Boiler and Pressure Vessel

2016 Power Engineer Examination Schedule: Terrace

Also see the 2016 Power Engineer Examination Schedule for Cranbrook, Ft St John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, Victoria

Applications for examinations in Terrace should be submitted to the Prince George office at:

202 - 2977 Ferry Ave,
Prince George BC  V2N 1L3
Email: princegeorge@safetyauthority.ca

Examination Schedule - Printable version

Examination Date

8:30am 

1:00pm 

Registration Cut-off

Feb 15, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Jan 20, 2016 Wednesday
Feb 16, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Feb 17, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Feb 18, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
May 16, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Apr 27, 2016 Wednesday  
May 17, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
May 18, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
May 19, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Jul 11, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Jun 22, 2016 Wednesday
Jul 12, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Jul 13, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Jul 14, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Sep 12, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday
Sep 13, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Sep 14, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Sep 15, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Nov 14, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Oct 26, 2016 Wednesday
Nov 15, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Nov 16, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Nov 17, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO

SP Examination Papers
A.M. or P.M.

OWB Class :     Oilwell Boiler Operator
ASB Class :           Antique Show Boiler Operator
ASBL:                   Antique Show Boiler Locomotive
ASBT:                   Antique Show Boiler Traction

Examination Scheduling Policies

  1. Registration cut-off dates will be strictly enforced.  Applications and fees must be received and approved before the registration cut-off date in order to reserve an examination date, subject to seating availability.
  2. There is no charge for the 1st re-schedule of an examination but charges will apply for the 2nd and subsequent re-schedule requests.  Re-schedule requests must be received by BC Safety Authority 10 business days prior to the exam date.
  3. The examination fee paid will be forfeited when there is a NO SHOW.
  4. A client may request a special examination sitting for 6 or more candidates.  The request should go to the Chief Examiner and Regional Business Leader for approval, depending on availability of an examination invigilator.  Applications and fees must be received and processed 3 to 4 weeks before the date of the special sitting.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 6 months.
  8. The Passing Grade on all BP examinations is 65% minimum.

Fees:  Please refer to the fee schedule.  A one-time non-refundable evaluation fee is also required for 1B4, 2B3, 3B2, 4B1, 5B1 (Boiler & Refrigeration Endorsement), Oilwell Operator, Ice Facility Operator, Antique Show Boiler Operator and Safety Awareness examinations. 

Syllabi, application forms, examination locations, regional business leaders, and approved courses from recognized institutes can also be found on the Exams & Certifications page for Boiler, Power Engineers, Refrigeration and Welders.

  • Examinations that require evaluations will not be processed or scheduled until the evaluation is approved.

Note:  The above rules are subject to changes and are in effect at all times. 

Are you an owner or operator of a propane pressure vessel in BC?

Due to the safety risk, BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is reminding owners of propane storage tanks that an operating permit is required for each tank in BC.

Please refer to Operating Permit Application For Propane Pressure Vessels (BCSA Directive #D-BP-2015-01), issued on June 22, 2015, which clarifies the requirement for a person who owns a propane tank that is in operation in British Columbia to obtain an operating permit from BCSA. 

Here you will find information on your responsibilities as an owner or operator, and the steps to follow to obtain an operating permit if you do not already have one.

Homeowners

If you are a homeowner who either owns or operates a propane tank in BC, you need to be aware that by law your propane tank must be registered with BC Safety Authority with an annual Operating Permit.  Please refer to Operating Permit Application For Propane Pressure Vessels (BCSA Directive #D-BP-2015-01).

The owner of the propane tank should take out the operating permit, and in most instances this will be your propane supplier (see What kinds of propane pressure vessels are affected?).

However, if you do own your own tank(s), please refer to the information below, especially What does an operating permit applicant need to do?.

Which propane storage tanks require an operating permit?

