General Info & FAQs

“ABSA has developed an internet website that will allow Power Engineers and In-Service Inspectors access to their information that is securely stored with ABSA.
To obtain your internet access please email generalinq@absa.ca with the following information:

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

Please note that once you have activated your account online, all correspondence regarding examinations and renewals will be sent by email.
When you first access the site, you will be required to change your PIN and select from a set of security pictures. Your ID, PIN and security picture choice will be required every time you sign on to the information pages. It is your responsibility to keep logon information confidential.

You will be able to see your personal information, schedule examinations, view examination results, view your certificate expiry date as well as renew your certificate and print off copies of your renewal card.

You will be able to submit changes to your personal information. Changes to your name or date of birth will still need additional verification, with copies of appropriate certification provided to the ABSA office.
If you have trouble logging in, please email generalinq@absa.ca

The Administrator has established a seven year time limit for Power Engineering examinations that candidates have passed and operating experience that candidates have obtained.

Examination syllabi are reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis. Examinations papers required for power engineer certifications will be valid for seven years from the date an examination paper was passed. Seven years after an examination paper was passed, it can no longer be considered towards higher certification and the examination paper will have to be written again.

Regarding work experience, legislation, technology, machinery, power engineering examination and syllabi, and power plant operating processes are continually changing and improving. The validity of power engineering operating experience decreases with the passage of time and at some point becomes meaningless in the interest of public safety. Operating experience older than seven years will not be accepted for higher level of certification. To continue with certification, applicants will have to re-submit up-to-date pressure equipment work experience.

When examinations from other Canadian jurisdictions are requested to be verified, any examinations that have been passed more than seven years prior will not be accepted by ABSA.

Examinations that have been passed in Alberta, seven or more years prior, will not be verified for other Canadian jurisdictions.

This new policy will be effective on July 1, 2012.

Contact ABSA’s Examination and Certification Department at 780-437-9100 for Edmonton area or outside Edmonton area at 1-888-454-3926 or email power.engr.cert@absa.ca.

Section 28(g) of the Power Engineers Regulation provides for disqualification of a candidate for failure of any 3 papers in succession in any examination.

The Administrator establishes policy for disqualifications due to consecutive failures of examination papers. The disqualification time starts at the last failed examination date. A summary of disqualification guidelines follows:

  1. Failure of any 3 examination papers in succession will receive a 6 month disqualification from writing any further papers of that examination.
  2. Subsequent failures of any examination papers in succession will each receive a further 6 months disqualification.
  3. Candidates are not permitted to schedule examination papers for situations where they have potential to be under disqualification at the scheduled examination date.
  • Candidates with 2 consecutive failures may not schedule more than one paper in advance.
  • Candidates with one failure may not schedule more that two papers in advance.
  • No candidate may schedule more than 3 papers in advance.
  1. The time period under consideration for failed papers is 2 years. Failed examination papers older than 2 years are not considered in determination of disqualification from writing future examination papers.
  2. Any exam results achieved outside of the Province of Alberta during a penalty period are not transferable to Alberta for Power Engineer certification during the penalty period.

The 6 month disqualifications are minimum penalties. The Administrator may impose a disqualification for up to 12 months, if deemed appropriate.

If applicants in a penalty situation attempt to apply for examination on-line, they will receive a message stating they are in a penalty situation and will be unable to schedule the examination during the penalty period. Applicants in a penalty situation using the AB-66 form to apply for examination will be contacted and advised that they cannot be scheduled during the penalty period.

If you have any questions regarding Power Engineers examinations, you can contact our Edmonton office Examination Department toll free at 1-888-454-Exam (1-888-454-3926) for outside the Edmonton area, 780-437-9100 for the Edmonton area or exams@absa.ca.

What can I do if dissatisfied with the results of an application regarding certification?
In obtaining certification as a power engineer, in-service pressure equipment inspector, or a welding examiner a candidate may apply for various things in the process of achieving the certification. Following are a number of examples of these things:

  • Certification examinations
  • Recognition for operating and inspection experience
  • Post-secondary education
  • Technical training
  • Assessment of foreign certification, qualifications and work experience
  • Examination accommodations to address the effects of a disability
  • The results of an examination re-mark after using form AB-242
  • Temporary certification
  • Reduction in penalties that have been assessed to challenge examinations.

ABSA has procedures for review and consideration of all the above examples and we consider each situation with a great deal of care. Despite our careful consideration a candidate may not be satisfied with the results of our assessment. A candidate may also believe that our policies are unfair or out of date.

What you can do?
First, contact the ABSA Safety Codes Officer (SCO) who provided the decision to ensure that you understand the decision accurately and that there is no additional information you could provide that could change the decision.
Next, if you are still dissatisfied, send an email to the Manager of Examinations and Certification (ManagerEC@ABSA.ca) to express your concerns. Please include the following information in your email.

  • Your ABSA file number (if you have one)
  • The decision you received that is the source of your dissatisfaction and the date the decision was made
    o What did you ask or apply for?
    o What response did you receive?
    o Why is the response not to your satisfaction?
  • Did you attempt to resolve your dissatisfaction with the SCO providing the decision?
  • Is there additional information that you can provide that might influence the original decision?

You will hear back from us shortly.

We are always looking for ways to improve the service we provide our clients without compromising our commitment to public safety. Your concerns are important.

 

A candidate is allowed to use, and may be provided, the following items in the examination room:

  • The Safety Codes Act and Regulations under the Safety Codes Act ;
  • CSA B51, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code;
  • CSA B52, Mechanical Refrigeration Code;
  • ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes except for Sections VI and VII;
  • The 2007 ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract and Supplement produced by PanGlobal Training Systems;
  • ASME/ANSI B31.1 Pressure Piping Code and B31.3 Process Piping Code;
  • Handbook of Formula and Physical Constants, Steam Tables and Refrigeration Tables are normally provided;
  • A non-technical English language dictionary;
  • Pens and pencils;
  • Non-programmable calculator and
  • Drawing instruments and drawing templates.
  • (Normally, the above items are useful for all classes of examination)

Note:

  • The candidate must provide picture ID to the Examiner prior to the examination.
  • No cell phone or any electronic communication devices are allowed to be brought into the examination room.
  • The reference material listed in the examination syllabus is permitted to be used on the exam.
  • Highlighting and tab sections are allowed in reference material.
  • No other reference material is allowed.
  • The information in the 1983 Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Academic Extract is outdated. Using this 1983 Edition of the ASME Extract for any power engineering examination is not recommended. Besides using the 2007 Edition of the ASME Academic Extract and Supplement, candidates may use the current edition of the ASME Code.

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