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Power Engineering Third Class
Program Type Standard
Credential Type Certificate
Length 1 Year or Less
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
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.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.
Tuition $7,740.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,792.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $1,406.00 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.
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Updated November 07, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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