Propane storage tanks in operation (e.g., pressurized above 15 pounds per square inch gauge - psig) require an operating permit.  Common sizes of propane storage tanks currently available vary from 120 US water gallons (USWG) up to 1000 USWG; however, tanks may be constructed for other capacities.

Propane cylinders (e.g., used with barbecues, small heating equipment, and recreation vehicles) are subject to Transport Canada regulations and do not require a BCSA operating permit. For more details, see the ‘Transportation of Dangerous Goods – Containers’ section under ‘Safety’ on Transport Canada’s website.

Who should take out an operating permit?

The owner of the propane tank should take out the operating permit.

What are some of the responsibilities of the operating permit holder?

  • Applying and paying for the permit, including annual renewals. (see fee exemption note below)
  • Complying with the terms and conditions of the operating permit.
  • Ensuring the permit is in place before using, operating or performing work on the tank.
  • Ensuring all regulated work is done by individuals with the appropriate certification who are employed by either a company with a valid gas contractor’s licence or, where applicable, an establishment with a valid operating permit allowing regulated work.

On completion of an inspection by a safety officer, BCSA is responsible for issuing a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to the operating permit holder, who must then correct any identified non-compliances and advise BCSA.

Who is qualified to maintain a propane tank, including servicing the pressure relief valve?

Individuals employed by a company with a valid gas contractor’s licence and who hold a valid and appropriate Certificate of Qualification recognized by a Provincial Safety Manager in order to:

  • transfer propane from one container to another (e.g., adding, removing, dispensing or defueling);
  • inspect, maintain, service or remove tank components, including pressure relief devices; and
  • connect or disconnect gas systems to propane containers.

Talk to your propane supplier about maintenance or find a licensed gas contractor on BCSA’s website under ‘Find a Contractor’.

What is the process to apply for an operating permit?

  1. Complete an Operating Permit Application for Propane Pressure Vessels (Form 1509 on our website under BCSA Forms & Fees) and email it to propane@safetyauthority.ca, or call 778-396-2033 for assistance.
  2. You will receive an electronic spreadsheet from BCSA with the data fields required for all of your propane pressure vessel units.  The data required will include - but is not limited to - the information on the name plate of your tank(s) as well as the location of each tank.
  3. Complete the electronic spreadsheet and email it to propane@safetyauthority.ca.
  4. 4.  You will be contacted if further clarification or information is required.
  5. You will receive an invoice (annually) listing all of your units.
  6. Once payment is submitted and processed, you will be issued an operating permit.

2016 Propane Pressure Vessel Annual Operating Permit Fees

NOTE: Operating permits are required for ALL propane tanks. Homeowners who own or lease their tank for residential use are exempt from the permit fee.  The fee is also exempt from tanks that are owned by commercial operators but leased to a homeowner who is using the tank for residential purposes.

All tank owners (industrial, commercial and residential), regardless of the fee exemption, are required to apply for a permit and provide their tank data to BCSA.

If you know the dimensions of your tank(s) (i.e. tank diameter and length in metres), please refer to Table 1. If you do not know the dimensions but have the tank volume, please refer to Table 2.

Table 1: Tank Dimension-based Fees

 

Length

< 5 M

5 - 10 M

10 - 15 M

15 - 20 M

20 - 25 M

> 25 M

 

Year

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

2016

D
I
A
M
E
T
E
R

< 1 M

$27

$41

$64

$82

$105

$125

1 - 2 M

$38

$52

$75

$93

$116

$136

2 - 3 M

$53

$67

$90

$108

$131

$151

3 - 4 M

$64

$78

$101

$119

$142

$162

4 - 5 M

$74

$88

$111

$129

$152

$172

> 5 M

$89

$103

$126

$144

$167

$187

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Table 2: Tank Volumetric-based Fees* (in US water gallons)

  Year 2016
V
O
L.
  999 USWG* $27
 1,000 to 1,999 USWG* $38
 ≥ 2,000 USWG Dimensions req'd.

