Power Engineer



Who is the issuing authority for certification of power engineers in Alberta?

In Alberta, power engineers are certified through the Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA). Standardized certification exam results are accepted in all Canadian provinces and territories.

What are the certification requirements for internationally educated Power Engineers?

There are five standardized levels of certification (Class) for power engineers. Each level of certification has different training and employment experience requirements. 

As a regulatory requirement, Power Engineers are required to meet all certification requirements despite experience. 

Internationally educated Power Engineers must 

2. Pass the Documentation Evaluation Interview 

3. Write and pass the Class 4 exam 

4. Progress through Class 3, 2, and 1 exams as evaluated by ABSA or experience allow 

For more complete information, visit the Foreign Qualifications page on the ABSA website.

What are the educational requirements for Power Engineers in Alberta?

Power engineering programs and continuing education courses are offered by the following post-secondary institutions in Alberta: 

Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie 

Keyano College in Fort McMurray 

Lakeland College in Lloydminster 

Lethbridge College in Lethbridge 

Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat 

Northern Lakes College in Grouard 

Portage College in Lac La Biche 

Red Deer College in Red Deer 

SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary

What are the accepted English language proficiency tests and where can I be tested?

There are no formal English requirements for Power Engineers; however, Power Engineers must have a high level of English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in order to be successful in the profession. To learn more about where to take an English language proficiency test in Alberta, visit English Language Proficiency Tests and Locations.

What supports are available to support internationally educated professionals to integrate into the Canadian labour force?

Directions for Immigrants offers Clear Communications for Business to help you integrate into the Canadian work force. Topics include Active Listening, Assertiveness, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Visit the Job Success Groups on the Study Groups page for more information on this service and eligibility criteria.

What information resources are available for Power Engineers?

Alberta Boiler Safety Association (ABSA) 

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