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At the 2022 Association of Chief Inspectors meeting it was agreed that, effective January 1, 2023, the 2A3 power engineering examination paper will only be administered in the multiple-choice format. This is a continuation of an initiative to move towards multiple choice examinations at the 2nd class level.

With proven success at the 3rd and 4th class level, converting the 2nd class examinations to a multiple choice format will continue to provide a comprehensive level of testing of the subject material and ensure that candidates are tested on all areas of the syllabus.

The syllabus and pass mark of the 2A3 examination will not change. The amount of questions on the examination has been set at 100. There will be no difference between passing the 2A3 examination in essay format or multiple-choice format for credit towards 2nd class certification.

Please follow updates on the SOPEEC website with regards to this implementation process as well as the process for any further examination changes. If you have any questions please contact the SOPEEC Coordinator of Examinations, Tom Leming, at

Oct 31/14 Brief SOPEEC 2017 Revised 4th Class Syllabus
Oct 31/14 Reorganization to the SOPEEC 4th Class Syllabus
Jul 8/14 2014 IPECC Presentation
Oct 11/13 Notice of Examination for 3B1 exams
July 9/13 Power Engineering Safety Through Certification – Dr. K. Lau.
July 9/13 2012 National Statistics
April 4/13 New chapter on corrosion for the 2nd Class Part A Paper 2 will be available on July 1, 2013
April 4/13 Examination of New 2nd Class Syllabus Topic on Corrosion
June 25/12 2011 National Statistics
July 11/11 Old First Class Reminder
June 28/11 2010 National Statistics
Feb 2/11 Updated Curriculum for Revised Second Class
Feb 1/11 Revised 1st Class Part A
Revised 1st Class Part B
Revised 2nd Class Part A
Revised 2nd Class Part B
Jan 11/11 Deadline For Writing Old First Class Exams – Aug 31, 2011
Jan 6/11 How to Write a SOPEEC Multiple Choice Exam
Oct 26/10 Revised Second Class Syllabus addition to section 5 (g)
Jul 12/10 Presentation on 2010 Exams and 2009 National Statistics
Jun 30/10 Using the 2004 and 2007 Edition of the ASME Academic
Extracts for SOPEEC Examinations
Jun 25/09 Presentation on 2009 Exams & 2008 National
May 5/09 Refrigeration Operator Syllabus
Nov 28/08 First Class Curriculum, Second Class Curriculum,
  Third Class Curriculum, Fourth Class Curriculum,
  Fifth Class Curriculum
Nov 25/08 Updated Questions for Revised First Class
Apr 3/08 Calculation Question Marking Guidelines
June 5/07 Examination Syllabus Charts for Power Engineers
Mar 15/07 First Class Power Engineers Examination
Jan 2/07 SOPEEC History
Jan 2/07 5th Class Exam Effective 2007
Oct 19/06 Quebec has joined SOPEEC
July 25/06 Quebec Applies to Join SOPEEC
July 25/06 Top Power Engineering Student
June 30/06 Deadlines for Writing Old First Class Examination
June 30/06 Update for Revised First Class Syllabus
June 30/06 Deadline for Writing Old Second Class Examination
June 30/06 Techniques In Improving Power Engineers Exam Marks
June 30/06 Comparison of Revised First Class Syllabus
June 23/06 Implementation of the Revised First Class Syllabus
Feb 7/05 Implementation of Revised Second Class Syllabus