Second Class

This certificate is subject to annual renewal. There are a number of training and experience combinations that can satisfy the requirement for this certificate.

Once you have an ABSA file number you can access your account online by logging into your file through the Power Engineer/Inspector Login. If you do not have access to your account online yet, please email exams@absa.ca with the following information.

  • Name:
  • Date of Birth:
  • File number:
  • Email address you wish to have on file:

Alternatively, you can fill out the examination application form, AB-66 (doc) or AB-66 (pdf), a minimum of 21 days prior to the requested date.


The examination fee is $97 per examination and is non-refundable (no refunds) and non-transferable (no re-scheduling). Please take a look at the examination schedule and ensure that you can make both your first and second choices for exam dates.

The form can be sent by email (exams@absa.ca), fax (780-437-7787), mail or delivered in person to our  Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer locations.

If you are submitting experience, please fill out form, AB-66 (doc) or AB-66 (pdf) .

To qualify to take a 2nd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency examination, a candidate must hold a 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency.

NOTE: The examination consists of six (6) papers, each of 3 ½ hours duration. Each paper consists of seven (7) questions of which five should be attempted. They are all long-answer essay question examinations. If more than five (5) questions are attempted, only the first five (5) attempted will be marked.

Important: Part B, Paper One also consists of seven (7) questions, however, included in these seven (7) questions, is a mandatory drawing question which must be attempted.

To pass a 2nd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency examination, a candidate must obtain at least 65% of the total marks allotted for each examination paper.

Detailed information in regard to this examination can be found in the Revised Second Class Power Engineers Reference Syllabus (AB-52a). The Revised Second Class Syllabus became effective on January 1, 2005. A candidate can write the examination in any one of the examination locations listed in our Examination Schedule.

To qualify for a 2nd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency, a candidate must

(a) pass the 2nd Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency examination, and

(b) have been employed for a period of

(i) 24 months as a chief power engineer, shift engineer, assistant shift engineer or assistant engineer in a power plant that is required by this Regulation to employ in the chief power engineer, shift engineer, assistant shift engineer or assistant engineer positions persons who hold at least a 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency,

(ii) 36 months as a shift engineer in a power plant that has a capacity exceeding 1000 kW,

(iii) 1/2 of the period of time specified in sub-clause (i) 12 months or (ii) 18 months, and have been employed for either a period of 12 months in a pressure plant in an operating capacity satisfactory to the Administrator or a period of 24 months in a supervisory capacity satisfactory to the Administrator in the design, construction, commissioning, installation, repair, maintenance or operation of pressure equipment to which the Act applies, or

(iv) The Administrator may grant 9 months’ credit towards the work experience required by subsection (i) and (ii) above by the successful completion of a 2nd class power engineering course or to the hold a degree in mechanical engineering from a university satisfactory to the Administrator,

(v) The Administrator may grant a credit equivalent to ½ of the experience required by subsection (i) and (ii) above to a candidate who holds a 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency and has successfully completed a 2-year power engineering technology program satisfactory to the Administrator.

Last Modified: 1/29/2019 9:18:11 AM