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Effective March 1, 2020, the 2B3 power engineering examination paper will only be administered in the multiple-choice format. This is the beginning of an initiative to move towards multiple choice examinations at the 2nd class level.

With proven success at the 3rd and 4th class level, converting the 2nd class examinations to a multiple choice format will continue to provide a comprehensive level of testing of the subject material and ensure that candidates are tested on all areas of the syllabus.

The syllabus, pass mark and time allowed for completion of the 2B3 examination will not change. The amount of questions on the examination has been set at 100. There will be no difference between passing the 2B3 examination in essay format or multiple-choice format for credit towards 2nd class certification.



This certificate of qualification entitles the holder to be:

  • chief engineer of a plant with a corresponding or lower class;
  • shift engineer of a plant up to one class higher than the class of the certificate; or
  • a person-in-charge of any type or size of refrigeration plant.

Certification Process

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

To 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 scheduled date, please contact Technical Safety BC at 1 866 566 7233

Exam schedules


To 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.

Note: Certificate is only issued upon successful completion of certification exams as well as evaluation.

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.



  • first class marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency; or
  • third class power engineer’s certificate of qualification; or
  • third class power engineer’s standardized certificate of competency.


The applicant should have been employed, while in possession of a third class power engineer's certificate of qualification, for a period of not less than:

  • 24 months as chief engineer of a third class plant; or
  • 24 months as a shift engineer or as an assistant chief engineer of a second class plant; or
  • 24 months as an assistant shift engineer or an assistant engineer, performing duties approved by a provincial safety manager, at a first class plant.

Qualifying Time Credits:

  • If the applicant has successfully completed an approved second class power engineering course, the required periods of employment can be reduced by nine months. Refer here for a list of approved courses and course providers.
  • If an applicant holds an acceptable engineering degree, the required periods of employment for the positions and types of plants can be reduced by 12 months.

Refer to safety regulation for more information.



Candidates need to pass the following six exams (essay type), of 3.5-hours each, with 65% marks. All details on the subject areas of study and general exam information can be viewed in the syllabus of Second Class Power Engineer.

  • Part A Paper 2A1
  • Part A Paper 2A2
  • Part A Paper 2A3
  • Part B Paper 2B1
  • Part B Paper 2B2
  • Part B Paper 2B3
Exam Locations
By special arrangement, contact Prince George office
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