assessment through this process.

Do applicants have to be a resident of Canada?

The recognition of international training credentials is meant for individuals who are already able to live and work in Canada. Recognition of qualifications is distinct from the immigration process.

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