Class A field safety representative

The class A field safety representative (FSR) certificate of qualification allows you to submit declarations on behalf of your employer for any type of regulated electrical work. There are no voltage or ampere limitations.

To obtain this certificate, you'll need to meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a certification exam.
 

Exam eligibility

For electricians
 

  • You must hold one of the following:
    • Canadian Interprovincial Qualification (Red Seal) in the Trade of Electrician
    • BC Trade Qualification in Electrical Work (construction or industrial)
    • BC Exemption Permit in the Trade of Electrician (EWX)
  • A minimum of two years (3,600 hours) relevant electrical work experience under the Canadian Electrical Code, after receiving a Certificate of Qualification in the trade of Electrician.
  • Proof of completion of a recognized electrical course in the application of electrical codes and standards, from a recognized training provider or instructor and completed within three years of application date.
  • A minimum of three documented high voltage installations since obtaining the trade certificate.
  • Where experience cannot be verified by a current class A FSR, a sworn affidavit or statutory declaration outlining relevant work experience is required. You must provide documents with original signatures.


For electrical professional engineers (P.Eng)
 

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering.
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-18 Part 1.
  • Valid registration as a professional engineer, and good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (formerly APEG BC – Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia).
     

For electrical applied science technologist (AScT)
 

  • An Electrical Engineering Technology (power option) qualification.
  • Acceptable proof of relevant work experience utilizing the Canadian Electrical Code – C22.1-18 Part 1.
  • Valid registration as an Applied Science Technologist and good standing with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC).


Study materials

  • Current Canadian Electrical Code Part 1, as adopted by the Electrical Safety Regulation (all sections)
  • Current version of CAN/CSA-C22.3 No. 1-15, Overhead Systems
  • Current version of the CSA errata

You should also review these reference materials.
 

About this exam 

The class A FSR exam takes 3.5 hours. It is open book and is made up of 60 multiple choice questions, with a 35% focus on Act, Regulations, and Directive, and a 65% focus on Code. You must achieve a minimum grade of 70% to pass.

For more information on our FSR exams, including how to book one, visit the Exams page.
 

Restricted class A certificate

We also offer a restricted class A FSR certificate for powerline technicians. See class A-R - Power Line Technician for more information.

 

The installation of handrail sanitizing equipment is considered a minor alteration as referenced in the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation and the ASME A17.1/ CSA B44 code.

As required by the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation, an installation permit and technical information package shall be submitted to Technical Safety BC prior to the installation of the handrail sanitizing equipment. For more guidance installing handrail sanitization products on their escalator and/or moving walk, please review the Use of escalator or moving walk handrail sanitizing products information bulletin.