*  For reference, if tank dimensions are unavailable for tanks less than 2,000 USWG, Table 2 assumes:

  • 250 and 500 USWG tanks: diameter < 39.4” (= 1 M) and length < 197” (= 5 M)
  • 1,000 USWG tanks: diameter 39.4” to 78.8” (= 1 – 2 M) and length < 197” (= 5 M)
  • Dimensions must be provided for tanks < 2,000 USWG with non-standard dimensions, or tanks ≥ 2,000 USWG.

How will safety oversight be provided?

To help clients ensure that their tanks meet safety standards, BCSA will utilize a risk-based, sample and audit approach to identify areas of greatest safety concern. Our Accident Prevention Model includes:

  • Assessment via sample inspections and audits of tank maintenance records.
  • Education, such as providing information and videos on propane equipment safety.
  • Enforcement to ensure that propane equipment is properly installed, maintained and safe.
  • Research into incidents involving propane.

For more information, please visit our website at www.safetyauthority.ca/about.

 

Annual renewal of operating permit

Permits are renewed annually via the following process:

  1. 90 days prior to permit expiry, you will receive an electronic spreadsheet listing the details of your propane tanks.
  2. Review and update the spreadsheet with the details of any tanks dismantled, decommissioned, sold, or acquired.
  3. E-mail the updated spreadsheet to BCSA at propane@safetyauthority.ca.  
  4. You will receive a renewal invoice listing details of your propane tanks.   
  5. Make the payment as per instructions on the invoice.
  6. Your operating permit will be issued after BCSA has processed the payment.

Why is this important?         

Since 2004, BC law states that all pressure vessel owners must have a permit to use this type of equipment. In particular, when this equipment is used to store large quantities of combustible fuel, such as propane, there is an inherent safety risk involved to owners and the surrounding public and property.

An operating permit is required for propane tanks in order for BCSA to provide safety oversight. Having this data enables us to assess hazards and effectively communicate important safety information to owners so that they can protect themselves, their equipment and those around them.

Questions about operating permits or the application process?

Please contact us at propane@safetyauthority.ca or 778-396-2033.

Propane Forms

Printable Version
Guidance document for owners and operators of propane pressure vessels in BC

2016 Power Engineer Examination Schedule: Cranbrook, Ft St John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, New Westminster, Prince George, Victoria

Also see the 2016 Power Engineer Examination Schedule for Terrace

Examination Schedule - Printable version

Examination Date 8:30am  12:30 pm - New West, Victoria, Nanaimo & Langley 1:00 pm  -   Other Registration Cut-off
Jan 11, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Dec 16, 2015 Wednesday
Jan 12, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Jan 13, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Jan 14, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Feb 15, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Jan 20, 2016 Wednesday
Feb 16, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Feb 17, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Feb 18, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Mar 14, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Feb 24, 2016 Wednesday  
Mar 15, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Mar 16, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Mar 17, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Apr 11, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Mar 23, 2016 Wednesday  
Apr 12, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Apr 13, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Apr 14, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
May 16, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Apr 27, 2016 Wednesday  
May 17, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
May 18, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
May 19, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Jun 13, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 May 25, 2016 Wednesday
Jun 14, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Jun 15, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Jun 16, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Jul 11, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Jun 22, 2016 Wednesday
Jul 12, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Jul 13, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Jul 14, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Sep 12, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Aug 24, 2016 Wednesday
Sep 13, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Sep 14, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Sep 15, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Oct 17, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Sep 21, 2016 Wednesday
Oct 18, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Oct 19, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Oct 20, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO
Nov 14, Mon 4A1, 5A1 4B1 Oct 26, 2016 Wednesday
Nov 15, Tue 4A1,1A1,1A2,1A3,1A4 4B1,1B1,1B2,1B3, 1B4
Nov 16, Wed 2A1,2A2,2A3,3A1,3A2 2B1,2B2,2B3,3B1,3B2
Nov 17, Thu RSA, BSA, ROE, IFO RSA, BSA, ROE,IFO

SP  Examination Papers
A.M. or P.M.

