Continued education, practical experience and an exam are required for each certification level. Each province has its own legislation regulating the requirements for certification.
Standardized test banks used for examinations throughout Canada (excepting Quebec) are developed and maintained by the Standardization of Power Engineer’s Examination Committee (SOPEEC). Visit the SOPEEC website for more information on provincial and standardized certifications.
The 5 levels of Power Engineering Certifications in Canada
1st Class – Can be considered equivalent to Mechanical or Electrical Engineers in theoretical knowledge with the hands-on operating experience and expertise to be in charge of very powerful boilers.
2nd Class – Act as relief for 1st Class Engineers and provide supervision for both engineers and contractors on site.
3rd Class – Perform a lot of maintenance and monitor the efficient operation of Coal, Natural Gas and Bio-energy boilers.
4th Class – Perform a lot of field and monitoring work.
5th Class – Often in charge of refrigeration plants such as ice rinks.