Power Engineers

Power Engineers : Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education, Building and Equipment Safety

In Nova Scotia, anyone who wants to be certified to operate boilers, refrigeration compressors, air or other gas compressors, must have a power engineer certificate. This section contains information on approved programs, course descriptions, testing details, study guides and the certification process. This section also contains the Regulations Respecting Power Engineers, and information on adherence.

General Information

Safety Notifications

Safety Alert: imminent danger to a safety issue, that if not addressed will likely lead to health and safety consequences.

Safety Bulletin: non-imminent danger practices or procedures, which may have a level of safety risk if not addressed as soon as possible.

Safety Directive: an interpretation or application of the act, regulations or standards of the regulation, which require action. A Directive is legally binding and must be followed by the affected parties.

Safety Notice: informative, non urgent, proactive communication on safety issue.


All applications are assessed for approval to challenge the exams. Your application needs to be received on or before the deadline (late applications are not accepted).

You need to send your completed application form to Technical Safety. Include your preferred exam dates on your form (you can find the exam dates in the Exam Schedule). The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency provides the exam dates, but you still need to apply through Technical Safety.

Power Engineers

Refrigeration/Compressor Plant Operators

Registered Plants

Appeals of Orders or Decisions

Any person aggrieved by an order or decision of the Chief Inspector or the Administrator may appeal, in writing, within 15 days of service of the order or receipt of the notice of the decision by the aggrieved person to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Legislation & Regulations