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Training, Certification & Examination
TSSA is responsible for the certification and examination of operating engineers and operators to confirm their qualifications. These activities ensure that all operating engineers and operators in Ontario have the skills and knowledge to safely manage, operate and maintain registered power plants.
TSSA, in conjunction with the Operating Engineers Advisory Council and stakeholders update certification requirements on an on-going basis to ensure the safety of engineers and operators, plants and the public.
Power Plant operation falls under the Technical Standards and Safety Act 2000 and its related Operating Engineers Regulation 219/01. TSSA, in conjunction with the Operating Engineers Industry Council and stakeholders update certification requirements on an on-going basis to ensure the safety of Engineers and Operators, Plants and the public.
TSSA Certification Examination Preparation Guide
Examinations Disability Accommodation ProcedureExamination requirements for Compressor and Refrigeration
Operator certificates changed January 1, 2016.
The essay format
requirement for Compressor and Refrigeration Operator B has been eliminated, and
Refrigeration Operator A exams no longer include a multiple-choice component. Please
refer to the chart below for details.
- 150 multiple-choice questions
Refrigeration Operator B
- 150 multiple-choice
Refrigeration Operator A
- Essay-type, consisting of
The Operating Engineer Chief Officer’s decision to enact
these changes reduces the burden on those entering the profession without
compromising safety or efficacy of the process.
These changes harmonizes Ontario requirements with all other
Canadian jurisdictions (British
Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and
Labrador) who regulate the ‘Refrigeration B’ industry, and subscribe to the
SOPEEC singular examination model.
remaining jurisdictions, with the exception of Quebec, which has adopted
different standards, do not regulate the refrigeration industry.
What does this mean
If you’ve successfully written your
RB-1 or C-1 exam, and met all other prerequisites for certification, you are
now eligible for certification!
registered and paid to write the exam. Will I get a refund?
No. The fee you’ve paid will be applied
toward the cost of your Operator initial certification fee. Please contact the Certification and
Examinations department at 416-734-3590 for more information.
What does this mean
More qualified certificate holders
available to meet local demand.
If you have any
questions, please contact TSSA’s Certification and Examination department at
416-734-3590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note to Candidates Writing the 3rd Class Power Engineer Certification Examinations
The format for the 3B1 Power Engineering examination paper is changing from essay to multiple-choice format – in line with other third class exams.
The planned implementation date to administer the 3B1 examination in a multiple-choice format is January 1, 2016.
This change will only involve the format of the 3B1 exam. Whether administered in essay or multiple-choice format, the syllabus, pass mark and time to write the exam remains the same.
Be sure to check the SOPEEC website for progress updates on the implementation process.
Please note that effective
September 1, 2014, all examination results correspondence will be sent
via email. Please ensure that TSSA has your most current email
address. If you are expecting a results letter and have not received
it, please check your spam file. Labour Mobility
The Government of Ontario recently implemented the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009
to allow an individual certified for a specific occupation in one province or territory to be recognized for the same or matched certification in another – without additional material training, experience, examinations or assessments.
To learn more about labour mobility, please refer to:
Labour Mobility Page for Operating Engineers
Under Operating Engineers Regulation (O.Reg. #219/01), TSSA regulates the policies and procedures for the following certifications: