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Exam Information

Power Engineer Certification

Overview

Our power engineer exams are held in-person, across most of our offices in BC. For more details on certification exams at Technical Safety BC, see Certification - Exam Information.

If you prefer to take an in-person exam, please apply for an exam with a requested exam month. Once your application is processed, the exam booking team will provide the available exam dates.

To find out when and where you can write an exam before applying, please send us an email via the Contact Us form. In-person exams are available in the following locations:

  • Cranbrook
  • Nanaimo
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Vancouver
  • Langley
  • Kelowna
  • Fort St. John
  • Prince George
  • Victoria
  • Kamloops

To take a certification exam, you must first fill out and submit an exam application form along with proof that you meet the minimum requirement for the Power Engineer class you are applying for. An example of proof would be documentation of a relevant completed course or certificate.

Once your exam application has been processed, you will receive a call from us to pay for and book your exam. Applications and fees must be received and approved before the registration cut-off date listed in the above exam schedules in order to reserve a seat. This is subject to availability of seats. 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.

View exam fees.

See our in-person and online exam guidelines.

Note that for your power engineer exam, you will also be allowed to bring the following into the exam room:

  • An academic supplement containing Handbook of Formulae and Physical Constants, Steam Tables and Refrigeration Tables
  • Extract of CSA standards containing subset of materials from:
    • B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code
    • B52 Mechanical Refrigeration Code;
  • ASME Extract containing a subset of materials from sections I, II, IV and VIII of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code ASME Extract Supplement containing subset of materials from sections VIII-UW, IX, B31.1 and B31.3 of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code
  • Safety Standards Act
  • Safety Standards General Regulation
  • Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation

The following will be provided to you by Technical Safety BC for use during your exam

  • An online link to a non-technical English language dictionary
  • Non-programmable calculator
    • Examinees are not permitted to bring their own calculators to an in-person exam. Calculators will be provided for you in the exam room
  • Drawing instruments and drawing templates
  1. Incomplete application(s) will be returned to the applicant.
  2. Technical Safety BC will not be able to accommodate clients wishing to reschedule exams within 5 business days of the scheduled exam date.
  3. There is no charge for the first reschedule of an examination date if we are notified at least 5 business days from the examination date.
  4. Second and subsequent re-schedule requests will be charged a rescheduling fee (plus tax).
  5. Clients that fail to provide sufficient notice or do not attend the exam will be recorded as “no show” and the exam fee will be forfeited.
  6. 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.
  7. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination, they will receive a notification letter from Technical Safety BC that details the marks achieved and highlights areas that are in need of improvement. An exam re-write fee applies to each additional attempt.
  8. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their initial attempt, the candidate may not take the examination again until 30 days after the previous examination.
  9. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their second attempt, the candidate may not take the examination again until 60 days after the previous examination.
  10. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their third or subsequent attempts, the individual may not take the examination for that particular paper again for a period of six months.
  11. A client may request a special examination sitting for six or more candidates. The request should go to the client care leader and the chief examiner for approval, depending on the availability of an examination invigilator. Applications and fees must be received and processed three to four weeks before the date of the special sitting.
  12. A government-issued picture ID is required to be presented at the time of writing an examination.

Your exam results will arrive by mail or email depending on your indicated preference. You will still need to pass an evaluation if you have not already. You will receive your certification letter and wallet card upon passing both the exam and evaluation portions of the certification process.

Power Engineer certificates must be renewed every 3 years. See - Power Engineer Certification Renewal more for information on how to renew.

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