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Power Engineer Certification Mobility

Background

The holder of a valid power engineer certificate competency issued by another Canadian jurisdiction is eligible to obtain an equivalent Alberta certificate of competency provided they meet the requirements established under the Power Engineers Regulation (AR 85/2003).

Power engineer certificates of competency, examination results and work experience are all eligible for recognition under “transfer” provisions described below.

Power Engineer Certification Transfer Examination

All applicants for an Alberta power engineer certificate of competency issued in recognition of an equivalent certificate issued by another jurisdiction are required to complete an examination on the Alberta Safety Codes Act and pressure equipment legislation.

Out-of-Province “Standardized” Certificate Transfer

The holder of a valid out-of-province standardized power engineer’s certificate can apply to transfer their certificate to Alberta to obtain a certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the transferred certificate.

The applicant is required to complete application form AB-130, pay the certificate transfer fee and complete the transfer examination. See Power Engineer Certification Transfer Examination page for details.

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

On April 1, 2009, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) (now called the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA)) and the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) (now called the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)) came into effect. These agreements provide that a worker certified for an occupation by a regulatory authority of one Canadian jurisdiction shall be recognized as qualified to practice that occupation by other Canadian jurisdictions.

These agreements resulted in a change in policy. Previous to April 1, 2009, “provincial” certificates were generally recognized at one class lower.

1. First Time “Provincial” Certificate Transfer

Since April 1, 2009, out-of-province certificate holders with a valid power engineer certificate have been able to apply to obtain an equivalent Alberta certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the out-of-province certificate.

The applicant is required to complete application form AB-130, pay the certificate transfer fee, and complete the transfer examination. See Power Engineer Certification Transfer Examination page for details.

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

An individual that transferred their out-of-province certificate to Alberta prior to April 1, 2009 and obtained an Alberta certificate one class lower, may re-apply to obtain a certificate for the same scope of practice as authorized by the valid out-of-province certificate provided the out-of-province certificate is still valid.

The applicant is required to complete application form AB-130, pay the certificate transfer fee, and complete the transfer examination. See Power Engineer Certification Transfer Examination page for details.

Transferring Out of Province Passed Examination Marks

An individual may apply to Alberta to transfer their 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, the individual must meet the requirements of the Power Engineers Regulation with respect to education and work experience in order to continue writing and obtain certification in Alberta.

Transferring Out of Province Work Experience

An individual may apply to Alberta to transfer their 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. ABSA will contact the appropriate provincial authorities to verify the experience.

Completed AB-130 forms can be emailed to certificates@absa.ca or faxed to (780) 437-7787.

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

Brigida Junio
Phone: 780-433-0281 ext 3321
Email: certificates@absa.ca

Last modified: July 4, 2017