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Power Engineer: Third Class

Third Class

The Third 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 four certification exams.

General eligibility

To apply for your Third Class Power Engineer certificate, you must have one of the following:

  • Fourth Class Power Engineer certificate
  • Corresponding Canadian credential
  • Second Class or higher Marine Engineer (motor) certificate of competency

Evaluation eligibility

To apply for evaluation, you must be employed while in possession of a Fourth Class Power Engineer certificate, a corresponding Canadian credential, or a Second Class Marine Engineer (motor) certificate of competency, for one of the following:

  • 12 months as a Fourth Class Power Engineer in a fourth class or higher power plant
  • 24 months as a chief engineer, shift engineer, or assistant shift engineer of a fourth class heating plant
  • 36 months as a chief engineer of a fourth class plant, other than a power plant or heating plant
  • Two year full-time third class power engineering diploma course and at least six months in a power plant that has a boiler capacity of at least 100 m2

Qualifying time credits for work at a plant:

  • If you have successfully completed an approved third class power engineering course, then the required periods of employment are reduced by six months.  Refer to this list of approved courses and course providers
  • If you hold a mechanical engineering degree (Canadian or equivalent), the required periods of employment are reduced by six months

Qualifying time credits for education:

  • A one-time, three-month credit towards the qualifying time requirement will be granted to you, if you have received boiler plant computer simulation training at an educational facility approved by a provincial safety manager.

Apply for evaluation

You can apply for an evaluation by following these steps:

  1. Submit a completed application formalong 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.
  2. Pay a fee.

Exam eligibility

To apply for your certification exams, 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 four 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 third class power engineer syllabus.

  • Part A Paper 3A1
  • Part A Paper 3A2
  • Part B Paper 3B1
  • Part B Paper 3B2