OWB Class :     Oilwell Boiler Operator
ASB Class :     Antique Show Boiler Operator
ASBL:     Antique Show Boiler Locomotive
ASBT:     Antique Show Boiler Traction

Examination Scheduling Policies

1. Registration cut-off dates will be strictly enforced.  Applications and fees must be received and approved before the registration cut-off date in order to reserve an examination date, subject to seating availability.

2. There is no charge for the 1st re-schedule of an examination but charges will apply for the 2nd and subsequent re-schedule requests.  Re-schedule requests must be received by BC Safety Authority 10 business days prior to the exam date or the re-examination fee will be applicable.

3. The examination fee paid will be forfeited when there is a NO SHOW.

4. A client may request a special examination sitting for 6 or more candidates.  Applications and fees must be received and processed 3 to 4 weeks before the date of the special sitting.

5. Passing mark for Power Engineer exams is 65%.

6. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their initial attempt, the candidate may not re-take that examination again until at least 30 days have passed since the date of the initial attempt.

7. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their second attempt, the candidate may not re-take that examination again until at least 60 days have passed since the date of the second attempt.

8. If an examination candidate fails to pass an examination on their third or subsequent attempts, the individual may not re-take that examination  until at least 6 months have passed since the date of the previous attempt.

Fees:  Please refer to the fee schedule.  A one-time non-refundable evaluation fee is also required for 1B4, 2B3, 3B2, 4B1, 5B1 (Boiler & Refrigeration Endorsement), Oilwell Operator, Ice Facility Operator, Antique Show Boiler Operator and Safety Awareness examinations. 

Syllabi, application forms, examination locations, regional business leaders, and approved courses from recognized institutes can also be found on Boiler, Power Engineers, Refrigeration and Welders.

Mulit-Technology Open House/BBQ at BC Safety Authority's Langley Office

16 October 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

BC Safety Authority - Langley Office
Unit 104 - 9525 201 Street
Langley
V1M 4A5
BC
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Contact information:
Telephone: 7783962171
Email: learning@safetyauthority.ca

Maximum capacity: 99
# of guests allowed per registration: 3

How to RSVP: Registration Closed

Details

Training Resources

Please login to see the supporting documents. Documents in this section are only available to users registered for this event.

Pressure Piping Registration

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This circular details the requirements for the registration of designs of pressure piping systems for use in British Columbia. It is not intended to be a substitute for the governing Act, General Regulation, specific Regulation, codes and documents. For a full list of adopted codes, refer to Boiler, Pressure Vessels and Refrigeration Regulation – Adopted Codes and Standards.

Pressure piping systems are a series of pipes, tubes, conduits, gaskets, bolts and other components, the sole purpose of which is the conveyance between two points, of

a)    an expansible fluid, or

b)    a non-expansible fluid or thermal fluid with a working pressure exceeding 1100 kPa or an operating temperature exceeding 121 oC

Failures of pressure piping components can lead to serious harm. It is the responsibility of the pressure piping designer to understand the intended operating conditions, installation interfaces, and the environment into which the pressure piping will be installed to assure safe operation throughout the pressure piping system’s life-cycle. Designers shall have:

  • The appropriate qualifications to perform the design work
  • Exercised good design judgement, through
    • use of recognized standards
    • evaluation of the effects of loading consistent with the intended installation environment
    • evaluation of the effects of the operating system or process
    • application of appropriate interface loading assumptions
    • Documented their design, its limitations (pressure, temperature, interface loads) and its compliance to the Regulation (code or standard)
    • Assumed responsibility for the integrity of their design

Registration provides owners, operators and members of the BC public with confidence that a design is safe for use within BC. The registration of a pressure piping system does not relieve the equipment manufacturer of the liability for the design and construction of the system.

