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Power Engineering Third Class

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grande Prairie Regional College

Located in northwestern Alberta, Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) serves over 4,000 students at campuses in Grande Prairie and Fairview. Students at the Grande Prairie campus may choose from certificate or diploma options or begin degrees or professional programs in areas such as arts, commerce, education, physical education, and science. Selected trades programs are also offered. The Fairview campus offers programs and courses in areas such as animal health technology, apprenticeship training, motorcycle repair, power engineering, and pre-employment trades. Several collaborative degrees may be completed at the Grande Prairie campus. Students may complete degrees in nursing or education through the University of Alberta, as well as degrees in computer information systems, commerce, management, or science through Athabasca University. They can complete a degree in social work through the University of Calgary. The Grande Prairie campus is home to a 500-seat concert hall renowned for its architecture and performers. Music instruction is available for students of all ages. Athletic facilities serve competitive teams in basketball, cross-country running, curling, soccer and volleyball. The Grande Prairie campus also provides a library with access to over 76,000 print items and over five million items through consortia membership.


Office of the Registrar
10726 - 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V4C4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Industrial development continues to result in the expansion of the Power Engineer’s responsibilities. Provincial legislation requires the certification of employees before they assume responsibilities in heating and power plants. There are five certificate levels: Fifth, Fourth, Third, Second and First. Each involves qualifying time requirements and SOPEEC, Standardization of Power Engineering Exams Committee examinations (for inter-provincial certificates), administered by the Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA).

GPRC’s Power Engineering is a program with entry and exit points throughout the program. Students can enter at the beginning of the program and continue for two years and finish with a full Interprovincial Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency [issued by Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA). Students may also leave after the Fourth Class portion with a full Fourth Class Interprovincial Power Engineers Fourth Class Certificate of Competency (issued by ABSA). Students who need to complete either portion of the Third Class Power Engineering Certificate of Competency may enter the program at that time and complete either Part A or Part B of the Third Class Interprovincial Power Engineering Certificate of Competency.


The Power Engineering program provides Power Engineering students with three options to complete their training Students new to the Power Engineering field will complete the fourth class program which includes a 12-week work experience to satisfy ABSA requirements for the Fourth Class certification under SOPEEC (Standardization of Power Engineering Exams Committee - the interprovincial exam committee or “Red Seal” authority.

Applicants should have good manual dexterity and good hand-eye coordination since they will be required to operate switches and controls while monitoring instruments. Students should be aware that colour blind testing, physical abilities and communication skills may be required or tested by some employers.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2021/08/01 to 2022/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,573.92 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,791.93 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,454.53 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated July 30, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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