Boiler, Power Engineers, Refrigeration and Welders

Study to be a power engineer
Power engineer certificates of qualifications
Power engineer exam schedules
Power engineer exam locations
Welding qualifications
Registering a welder performance qualification (PQR)
Registering a welding procedure (WPS)
Certificate of recognition
Duplicate or Replacment Power Engineer Certificate

Note to Candidates Writing the 3rd Class Power Engineer Certification Examinations

The format for the 3B1 Power Engineering examination paper is changing from essay to multiple-choice format – in line with other third class exams.
The planned implementation date to administer the 3B1 examination in a multiple-choice format is January 1, 2016.
This change will only involve the format of the 3B1 exam. Whether administered in essay or multiple-choice format, the syllabus, pass mark and time to write the exam remains the same.

Be sure to check the SOPEEC website for progress updates on the implementation process.

Study to be a power engineer

New power engineers should review the BCSA’s approved list of course providers for Power Engineering in British Columbia and Alberta.

Application process for power engineer examinations or evaluations

Complete the Evaluation Application for Power Engineer, Operator and Safety Awareness Examinations Form 1206 and the Plant Operating Experience Form 1026 to begin the evaluation application process or complete the Application for Power Engineer, Operator and Safety Awareness Examinations Form 1004 to begin the exam application process. The application and appropriate fees have to be submitted by mail or in-person to any BCSA Offices, or call 1-866-566-7233 to talk to client services.

Power engineer certificates of qualification

British Columbia has the following classes of power engineer certification:

To begin your power engineer certification you need to complete a qualification in a corresponding class or full time studies, or a combination or both. You also need to have practical experience before you can qualify to take the exam.

The certification that you are applying for will be based on the following:

  • Type and size of equipment
  • Scope of responsibilities in terms of operating and supervising the equipment, or
  • Scope of responsibilities in terms of managing and maintaining the equipment.

*Note: Your application for evaluation must be approved prior to applying for the exam as per the examination requirements in the following table. It is recommended that you submit your evaluation to the BCSA, 2 to 3 weeks before the registration cutoff date.

Class Exams Prerequisites   Evaluation Requirement
1st Class Examination A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4

1st Class Marine (Steam)
or

2nd Class Power Engineer + 30 - 45 months work experience
(see regulations)

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the B4 exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

2nd Class Examination A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3

1st Class Marine (Motor)
or
2nd Class Marine (Steam)
or

3rd Class Power Engineers + 24 months work experience
(see regulations)

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the B3 exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

3rd Class Examination A1, A2, B1, B2

2nd Class Marine (Motor)
or
3rd Class Marine Steam
or

4th Class Power Engineer Certificate + 12-36 months work experience
(see regulations)

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the B2 exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

4th Class Examination A1, B1

3rd Class Marine (Motor)
or
completed full time 4th Class Power Engineer approved course

or
completion of an approved 4th Class correspondence course + 6 to 18 months work experience
(see regulations)

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the B1 exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

5th Class Examination

 

A1

 

Completion of 5th Class Power Engineer approved course

+ 4 months work experience

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

Refrigeration Operator

 

 

A1

 

 

Refrigeration Mechanic
or
Completion of an approved Refrigeration Operator course

+ 6 months work experience

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

Oilwell Boiler Operator A1

Completion of an approved Oilwell Boiler Operator course
or
6 months work experience

 

Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.

Complete and submit Form 1026.

Ice Facility Operator A1

Completion of approved IFO course

+ 30 days work experience covered by logbook signed by Chief Engineer

  Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.

Antique Show Boiler Operator (Locamotive,
Traction and Stationary)

A1, B1 Be an owner or designate, have experience with antique show boilers, and demonstrate knowledge to a safety officer.
B1 driving test required for locamotive and traction engine operator.
  Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.
Safety Awareness Boiler A1

Approved Safety Awareness Boiler course completion

+ signed letter from a Chief Engineer stating that the client has been instructed in safety procedures of the plant.

  Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.
Safety Awareness Refrigeration A1

Approved Safety Awareness Refrigeration course completion

+ signed letter from a chief engineer stating that the client has been instructed in safety procedures of the plant.

  Evaluation required before applying to write the A exam.

If you are applying for 5th class certification or lower, you must submit your evaluation application before you apply to write your exam. You will then receive confirmation of acceptance or approval either by mail or email.

More information about these prerequisites can be found in the Power Engineer, Boiler, Pressure Vessel & Refrigeration Regulations website and/or to download the Power Engineer syllabus visit the Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC) website.

