A temporary certificate of competency is intended to assist a company through a period where they are unable to retain the services of a certificate of competency holder of the required class. A temporary certificate is a short term, “temporary” solution to plant staffing issues, not a long term solution. A temporary certificate may only be one class higher than a valid certificate of competency already held.
Section 14 of the Power Engineers Regulation establishes the requirements for the issuance of a temporary certificate of competency and the conditions under which a temporary certificate of competency may be issued.
A senior company representative (not the individual requiring the certificate) can apply for either of the two options for temporary certificates which are intended to enable a plant to be operated in accordance with the requirements of the Act and Regulations:
Unavailability (no qualified power engineers are available) or
Holiday Relief, Emergency Relief, Sick Relief or Training.
Unavailability A temporary certificate of competency may be issued for a maximum duration of six (6) months. Note that no more than one temporary certificate of this type may be issued to a power engineer unless positive progress is shown toward obtaining the certificate of competency required.
Holiday Relief, Emergency Relief, Sick Relief or Training.A temporary certificate of competency may be issued for a maximum duration of one (1) month. Applications for additional certificates will require the owner to provide a justification and to submit an acceptable plan to reduce the reliance on temporary certificates in the future.
The qualification requirements for a temporary certificate of competency are, as set out in the Regulation for the class of certificate requested together with six months qualifying experience in a position satisfactory to the Administrator. When a company requests a temporary certificate for a newly hired employee, the company must show adequate training for the employee before a temporary certificate is granted. Application for a temporary certificate is made on form AB-67.
Issuance of a temporary 5th Class Certificate requires the applicant to complete an oral examination administered by an ABSA Safety Codes Officer.
Issuance of a temporary Fired Process Heater Operator Certificate requires the applicant to complete an approved course and demonstrate mastery of the training that has been provided by the employer for the position requiring a certified operator.
Chief Power Engineer – Authorizing Supervision
Chief power engineers may authorize supervision at one level higher than the power engineer certificate held for up to 96 hours, on an emergency basis. The chief power engineer must provide formal notification on a specified form (AB-67a Chief Power Engineer – Authorizing Supervision), to the Administrator and to notify the Owner of the power plant regarding this authorization within 96 hours.