If you are a gas fitter and want to get your gas certificate of qualification you must write and pass the applicable exam.
- Gasfitters moving to BC (within Canada or from another province)
- Gasfitters moving to BC from another country
If you are a gas contractor, currently there are no written exams to take.
Applying for your exam
- A pass certificate from a recognized approved course in BC and,
- All conditions detailed in Division 2 of the Gas Safety Regulation.
Class B students must also provide:
- A clear copy of a TQ in plumbing, refrigeration, steamfitting, sprinkler fitting or,
- An approved apprentice program transcript showing that you’ve completed enough work hours to reach the appropriate program level.
Submit applications and exam fees in person at any BCSA office. For more information, call 1-866-566-7233.
For exam fees, please refer to the Gas Fee Schedule.
Exam Syllabus/Requirements - Gas Certification of Qualifications
To understand the scope of learning for gas exams, please review the appropriate document:
Class A Gas Fitter Certificate of Qualification - Effective May 1, 2011
Class B Gas Fitter Certificate of Qualification – 2004 (for Class B Gas Fitters that completed their training or were in an approved training program before April 1, 2009)
Class B Gas Fitter Certificate of Qualification – 2009 (for Class B Gas Fitters 120 kW that completed their training after April 1, 2009)
Gas Appliance Service Certificate of Qualification (Formerly Class C)
LPG Vehicle Conversion Certificate of Qualification (new certification and requirements - effective September 1, 2013). In addition, to the standard past requirements (full details in syllabus), an individual must successfully complete a Manufacturer(s) Conversion Kit training course and be issued a certificate. Once successfully passing the course, please present your Manufacturer(s) Certificate at a BC Safety Authority office. BCSA will then issue an LPG Vehicle Conversion Certificate of Qualification.
New certification requirements - effective July 1, 2015
Scope of work of certification without endorsement(s) is limited to service, inspection and maintenance only. Installation and or alteration of approved compressed natural gas vehicle fuel systems require an additional endorsement specific to the applicable manufacturer’s fuel system.* Approved training must be acquired on specific system(s) and an appropriate record of successful completion provided to BCSA. The endorsement will then be attached to the individual’s certification. In some cases multiple endorsements may be required . Certification does not entitle the holder to work on CNG related systems as part of an LNG equipped vehicle. An LNG endorsement must be acquired for this purpose and attached to the CNG automotive technician certification.
*Specific manufacturers must apply to BCSA in advance for approval of training programs prior to delivering programs for the purpose of certification endorsement
For prerequisites in all other classifications, please refer to Division 2 in the Gas Safety Regulation.
Class A prerequisites
To gain the Class A certificate of qualification, you must have held the Class B qualification for at least two years. You must have also completed a training course recognized by the provincial safety manager. For more information on where to find those courses, please review the Industry Training Authority’s list of training providers.
Class B prerequisites
To gain the Class B certificate of qualification, you must have credentials in plumbing, steamfitting, refrigeration or sprinkler fitting from an institution recognized by the provincial safety manager. You could also be a trainee in a recognized gas fitting program. For more information on which courses qualify, please review the Industry Training Authority’s list of training providers.
You can also get your Class B certificate of qualification if you have held a gas utility certificate of qualification for at least two years.
Work place hour requirement to schedule Class B certification exam for gas apprenticeship programs
Requirements - Class B Exam – Domestic/Commercial Gas Fitter – Level 2 Program
- An ITA registered apprentice in the Domestic/Commercial Gas Fitter Program must have completed levels 1 and 2 of technical training.
- ITA transcript must be provided by the client prior to scheduling the exam to demonstrate both levels* of trades training and a minimum of the first year of workplace hours (1800 hours min /3600 total); or
- Be named on an official class list* provided by an approved training institution – for last level (2nd) technical verification.
*All transcripts/class lists to be verified by BCSA prior to being approved for examination.
Requirements - Class B Exam – Domestic/Commercial Gas Fitter - Piping Trades Level 4 Programs
- Be an ITA registered apprentice in plumbing, steam fitting, sprinkler fitting or refrigeration mechanic.
- Successfully completed all 4 levels of technical training* with a minimum of 3 years workplace hours achieved, indicated by transcript or
- Plumbing** 6420 hrs total = 4815 min
- Steam Fitting 5620 hrs total = 4215 min
- Sprinkler Fitting 5680 hrs total = 4260 min
- Refrigeration Mechanic 7220 hrs total = 5415 min
- Be named on an official class* list provided by an approved training institution – for last (4th) level technical verification.
- Sprinkler fitting does not include a gas fitting component, they must either serve a Gasfitting Apprenticeship or take a Class B upgrade program (TQ holder part time course).
- Official program transcript* must be provided by the client (when scheduling the exam) with their gas exam application form.
*All transcripts/class lists to be verified by BCSA prior to being approved.
**Plumbers registered prior to Jan 1, 2011 have the same workplace hour requirement as a steam fitter.
Recreational Vehicle Technician Certification Requirements
Prior to being approved to schedule and write the RV Technician Gas Certification exam with BC Safety Authority, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
- Be registered as a trainee (apprentice) in an RV service technician apprenticeship program.
- Complete levels 1 and 2 of technical training which includes the propane component and at least 2 years (3000) workplace hours.
- This needs to be verified through documentation prior to being approved to schedule and write the exam
- Provide proof of prerequisites with an Official Program Transcript which must show levels 1 and 2 of trades training achieved and a minimum of the first 2 years of workplace hours achieved.
After Jan 1, 2015 without examination:
- The applicant will provide proof of red seal completion by providing an Official ITA Program Transcript which must show all program requirements achieved, or ITA red seal Certificate of Qualification (TQ)
- If all requirements are met by the applicant the certification fee can then be paid, the BCSA exam requirement waived, and the Gas RV Certificate of Qualification issued.