Fired Process Heater Operator

This is a provincial certificate of competency issued by Alberta. It is a certificate of competency that certifies the operator to supervise thermal liquid heating systems or power plants that do not produce steam and use thermal liquid under pressure of a blanketing gas not exceeding 700 kPa or a water-glycol mixture with a minimum of 40% glycol of an unlimited kW capacity.

To apply for a Fired Process Heater Operator examination, applicants must 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 EdmontonCalgary and Red Deer locations.
You must also include a copy of your official course completion letter as well.


If you are submitting experience, please fill out form, AB-66(a) (doc) or AB-66(a) (pdf) and send it in with your application form and proof of educational requirements.


Once your application has been received, we will create a file for you and your payment will be processed. Log in information will be sent to the email address you provide on your examination application. You will be able to change your personal information, renew your certificate, book examinations as well as see examination notices and results online. If you have already sent in paperwork to apply for an examination please do not apply again when you receive access as your original paperwork is currently in process. Please allow 3-5 business days for processing and scheduling.

To qualify to take a Fired Process Heater Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination, a candidate must either

(a) have successfully completed a course in fired process heater operation satisfactory to the Administrator, or
(b) hold a degree in mechanical engineering from a university satisfactory to the Administrator

PER Section 22.2(1)

A candidate is qualified to receive the Fired Process Heater Operator’s Certificate of Competency after having passed the Fired Process Heater Operator’s Certificate of Competency examination, and been employed for a period of

(i) 12 months assisting in the operation of

(a) a power plant that uses thermal liquid under pressure of a blanketing gas not exceeding 700 kPa,

(b) a power plant that does not produce steam and that uses thermal liquid under pressure of a blanketing gas not exceeding 700 kPa or a water-glycol mixture with a minimum of 40% glycol, or

(c) a thermal liquid heating system, or

(ii) 24 months assisting in the operation of a pressure plant that is satisfactory to the Administrator.
PER Section 22.2(4)

A person who holds a Fired Process Heater Operator’s Certificate of Competency may supervise

(a) a power plant that uses thermal liquid under pressure of a blanketing gas not exceeding 700 kPa between 20kW to unlimited kW,

(b) a power plant that does not produce steam and that uses thermal liquid under pressure of a blanketing gas not exceeding 700 kPa or a water-glycol mixture with a minimum of 40% glycol between 20kW to unlimited kW, operating under reduced supervision or

(c) a thermal liquid heating system plant between 250 kW to unlimited kW.

 

Effective May 01, 2018:
The Administrator has established a new (revised) edition of the Reference Syllabus for the Fired Process Heater Operator Certificate of Competency Examination, the AB-239, Edition 3.

Candidates that have not passed a Fired Process Heater Operator examination after January 01, 2019, will be required to write the examination based on the new syllabus AB-239, Edition 3.

 

Exam Type: 100 multiple choice questions
Writing Time: 3.0 hours
Exam Materials: Safety Codes Act
Power Engineers Regulation
CSA B-51 Boiler and Pressure Piping Code
Passing Grade: 65%

 

A certificate of competency remains valid providing the yearly renewal fee is paid on or before the annual date of issuance.

Last Modified: 6/13/2019 1:54:10 PM