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Background

International qualification, experience, and credentials gained in the field of boiler operation outside of Canada can be recognized towards a power engineering certificate of qualification.

There are two streams available for recognition:

  1. Applicants holding acceptable Boiler Operator Credentials (credential that authorizes you to operate boilers) and having more than 18 months of experience operating a third class boiler plant or equivalent in a position requiring the credential. These applications are assessed at third class or higher power engineer's certificate of qualification level, within the provision of BC Reg.105/ 2004 s.2.10  
  2. Applicants not holding acceptable Boiler Operator Credentials (credential that authorizes you to operate boilers) but having at least six months of international experience related to operation, design, construction, repair or maintenance of boiler equipment. These applications are assessed, either fourth or fifth class power engineer's certificate of qualification level, within the provision of BC Reg.104/ 2004 s.19(1)(b)(iii)  or BC Reg.104/ 2004 s.23(b)(ii)(B)  respectively.

Candidates with Canadian qualifications and/or work experience from outside BC, can refer here for further details.

 

Stream 1: For applicants holding acceptable Boiler Operator credentials

Assessment for international qualifications is only available for the following certificates of qualification: Power Engineer First Class, Second Class and Third Class.

Applicants are required to:

  1. Pass an assessment process (details below); and
  2. Pass the applicable certification exams
Checklist

First Class Power Engineer 

  1. Hold a credential that authorizes you to operate boilers in your local jurisdiction. 
  2. Possess a credential that is current and valid in the jurisdiction where it was issued.
  3. Local jurisdiction legal authority (e.g., city, state, country) where you have worked requires recognized credentials to operate boilers.
  4. Educational qualifications equivalent to First Class Power Engineer curriculum.
  5. More than six years’ experience operating a first class boiler plant or equivalent in a position requiring the credential.

Second Class Power Engineer 

  1. Hold a credential that authorizes you to operate boilers in your local jurisdiction. 
  2. Possess a credential that is current and valid in the jurisdiction where it was issued.
  3. Local jurisdiction legal authority (e.g., city, state, country) where you have worked requires recognized credentials to operate boilers
  4. .Educational qualifications equivalent to Second Class Power Engineer curriculum.
  5. More than 3.5 years’ experience operating a second class boiler plant or equivalent in a position requiring the credential.

Third Class Power Engineer

  1. Hold a credential that authorizes you to operate boilers in your local jurisdiction. 
  2. Possess a credential that is current and valid in the jurisdiction where it was issued.
  3. Local jurisdiction legal authority (e.g., city, state, country) where you have worked requires recognized credentials to operate boilers.
  4. Educational qualifications equivalent to Third Class Power Engineer curriculum.
  5. More than 1.5 years’ experience operating a third class boiler plant or equivalent in a position requiring the credential.

Assessment process for internationally qualified power engineer

After reviewing the above checklist for your class to determine you are eligible, you will need to.

  1. Submit completed Recognition of International Credentials in Power Engineering Application Form 1584 via online services. Applicants outside North America can download a PDF version of the form here.
  2. Provide documentation on boiler plant and experience. All supporting documents must be in English or translated by an approved translation service.
  3. If you have educational qualifications, submit proof using the services of approved credentialing agencies. All supporting documents must be in English or translated by an approved translation service.
  4. After submitting your application and Technical Safety BC has determined you are eligible for assessment, we will call you to make arrangements for payment. Note: This fee is non-refundable.

What happens after you apply?

  • Your application will be reviewed for completeness and you may be contacted if additional information is required.
  • Assessors with expertise in power engineering will assess your competency using a standardized criteria framework. Assessor recommendations will be subject to final approval by the Provincial Safety Manager. You will be informed of the results by mail or email.
  • If your application is successful, you will be informed of the procedure to schedule the exam.
  • To obtain your certificate of qualification, you will  need to write the applicable exams, in person, within one year of the date of the evaluation decision.
  • On successfully completing all the applicable certification exams, you will be issued the certificate of qualification.

