An important and beneficial part of every modern building is an elevator or an escalator. It’s a blessing in disguise for everyone from shoppers in a mall, to high-rise residents, and construction site workers. Often, it can be the only means of access for the physically challenged.
To ensure a safe ride for everyone, it’s the responsibility of an Elevating Devices Mechanic to install, repair, and maintain, all devices as per the relevant codes and standards in effect in BC.
The Elevating Devices Mechanic certification program is regulated by Technical Safety BC. The certification establishes a standard of qualification, experience, and conduct, for certified elevating devices mechanics. For more details, see Information Bulletin issued on the subject.
There are four classes of Elevating Devices Mechanic Certification in BC, details of which are provided in the links below.
There are three application pathways open to get certified as an Elevating Devices Mechanics, except for Class MR.
The Technical Safety BC certification program requires:
- Mechanics-in-training to successfully complete relevant training programs.
- Mechanics to complete at least 24 hours of continuing education. This Information Bulletin can provide you with for more information.
- Mechanics and MITs to maintain an up-to-date Skills Passport that provides evidence of a mechanic's competence to perform work on elevating devices regulated by Technical Safety BC.
- Mechanics and MITs renew their certification upon expiry.
To perform work on all types of elevating devices, supervised by Technical Safety BC, it is a regulatory requirement to be:
- registered as a certified elevating devices mechanic or an elevating devices mechanic-in-training (MIT); and
- be employed by a BC-licensed elevating devices contractor.
To get certified as elevating devices mechanic (except Class MR), the applicant must:
- be registered as mechanic-in-training (MIT); or
- hold elevating devices mechanic qualifications.
Candidates with qualification from outside BC can see details of equivalency here.
Candidates with qualification from another country can see more information here.
An applicant for MIT certificate of qualification must submit the following:
- The applicable MIT application form.
- Proof that the applicant has, within one year before the date of application, completed a training course, acceptable to a provincial safety manager that includes at least 24 hours of instructional time in occupational health and safety.
- The above training is provided by the employer, who will provide a certificate of completion as proof.
- Safety topics for training include:
- Controlling workplace hazards
- Complying with OHS (Occupational Health and Safety) regulations and WorkSafeBC standards
- Using WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
- Using PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Applying fire protection practices
- Using hand, power, and alignment tools
- Proof that the applicant is employed by a licensed elevating device contractor who is authorized to do the type of regulated work that corresponds with the class of certificate of qualification for which the applicant is applying for.
- The applicable fee.
- A mechanic-in-training (MIT) must enroll in an approved Elevating Mechanic Apprenticeship Program within one year of registering with Technical Safety BC as a MIT.
- A MIT can apply for certification upon completing the educational training and has acquired necessary hours of hands on work experience.