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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.


The power engineer third class certificate of qualification entitles the holder to be:

  • chief engineer of a third or lower class plant; or
  • shift engineer of a second or lower class; or
  • a person-in-charge of any type or size of refrigeration 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 you meet all the prerequisites.

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


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.



  • second class or higher marine (motor) certificate of competency(qualifying time not required); or
  • fourth class power engineer certificate or qualification; or
  • fourth class power engineer standardized certificate of competency.


  • 12 months as a power engineer in a position requiring a fourth class power engineer’s certificate of qualification in a power plant that is a fourth class or higher; or
  • 24 months as a chief engineer, shift engineer or assistant shift engineer of a fourth class heating plant; or
  • 36 months as a chief engineer of a fourth class plant other than a power plant or heating plant.

    Qualifying time credits:
    If an applicant has successfully completed an approved third class power engineering course, then the required periods of employment are reduced by six months. Refer here for a list of approved courses and course providers.
    - If an applicant holds a mechanical engineering degree (Canadian or equivalent), the required periods of employment for the positions and types of plants are reduced by six months.

  • Two year full-time third class power engineering diploma course and at least six months in a power plant that has a boiler capacity of not less than 100 m2.
    Qualifying time credits:
    A one time, three-month credit towards the qualifying time requirement will be granted to candidates who have received boiler plant computer simulation training at an educational facility approved by the provincial safety manager.

Refer to safety regulation for more information.



Candidates need to pass the following four (multiple choice) exams, of 3.5-hours each, with a score of 65%. All details on the subject areas of study and general exam information can be viewed in the syllabus of Third Class Power Engineer.

  • Part A Paper 3A1
  • Part A Paper 3A2
  • Part B Paper 3B1
  • Part B Paper 3B2

Reference documents

Exam rules

Approved list of courses and course providers

Exam Locations
By special arrangement, contact Prince George office
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