View Frequently Asked Questions on Internationally Trained Worker qualifications. For more information contact Technical Safety BC.

 

Stream 2. For applicants not holding acceptable Boiler Operator Credentials but having international experience related to boiler equipment

Applicants not holding an acceptable Boiler Operator Credentials (credential that authorizes you to operate boilers) but having international experience related to operation, design, construction, repair or maintenance of boiler equipment can apply either for fifth class or fourth class power engineer’s certificate of qualification.

For the fourth class power engineer’s certificate of qualification the applicants must have at least 18 months of experience related to operation, design, construction, repair or maintenance of boiler equipment to which BC Reg.104/ 2004 applies, or would apply, if the equipment was located in British Columbia. They must also have successfully completed an approved fourth class power engineering course or be holder of mechanical engineering degree which is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board or be holder of third class or higher marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency .

For the fifth class power engineer’s certificate of qualification the applicants must have at least six months related to operation, design, construction, repair or maintenance of boiler equipment to which BC Reg.104/ 2004 applies, or would apply, if the equipment was located in British Columbia. They must also have successfully completed an approved fifth class power engineering course or be holder of mechanical engineering degree or diploma which is accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board or be holder of marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency.

Assessment process

Applicants must submit a completed evaluation application, with the applicable fees.  Applicants MUST provide the following documentation:

  • Full resume of work experience on boiler and pressure equipment
  • Letter from the company worked for, confirming applicant’s employment and position worked and company web site information for evaluation of company.
  • Approved fifth or fourth (as applicable) class course completion certificate or,
  • Approved mechanical engineering degree or diploma. International degree or diploma must be assessed by approved credentialing agencies or,
  • Marine engineer (motor) certificate of competency

For full certification process including booking exams refer to the Power Engineer Fourth Class or Power Engineer Fifth Class

Resources

Changes to the BC’s Safety Standards General Regulation (SSGR) permit the recognition of internationally-trained worker qualifications in the field of power engineering. Internationally trained workers are the equivalent power engineering credential holders in the foreign jurisdiction.

Who are power engineers?

A power engineer is a technically skilled and knowledgeable professional who is certified and responsible to safely and efficiently operate equipment and processes that are regulated by boiler and pressure vessel legislation. Power engineers work in a wide variety of industrial and commercial facilities, which may include operations with several large boilers, steam and gas turbines, pressure vessels, and the whole range of related equipment.

Note: Power engineering is also referred to as a field of electrical engineering, but the power engineering referred to in this document and the regulation is the field of boiler and pressure equipment operation. View an explanation on power engineering by the Institute of Power Engineers.

Scope

A power engineer certificate of qualification entitles the holder to be:

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

Acceptable Boiler Operator Credentials

International government issued boiler related qualifications or certificates that are equivalent to BC power engineering credentials will be accepted by Technical Safety BC. The regulation requires that the credential is current and valid, and must be required by the jurisdiction to operate the equivalent boiler plant.

Examples of credentials or certifications:

  • stationary engineer
  • steam engineer
  • boiler operator
  • operating engineer
  • power plant operator
  • steam plant operator

Note: If your credential is not required to operate boilers by the jurisdiction with legal authority (e.g. city, state, country), it will not be  accepted.

Credential Evaluation

All educational documents need to be assessed by one of the following institutions:

All supporting document will ONLY be accepted in English. 

Approved translation service providers

Boiler plant experience documentation

Provide the following information about boiler plant and experience:

  • Boiler plant name
  • Address
  • Type
  • Capacity (m2)
  • Position held
  • Qualifying time (months)
  • Start date
  • Supervisor name & contact information
  • Letter(s) of employments stating:
    • job responsibilities and type of boiler equipment operated, including the duties and responsibilities performed for a minimum period covering the last seven years of employment.
    • duties and responsibilities of all the positions worked
    • company web site information for evaluation of the experience
    • supervisor name and contact information
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