Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to wait after taking the course to take the Provincial Exam?

No. Technical Safety BC changed the process for the Provincial exams for the 5th, 4th, and RO exams 2 years ago. Students can now take their exams the week following the course in a special seating arranged by TFM Learning Centre.

 

How many months of firing time do I need for my 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate?

The required amount of qualifying time also referred to as firing time for the 4th class is 6 months full time.

 

How many months of firing time do I need for my 5th Class Power Engineering Certificate?

The required amount of qualifying time also referred to as firing time for the 5th Class is 4 months full time.

 

How many months of firing time do I need for my Refrigeration Plant Operator Certificate?

The required amount of qualifying time also referred to as firing time for the RO is 6 months full time.


Does the plant I am currently working at qualify for firing time
?

In order for the plant you are working on to qualify it needs to be at least the same rating as the certificate you are taking or one class above. This means that if you were going to take the 4th class certificate then the plant you are working at would need to be a 5th or 4th class plant. If you are not able to determine this please call and we can assist you in determining your plant capacity.

 

Do I need to take the 4th Class Part (A) course before the 4th Class Part (B)?

You do not need to take the 4th Class Part (A) before the 4th class Part (B). They are two completely different courses each having its own Provincial Exam.

 

Do I need to take the 5th Class Power Engineering Certificate before taking the 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate?

No you do not need to take the 5th before the 4th. However; depending on your work experience it may be more difficult to take the 4th before the 5th. We recommend that students with limited to no experience in the industry take the 5th before the 4th. Call us to talk about your best options.

 

How can you do the course in 3-4 weeks when BCIT, VIU etc take 10 months to do the course?

Our courses are designed for people who are working and cannot afford to take a year off work and go to school. The courses only provide the theory portion of the training requirements and not the practical experience. We have designed our programs around the working individual with limited time. When our course says it is 4 weeks it is actually 12 weeks as students are provided with their books with assignments 2 months before the start of the course. When they arrive for the first day of class they are expected to have read the books and have completed their assignments.