EXEMPTIONS

  1. The following pressure piping systems are exempt from the Regulation:

a)     pressure piping external to a boiler proper in a low pressure low temperature fluid plant that operates at a working pressure of 206 kPa or less and a temperature of 100 oC or less, or

b)    pressure piping operating at and with a pressure relief valve set at 103 kPa or less

  1. Design of pressure piping NPS 3 or smaller is exempt from registration however, the system must comply with all regulation and code requirements.

SUBMISSIONS

  1. All submissions must contain hard copies of

a)     a completed BC Design Registration Application Form (CRN/BCLD/PRN) FRM #)

b)    1 copy of drawings and corresponding line lists (refer to items 4 and 5 below),

c)    1 copy of ASME code calculations for expansion, flexibility, and support for pipe diameters exceeding NPS 3 (item 7).

 

DRAWINGS AND LINE LISTS

  1. Drawings (flow diagrams, P&IDs) must include the following:

a)     number and revision

b)    design code of construction information - edition and addenda (e.g. ASME B31.1-2010)

c)    line identification that can be correlated with item 5 below.

d)    CRN‘s for boilers, pressure vessels and  fittings in the system.

Note: Bridles shall be registered as “Fitting” or “Pressure Vessel”, as applicable, and the CRN shall be included with the submittal.

  1. Line lists showing the maximum design pressures, maximum and minimum design temperatures, and relevant specifications (as per item 6 below) for each line

Note: All lines requiring registration should be highlighted on both the drawing and line lists.

SPECIFICATIONS

  1. Pipe specifications shall indicate the following:

a)     maximum design pressure

b)     maximum and minimum design temperatures

c)     fluid service

d)     dimensions

e)     ASME material specifications

f)      flange, valve, and fitting standards

g)     heat treatment

h)     non-destructive examination requirements (MT, PT, RT, VT, UT, LT)

i)      corrosion allowance

j)      impact testing

k)     pressure test conditions, fluid

l)      formulas used or reference to code section

 

  1. Stress analysis calculations shall demonstrate the piping system can withstand or is isolated from all ambient influences, dynamic effects, weight effects, and interface loads, as defined in ASME B31-series code. If these conditions are unknown, clearly stated worst-case loading restrictions shall be included (e.g. seismic value Sa(0.2) was chosen to be 0.095 as installation is in Fort St. John). You must demonstrate the following:

a)     The design can withstand the maximum pressure and maximum and minimum temperatures with an identified factor of safety

b)    Identify all loads on the pressure piping system and worst-case loads

c)     The design can withstand the loading environment described in 6(b).

All of the effects must be considered. If a certain effect or load does not apply to your application, provide justification through statements or calculations
(e.g. wind calculations do not apply as the installation will be indoors).

Note: Pressure piping registrations may have notes added to the registration letter that states limitations due to the designer’s worst case loading conditions

MODIFICATIONS TO EXISTING LINES

  1. Calculations shall be provided for any existing lines that are modified to accommodate new lines to show

a)     there are no additional interface loads introduced between the new and existing lines, or

b)    the existing lines are adapted to support any new loads as a result of the modification

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  1. Upon an acceptance review of the piping system design registration documentation, a design registration letter will be sent to the applicant, indicating the BC piping registration number (site specific P number ), date of registration, description of the piping system, installation site, drawing numbers, and any conditions or limitations. A separate invoice will be forwarded for the registration fee.

10.  Registration of a pressure piping system design does not constitute an acceptance of the installation or operation. BC Safety Authority may have additional requirements for installation and/or operating permits. BC Safety Authority recommends installers/owners of pressure piping systems visit the BC Safety Authority website or contact center (1.866.566.7233 – info@safetyauthority.ca) to determine if any other permits are required.

11.  For inspection requirements: refer to http://www.safetyauthority.ca/sites/default/files/Inspection_Requirements_for_Piping_Systems__Piping_Components__D-BP_2011-01_Rev_01_.pdf