Licenses & Certificates

Personnel Hoist and/or Construction use Elevator Operator Certificates

There are a number of steps to getting your elevating qualification.

Apply for your Elevating Certificate of Qualification using the Application for Elevating Devices Operating Certificate Form 312.

You will take your exam after being approved to write based on requirements, then we’ll send a confirmation letter with the terms and conditions for your certificate.


If you plan to operate a construction elevator or a personnel hoist for the purpose of raising or lowering individuals, materials or both, you’ll need a Certificate of Qualification first.

To get this certificate, you’ll need 21 hours of training from a licensed personnel hoist contractor for the personnel hoist certificate. Construction elevator certificate does not require 21 hours of training.  Please contact 1-866-566-7233 to find your nearest licensed personnel hoist contractor.

To get your certificate you’ll also need to pass the elevating device Certificate of Qualification exam. To begin this certification process, submit the Elevating Devices Operator Certificate of Qualification Application Form 312 to any BCSA office.

When you pass the exam we’ll mail a certificate that is valid for one year. You’ll receive notification to renew the certificate for it to remain valid.

Contractor licence exam

There are a number of steps to getting your elevating licence.

First you’ll have an interview and a qualification review with BCSA Safety Manager responsible for this area.

Next, you’ll sit an exam that tests your knowledge of the elevating codes and regulations for the particular licence class you’ve applied for. You can use code books in your exam.

We’ll contact you to arrange your interview and written exam once you’ve applied for your Application for Elevating Devices Operating Certificate Form 312.

Your application will take approximately 2 weeks to process from the date you submited it. Once you’ve satisfied the interview and exam requirements, we’ll send a confirmation letter with the terms and conditions for your licence. Your licence will follow this letter.

Train the Trainer Program

To ensure a smooth transition period into the Elevating Devices Certification Program we are asking all industry contractors to select a Liaison person (or two) to act as a point person for the program with BCSA.

This person will be responsible for:

  • Attending the 3 Train-the-Trainer sessions during the Transition Year
  • Training their employees on the EDMC program, the application process, the skills passport and continuing education.
  • Compiling and Submitting applications for all employees
  • Mentoring employees

This system will allow each contractor to:

  1. Smoothly transition their workforce into the program by ensuring all worker applications have their progress tracked.
  2. Ensure that all mechanics and mechanics in training are ready to work and certified as of the Transition Period end date June 30th, 2014
  3. Have an in-house trainer with direct access to materials and hands-on-knowledge about the certification process.

Train-the-Trainer Sessions:

May-June 2013Application Process
August 2013          
Education Requirements

- Lower Mainland (Class A only) - August 12, 13, 14 held at the BCSA New Westminster office from 8:30 am to noon
- Lower Mainland (Class C & H) - August 15 held at the BCSA New Westminster office from 8:30 am to noon
- Victoria (Class A & H) - August 20 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, location TBD
- Kelowna (Class A & H) - August 22 from 9:00 am to noon, location TBD

November 2013Skills Passport

Train-the-Trainer Downloads

Program Outlines

Class A Program Outline
Class C Program Outline
Class H Program Outline

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Elevating Devices Mechanic Certification

BC Safety Authority introduces certification program for elevating devices mechanics


On December 17, 2014—BC Safety Authority (BCSA) announced the implementation of its Elevating Devices Mechanics Certification Program, which establishes consistent certification standards for the industry and reduces safety risks to both workers and the public.

BCSA developed the program in close consultation with the elevating industry and requires that elevating device mechanics complete a specified combination of education, training and continuing professional development.

“Industry-wide standards for training, skills and continuing education will contribute to enhanced safety for both the mechanics who work on elevating devices—including elevators and escalators—and the public who use them,” says Houssam Hamze, BCSA Elevating Devices Safety Manager.

BCSA first initiated the program on July 1, 2013, with an ample transition period to allow existing elevating devices mechanics to provide validation of credentials. Today’s announcement begins the implementation of the new certification program, which includes a 90-day final transition period for the program. As of March 16, 2015, all mechanics performing work on elevating devices in BC will be required to be certified.

“BCSA has worked closely with both industry and government to put the right business practices and regulatory framework in place to support the program,” says Hamze. “We will continue to work with the elevating industry to ensure the long-term success of this certification program.”

As part of the new certification process, mechanics will also be required to maintain and renew their certification every three years. To maintain their certification, mechanics will need to complete 24 hours of continuing education credits over the course of three years prior to renewing their certificate of qualification.