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Important Notice

Starting February 1, 2019, exam reference material WILL NOT BE provided by Technical Safety BC for power engineering, operator or safety awareness certificate exams. Applicants will be allowed to bring in approved reference material for use in the examination room. Refer Use of Code Books For Exams.


This certificate of qualification entitles the holder to be:

  • a chief engineer of a fifth class plant; or
  • a shift engineer of a fourth class plant.

Certification process

To get certified, candidates have to successfully pass required exams and evaluation. Application for evaluation can be made at any stage of certification, provided all the prerequisites have been met.

Book an exam

  1. Submit completed application along with clear copies of prerequisites. .
  2. Check information on exam schedules in the section below.
  3. Pay fees on receiving call from Technical Safety BC.
  4. Examination dates are allocated when applications and fees are received and approved. It is subject to availability of seats before registration cut-off date. Read the exam scheduling policy here.
  5. Receive exam confirmation letter by mail or email. If you have not received your confirmation letter a week prior to your tentative schedules date please contact Technical Safety BC at 1 866 566 7233.

Exam schedules


Book an evaluation

  1. Submit your completed application along with clear copies of prerequisites and proof for any qualifying time credit signed by the chief engineer / company official; this can be done online or to any Technical Safety BC office.
  2. Pay fees on receiving a call from Technical Safety BC.

Certificate renewal

Certificates of Qualification must be renewed every three years. To renew your certificate, please login to your online account as a certificate holder.

All certificates issued without an expiry date under the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Safety Regulation, including power engineer certificates, are invalid. If you hold an invalid certificate, you are not legally permitted to work or practice. Learn how to reinstate your certification.

Order a printed wall certificate

Get your wall certificate professionally printed at a cost of $68 which includes mailing. To get your certificate professionally printed please submit the completed form to Once the form is processed, we will contact you to pay for the printed wall certificate. Please bear in mind that this certificate is only valid when accompanied with your wallet card. Your wallet card is proof of your certificate of qualification.



  • marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency(qualifying time not required); or
  • fifth class power engineering course; or
  • proof of having an equivalent technical educational background approved by a provincial safety manager.


  • marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency (qualifying time not required); or
  • four months as a power engineer trainee in a plant that is a fifth class or higher; or
  • experience, acceptable to a provincial safety manager, for a period of not less than six months in the design, construction, repair, operation or maintenance of equipment to which this regulation applies.

Refer to safety regulation for more information.



Pass the 3.5-hours (multiple choice) exam with 65% marks. All details on the subject areas of study and general exam information can be viewed in the syllabus of Fifth Class Power Engineer.

  • 5A1 - Multiple choice exam
Exam Locations
By special arrangement, contact Prince George office
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