Standardization of Power Engineer Examinations Committee (SOPEEC) is a committee
delegated by, and responsible to, the Canadian Association of Chief Inspectors (ACI).
SOPEEC was formed in 1972 to promote a uniform examination system and improve mobility
of power engineers between member jurisdictions. SOPEEC
is a national committee representing all Canadian jurisdictions and the Federal department
of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). The committee consists
of one representative from each jurisdiction and the HRSDC.
committee elects a Chairperson and an Examination Coordinator to conduct the day-to-day
business activities. The
current Chairperson is Mr. Stephen Townsend
(PEI), Vice Chair is Mr. Suresh Verma (BC), and the Examination
Coordinator is Mr. Parkson Yeung (AB). The Chairperson is responsible for meetings,
minutes and communicating with the ACI. The Coordinator is responsible for a number
of day-to-day functions including examination content.
meets annually in conjunction with the Interprovincial
Power Engineering Curriculum Committee (IPECC) which represents educators, training
providers and industry from across Canada. The two committees work together to
enhance the power engineering program throughout Canada. The
work includes: power engineering program and course curriculum development, development
of examination syllabi and development of recommended reading material.
ACI owns all SOPEEC examination materials and SOPEEC maintains the examination banks
for power engineering certification and promotes the utilization of a uniform national
standard. SOPEEC’s areas of responsibility
include: standardized examination content, development of examination syllabi, and
interprovincial power engineering certification. SOPEEC also strives for standardization
of power engineering regulations throughout Canada. SOPEEC makes recommendations,
regarding qualification, examination and certification of power engineers, to the
ACI which in turn considers and decides on direction.
jurisdictions have the right to use SOPEEC examinations in their power engineering
qualification programs. Jurisdictions
that use SOPEEC examinations agree to abide by the SOPEEC Policy. A
candidate who successfully completes all applicable SOPEEC examination papers and
meets their jurisdiction’s requirements, can acquire a Standardized Certificate. This
certificate is identified by a Standardization Seal or another means adopted by the
issuing jurisdiction. A Standardized Certificate,
issued in accordance with SOPEEC Policy, is recognized by all jurisdictions throughout
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