Power Engineer: Fourth Class
Notice: deadline to take Fourth Class Power Engineer exams under old syllabus
The Fourth Class Power Engineer syllabus was revised in 2017. If you completed a Fourth Class Power Engineering course under the previous syllabus, the deadline to apply for your exams is April 30 2021. You must then complete your exams by October 30 2021 in order to qualify for your Fourth Class Power Engineer certificate. If you do not pass your exams, you will need to take a new course and write both exams under the new syllabus.
The fourth class power engineer certificate of qualification allows you to be:
- Chief engineer of a plant with a corresponding or lower class
- Shift engineer of a plant up to one class higher than the class of this certificate
- A person in charge of any type or size of refrigeration plant
To obtain this certificate, you'll need to meet certain eligibility requirements. You will also need to pass an evaluation and two certification exams.
To apply for your Fourth Class Power Engineer certificate, you must have one of the following:
- Proof of completing an approved fourth class power engineering course
- Proof of completing a one-year, full-time fourth class power engineering course (no qualifying time required)
- A mechanical engineering degree accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board
- Third Class or higher Marine Engineer (motor) certificate of competency
To apply for evaluation, you must complete one of the following:
- Six months as a power engineer in a fifth class plant in a position requiring a fifth class power engineer's certificate
- Six months as a power engineer trainee in at least one of the following:
- A power plant that exceeds 10 sq. m of boiler capacity
- A steam heating plant that exceeds 30 sq. m. of boiler capacity
- A fluid heating plant or low-pressure thermal fluid plant that exceeds 150 sq. m. of boiler capacity
- A low-temperature low-pressure fluid plant that exceeds 300 sq. m. of boiler capacity
- 18 months experience, acceptable to a provincial safety manager, in the operation, design, construction, repair, or maintenance of equipment that falls under Power Engineer, Boiler, Pressure Vessel, and Refrigeration regulation
- An approved fourth class power engineering course, or provide proof of having an equivalent technical educational background that is approved by a provincial safety manager
Apply for evaluation
You can apply for an evaluation by following these steps:
- Submit a completed application form, along with clear copies of prerequisites and proof of any qualifying time credit signed by your chief engineer/company official. You can submit your evaluation application by email.
- Pay a fee.
You must meet the general eligibility requirements for this class.
Visit our exam page to find out how to apply for your exams.
About these exams
You must pass the following two exams. Each exam is 3.5 hours long, and you must achieve a minimum grade of 65% on each exam to pass. Exam details, including areas of study, can be viewed in the Fourth Class Power Engineer syllabus.
- 4A1 - Part A
- 4B1 - Part B