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.
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.
To Book an Exam
- Submit completed application along with clear copies of prerequisites. .
- Check information on exam schedules.
- Pay fees on receiving call from Technical Safety BC.
- 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.
- 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.
To Book an Evaluation
- 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.
- Pay fees on receiving a call from Technical Safety BC.
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, need to be renewed in order to remain valid.
- 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.
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
Reference material for most power engineering exams is provided by Technical Safety BC. Applicants are not allowed to bring any external reference material.
- Safety Standards Act
- Safety Standards General Regulation
- Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation
- Safety orders
- Information bulletins
Approved list of courses and course providers