Power engineer provided exam supplies (at BCSA offices only - special sittings require you to bring your own supplies)

  1. Calculator (Casio fx 260 Solar)
  2. A non-technical dictionary
  3. Binder containing the handbook of formulae, physical constants, steam and refrigeration tables, ASME boiler and pressure vessel codes required except sections VI and VII, ASME boiler and pressure vessel code academic extract and supplement, ASME/ANSI B31.3 process piping code, CSA B51 and CSA B52
  4. The power engineers, boiler, pressure vessel and refrigeration Safety Regulation and the Safety Standards General Regulation
  5. Drawing board, T-square, drawing paper and pencils.

Power engineer exam schedules

Exams for power engineers are held in Cranbrook, Fort St John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Langley, Nanaimo, Nelson, New Westminster, Prince George, Terrace and Victoria.

Power engineer exam locations

Cranbrook

Fort St. John
By appointment only (on same dates as listed in the exam schedule)

Kamloops
Kelowna
Langley
Nanaimo
New Westminster
Prince George
Terrace
Contact BCSA Prince George
Victoria

Note: Locations exceprt Cranbrook and Terrace offer computer exams as an alternative to some paper exams.

Welding qualifications

The BCP-100 Certificate allows BC and Alberta Welders to work in either province.
ELIGIBILITY:
In order to be eligible to take a BCP-100 Pressure Welder Certificate of Qualification examination in the Province of British Columbia, a candidate must:

1. Hold a Journeyman Welder Certificate of Qualification issued by the
Industry Training Authority of British Columbia, or
2. Hold a Registered “A” or “B” Level Certificate of Qualification for
Welding issued by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia,

or

3. Hold a Journeyman Welder’s Interprovincial Standards Red Seal
Certification from another jurisdiction.

The BCP-100 Pressure Welder Certificate of Qualification examination will be conducted by a Boiler Safety Officer. To arrange your test, please contact your local BC Safety Authority office.

Also see the Reference Syllabus For BCP-100 Pressure Welder.

Registering welder performance qualification (PQR)

Welding and repair companies test their new welders to qualify their procedure experience. To register a new welder:

  1. Visit a recognized welding testing agency or engineering firm to perform the test procedure
  2. Complete the Registration of Welder Performance Qualification Form 802 and,
  3. Send your form and logbook by registered mail to any BCSA or,
  4. Visit any of the BCSA offices in person and,
  5. Pay the Application Fee according to the Boiler Fee Schedule.
  6. We will validate your welding book within 5 working days. If you require a shorter processing time, please contact us before submitting your logbook, to make arrangements.

Registering a welding procedure (WPS)

  1. Visit a recognized welding testing agency or engineering firm to perform the test procedure
  2. Complete the Registration of Welding Procedure Form 825
  3. Send your form to any BCSA regional office or,
  4. Visit any BCSA offices in person and,
  5. Pay the Application Fee according to the Boiler Fee Schedule
  6. A company applying to register a procedure must be the holder of a contractor licence issued by BC Safety Authority. Please see Page 9 of the "A", "Au" & "Ap" Contractor Licencing Guide for QC Manual.

Certificate of recognition

A Certificate of Recognition is issued to a person or organization who applies to be recognized by the Provincial Safety Manager to be competent in administering performance qualification tests for pressure welders in accordance with Section 42 of the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration safety regulation.

To apply for or renew a Certificate of Recognition, the followings must be submitted:

  1. Completed and signed Welding Testing Agency Certificate of Recognition Application Form 1383
  2. Completed Quality Manual Review Checklist for the Administration of Welding Performance Qualification Tests which can be found on page 2 to 7 in the Welding Performance Testing Administrator - Guide for Assessment of Quality Control Manuals MAN-4017-00,
  3. Completed Quality Control Manual as outlined in the Welding Performance Qualifications Test Administrator - Guide for Applicants for Guidance Manual MAN-4018, along with
  4. Payment for minimum charge of assessment fee (non-refundable, by hourly rate of $157 in 2014 plus appropriate taxes. Time in excess of the minimum will be invoiced):
    a. For new application – 5 hours
    b. For renewal – one hour

Please submit your application, documents and payment to:

BC Safety Authority
Suite 200 – 505 6th Street
New Westminster, BC
V3L 0E1
Attn: Power Engineer Certificate of Recognition

Duplicate or Replacement Power Engineer Certificate

Your Power Engineer certificate must be posted either at your work or site location. If you do not have the original certificate or require duplicate certificate for multi-work sites, please complete the Application for Power Engineer Duplicate/Replacement Form 1494 and submit to a BCSA office.

If you have a replacement certificate and found your original certificate, please return the replacement certificate to any BCSA office (unless it is a duplicate certificate). An email to BCSA advising us of finding your original certificate is not sufficient. Please return the replacement certificate.