25 September 2013

Limited Scope Electrical Work Practitioner Training Program Recognition Update

New Westminster, BC, September 25, 2013—The association for Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) is in the final stages of developing its training program. BCSA anticipates that ASTTBC will make its final submission for approval by the Provincial Safety Manager in the coming weeks. If BCSA recognizes the proposed program, it will pave the way for ASTTBC technologists and technicians in electrical, electronics and biomedical engineering who have successfully completed ASTTBC’s training to receive permission from BCSA to perform a limited-scope of electrical work under a valid permit.

ASTTBC has incorporated industry feedback into its program development to address safety concerns. The revised program increases the minimum requirement for hours of training and practical experience from 480 hours to 1,500 hours, which is in addition to the two years of formal education and 4,000 hours of applied experience required for technologist or technician registration. This change provides improved clarification on the scope of work, and outlines the provision and validation of training. ASTTBC is planning to rollout their program in October 2013.

The Provincial Safety Manager has made clear that ASTTBC members completing the ASTTBC’s training program – if approved – will have to apply for and obtain permission from BCSA before they will be authorized to perform regulated work, within the scope of the proposed credential, and in accordance with Electrical Safety Regulation, Section 4(1)(b). BCSA will recognize proof of completing the ASTTBC training program to qualify for permission. To further address industry’s concerns about safety, BCSA will set terms and conditions on the work that may be performed.

BCSA believes that providing workers with training that promotes safe work and safe work practices enhances safety for the electrical industry and the public. ASTTBC’s proposed training covers those aspects needed for technicians and technologists to safely perform work on or around electrical equipment; these workers will not be trained as electricians and they will not be able to perform the general duties of qualified electrical workers. BCSA’s recognition of this training program will provide additional tools for business owners to have electrical work performed in compliance with the Safety Standards Act.

ASTTBC’s proposed training program will add to the existing training for technologists and technicians and enhance their ability to perform their job duties properly and safely. It will not expand those job duties beyond their current roles; they will still need certification as electricians if they want to perform the more general duties of a qualified electrical worker.

For more information regarding this process, we have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the ASTTBC proposed training program.

Download the news release in PDF format.

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