At the 2018 Association of Chief Inspectors meeting in Vancouver it was agreed that, effective January 1, 2020, the 2B3 power engineering examination paper will only be administered in the multiple-choice format. This is the beginning of an initiative to move towards multiple choice examinations at the 2nd class level. 


With proven success at the 3rd and 4th class level, converting the 2nd class examinations to a multiple choice format will continue to provide a comprehensive level of testing of the subject material and ensure that candidates are tested on all areas of the syllabus.


The syllabus, pass mark and time allowed for completion of the 2B3 examination will not change. The amount of questions on the examination has been set at 100. There will be no difference between passing the 2B3 examination in essay format or multiple-choice format for credit towards 2nd class certification.


Please follow updates on the SOPEEC website ( with regards to this implementation process as well as the process for any further examination changes. If you have any questions please contact the SOPEEC Coordinator of Examinations, Tom Leming, at


Multiple Choice Test Summary Reports for Power Engineers and In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspectors (initial examination) are now available.
NOTE: these automatic summary reports are for examinations that have been written from this day forward.

In response to requests from applicants who have written power engineer examinations, test summary reports for multiple choice examinations will be available to applicants for both Power Engineering and those who have written their initial In-Service Inspector examination. ABSA has migrated to a new examination scoring software which has the ability to deliver Test Summary Reports to multiple choice examination candidates.