Electrical FSR Renewal requirements and details
Effective February 7, 2018, Electrical Field Safety Representative (FSR) certificate holders are required to renew their certificate on a three-year term.
How to renew your certificate
To make renewals simple and accessible, you will be able to complete and submit the certificate renewal form online through your Technical Safety BC account.
If you don’t currently have an online services account you can register by going to: https://portal.technicalsafetybc.ca/login. See a visual guide that provides detailed steps to guide you through the process. Our client services team will also be happy to support you with online services registration and online certificate renewal.
The cost for renewing a certificate of qualification is $100 per three-year term, based on the principle of cost recovery. The consultation on the proposed fee closed on September 13, 2017.
Upon renewal, you will receive a durable, security-enhanced wallet card and a digital wall certificate. Your certificate will expire on your date of birth every three years.
Knowledge update requirements
Beginning in your second renewal cycle on your birthdate in 2021, you will be required to provide documentation that you have updated your knowledge through:
- Successfully completing the Technical Safety BC online assessment; or
- Completing up to eight hours of training, over the previous three years, on the latest codes and regulations through Technical Safety BC or a Technical Safety BC-approved training provider. Read more about knowledge update requirements.
Consequences for not renewing your certificate
Electrical FSR certificates of qualification that have not been renewed before 12:01 am on August 1, 2019 will be considered invalid. Invalid certificate holders will not be able to be named on licences and permits, assess compliance with codes and regulations, or submit declarations of compliance.
Contractors or asset owners who do not have an FSR with a valid certificate named on their licence or permit may be impacted until their FSR renews their certification or another certified FSR is named. For example, contractors will not be able to continue performing electrical work and will no longer be able to take out installation permits, while asset owners may no longer be able to continue to legally operate electrical equipment.
- February 7, 2018: Applications for certificate renewal will start to be accepted.
- July 31, 2019: End of transition period. Certificates not renewed by this date will be considered invalid.
- January 1, 2021: Knowledge update requirements must be met in order to renew FSR certificate.