Electrical FSR: Exam information
Our FSR exams are held across most of our offices in BC. Due to COVID-19, we have also created an online exam option.
You can find updates about our certification exams here.
Only the following locations are open until further notice:
- Vancouver Island University
- Fort St. John
- Prince George
Book your exam
1. Confirm your eligibility
Make sure you meet the requirements listed under "Exam eligibility" for the certificate class you're interested in.
2. Submit your application form and supporting documents
Submit your application form along with proof (colour photocopies) that you meet the exam eligibility requirements. If you are required to document your electrical work experience, review our documentation requirements.
Note that should you qualify, the following exams must be taken in-office, on a computer provided by Technical Safety BC:
- Class A-R - Power Line Technician - available after Oct 26
- Class C-R - Instrument Mechanic
You may also take a paper version of one of the above exams, if you prefer. We will contact you after we receive your application, so let us know then.
Payment and exam schedule
If you have submitted all necessary documentation and are eligible for the exam, you will receive a call from us to pay for, and book your exam. This can take up to 7-10 business days after we receive the completed application form. Based on availability, exam dates can be scheduled 15 business days from the time of payment. You will receive your exam confirmation letter by email or mail, depending on your indicated preference.
If your application is incomplete or you are ineligible for the exam, you will be contacted and asked to provide any missing requirements.
Find training providers to prepare for your exam.
After your exam
Your exam results will arrive by mail or email depending on your indicated preference. You will receive your certification letter and wallet card upon passing your exam.
FSR certificates of qualification must be renewed every three years. Proof of continuing education is required to renew. Learn more.
For the exam, you are required to bring valid and current government-issued photo identification. Eligible examples include:
- Provincial Driver’s License (issued by a Canadian province or territory)
- Provincial Identification Card (for example, BC Identification Card, Alberta Identification Card, etc.)
- BC Services Card
- Combination Driver's License and BC Services Card
- Canadian Certificate of Indian Status
- Canadian Permanent Residency Card
All the above documents must be original, legible and not torn or altered in any way. Copies or certified copies will not be accepted. Expired identification and identification with no expiry date will not be accepted.
Failure to bring the appropriate identification will prevent you from writing your exam. You will need to reschedule your exam with Technical Safety BC and pay any necessary rescheduling fees.
Time of arrival
Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled start time and check in with a Technical Safety BC official. An invigilator will ensure that you are registered, that rules are followed, and that you have all the materials you need.
Late arrivals will not be given extra time to write the exam.
For paper exams, you will be provided with the following:
- Exam booklet
- T-square or drawing board
- Answer sheet
- Diagram booklet, if required
- Exam question feedback form
For computer exams, you will be provided with:
- Scrap paper
- Online access code
You may not bring any of the following into the exam room:
- Electronic devices that can store of transmit data including but not limited to: cellular phones, laptops or watches, recording devices, wireless communication devices, personal data assistants, cameras, fitness tracking equipment, etc.
- Programmable calculator
- Inserted pages, notations, exam answers, sticky notes and/or crib sheets
- Post-it or sticky notes used as tabs
- Scrap paper
Use of calculators
For all exams written at Technical Safety BC offices:
Only calculators provided by Technical Safety BC are permitted for use during examinations.
Casio calculators are available for use during the exam at all Technical Safety BC offices.
For special sitting exams ONLY:
Examinees are permitted to bring their own non-programmable calculators.
Use of code books
You need to bring your own code book to the exam.
Code books must not have any extra sheets of paper. Acceptable markings in the code book include:
- Clarifications or notes to define or clarify a legal or technical term
- References/tables to mark sections for easy references
- Highlighting or marking important sections
- Page references to locate the relevant appendices and tables/charts
Code books and reference material that do not meet expectations will not be permitted in the examination room for use during the exam. They will be kept aside and returned upon completion of the exam.
Before arriving for your scheduled and confirmed examination, review our exam candidate rules. You will be required to follow these rules and to sign a form that indicates you have read and understood these rules before starting your examination.
Getting your exam results
When you complete your examination, the invigilator will re-package your exam and all accompanying paperwork with your answer sheet and any other supporting paperwork and materials.
Exam results will be mailed or mailed or emailed out within six to eight weeks and will not be given over the telephone or over the counter.
Exam application policies
- Incomplete application(s) will be returned to the applicant.
- An approved current code course is one that is successfully completed within 3 years of the exam application. Code course completion certificates more than 3 years beyond the completion date of the code course are not valid.
- Technical Safety BC will not be able to accommodate clients wishing to reschedule exams within 5 business days of the scheduled exam date.
- There is no charge for the 1st reschedule of an examination date if we are notified at least 5 business days from the examination date.
- 2nd and subsequent re-schedule requests will be charged a rescheduling fee (plus tax).
- Clients that do not show up for an exam sitting will be recorded as a “no show.” Subsequent requests will be charged a fee equal to the exam fee minus the evaluation portion of the fee (plus tax).
- Rescheduled exams must be written within 60 days following the original scheduled exam date. Clients unable to write within this time will have to re-apply.
- If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their 1st attempt, the candidate may not take the examination again until 30 days after the previous examination.
- If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their 2nd attempt, the candidate must wait a minimum of 6 months, or maximum of 3 years after completing the original code course; OR wait a minimum of 3 months if an approved code course is successfully completed within that 3 month waiting period.
- If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their 3rd and subsequent attempts, the candidate must wait 6 months after their previous attempt to re-write.
- When an exam is rebooked, the fee for a rewrite is determined by the latest fee schedule.
- A government-issued Picture ID is required to be presented at the time of writing an examination.