Third 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(a) (doc) or AB-66(a) (pdf) .

To qualify to take a 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency examination, a candidate must hold a 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency*.

NOTE: A 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency examination must consist of questions relating to the subjects contained in the current reference syllabus established by the Administrator for the 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency examination, and must be divided into 2 parts, lettered A and B.

The examination consists of four (4) examination papers, each of 3 ½ hours duration. Each of the Papers A1, A2, B1 and B2 examination consists of 150 multiple-choice questions.

To pass a 3rd 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 Third Class Power Engineers Reference Syllabus (AB-53). A candidate can write the examination in any one of the examination locations listed in our Examination Schedule.

Qualification for 3rd class certification:

To qualify for a 3rd Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency, a candidate must

(a) pass the 3rd Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency examination, and

(b) have been employed for a period of

(i) 12 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 and assistant engineer positions, persons who hold at least a 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency in that position,

(ii)12 months as a chief power engineer in a power plant consisting of oilfield once-through boilers that have a capacity exceeding 1000 kW,

(iii) 48 months in a heating plant that has a capacity exceeding 3000 kW, while holding a 4th Class Power Engineer’s Certificate of Competency issued after September 1, 1998.

(iv) 1/3 of the period of time specified in subclause (i) or (ii), and  have been employed for a period of 8 months in a pressure plant in an operating capacity satisfactory to the Administrator, or

(v) 1/2 of the period of time specified in subclause (i) or (ii), and have been employed for a period of 12 months in a capacity satisfactory to the Administrator in the design, construction, commissioning, installation, repair, maintenance or operation of pressure equipment to which the Act applies,

c) 24 months of the experience required by subsection (1)(b)(iii) to a candidate who has successfully completed a course in power engineering that is satisfactory  to the Administrator.

Note:
• • The Administrator may grant 6 months’ credit towards the work experience outlined in (i) and (ii) above for the successful completion of a 3rd class power engineering course or  to the holder of a degree in mechanical engineering from a university satisfactory to the Administrator.
• • Graduates of a 2-year power engineering technology program satisfactory to the Administrator may be granted a credit equivalent to 9 months of the experience required by ((i) or (ii) above.