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Transfer of Certificates, Work Experience, and Examination Marks

Background

On April 1, 2009, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) came into effect. These agreements state that any worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one Canadian jurisdiction shall be recognized as qualified to practice that occupation by another Canadian jurisdiction.

Out-of-Province “Standardized” Certificate Transfer Policy

There is no change in policy for transfer of a power engineer’s certificate earned by writing standardized (SOPEEC) examinations. The holder of a valid out-of-province standardized power engineer’s certificate can apply to transfer his/her certificate to Alberta to obtain a certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the transferred certificate.

The certificate holder is required to complete an application form AB-130 and pay the certificate transfer fee. Completed AB-130 forms can be emailed to certificates@absa.ca or faxed to (780) 437-7787

Out-of-Province “Provincial” Certificate Transfer Policy Effective April 1, 2009

  1. First time certificate transfer after April 1, 2009
  2. Previous transfers with a valid certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction
  3. Previous transfers without a valid certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction

1. First time certificate transfer after April 1, 2009

Effective April 1, 2009, out-of-province certificate holders with a valid power engineer certificate can apply to transfer their certificates to Alberta to obtain a certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the transferred certificate.

The conditions required are:

  1. the application for transfer in on or after April 1, 2009, and
  2. the out-of-province certificate is valid.

The certificate holder is required to complete an application form AB-130 and pay the certificate transfer fee.

2. Previous transferees who still hold a valid certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction

If an individual:

  1. transferred his/her certificate to Alberta before April 1, 2009,
  2. obtained an Alberta provincial certificate one class lower, and
  3. maintained a valid certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction,

the individual may apply to transfer his/her out-of-province certificate to Alberta to obtain a certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the transferred certificate, and cancel his/her current Alberta certificate.

The certificate holder is required to complete application form AB-130 and pay the certificate transfer fee.

3. Previous transferees who no longer hold a valid certificate from another Canadian jurisdiction

The agreement is not retroactive. If someone has already transferred their certificate to Alberta before April 1, 2009, that is the certification they have. They have to meet all the Alberta certification requirements to upgrade their certification.

If you require additional information on transfering your certification to Alberta, please contact:

Selina Elchuk
Phone: 780-433-0281 ext 3323
Email: certificates@absa.ca

Transferring Out of Province Passed Examination Marks

An individual may apply to Alberta to transfer his/her out-of-province Certificate and/or marks to have them recognized by ABSA. They are required to complete an application form AB-130 and pay the current fee. Completed AB-130 forms can be emailed to certificates@absa.ca or faxed to (780) 437-7787.  ABSA will contact the appropriate provincial authorities to verify the Certificate and confirm the marks.

When an individual transfers examination marks from another Canadian jurisdiction, in order to continue writing and obtain certification in Alberta, the individual must meet the requirements of the Power Engineers Regulation with respect to education and work experience.

Transferring Out of Province Work Experience

An individual may apply to Alberta to transfer his/her out-of-province work experience for consideration in Alberta.  They are required to complete an application form AB-130, complete an experience testimonial used in the appropriate jurisdiction where the experience is earned, and pay the current fee. Completed AB-130 forms can be emailed to certificates@absa.ca or faxed to (780) 437-7787.  ABSA will contact the appropriate provincial authorities to verify the experience.

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Updated Feb 18, 2010




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