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434A Powerline Technician Certificate of Qualification

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MCS) proposed regulatory amendment to the Licensing of Electrical Contractors and Master Electricians Regulation, (O. Reg 570/05) has been approved and will be effective on July 1, 2011.

The regulatory amendments will assist a group of provisional licence holders who could not meet the prior licensing requirements to transition into the full licensing regime. Effective July 1, 2011, the 434A Powerline Technician Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) will be recognized under section 11 of the Regulation and added to the current list of qualifications accepted under the Master Electrician Licence requirements.  As a result, affected provisional licence holders are now eligible to apply for a Master Electrician licence if all other requirements set out in the regulation are met.

For full details regarding the process for obtaining a Master Electrician licence, please go to the Electrical Contractor Registration Agency website.

If you would like to review the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services' regulatory amendments, please visit e-laws.

For further information related to the administration of the Licensing Regulation, please contact ESA directly via email at, or by calling ESA's Licensing and Certification department at 1-877-ESA-SAFE (1-877-372-7233) – press option "3".

If you would like to learn more about how to obtain a 434A Powerline Technician C of Q or whether you would qualify for this designation, please contact the the Ontario College of Trades apprenticeship office by calling toll-free: 1-855-299-0028 or 647-847-3000 or go to:

Ontario College of Trades toll-free 1-855-299-0028 Toronto 647-847-3000Ontario Regulatory Registry Website

Continuing to Step Forward

The Electrical Safety Authority working in conjunction with an Industry Stakeholder held consultations in 2008 and 2009 with affected stakeholders regarding potential amendments to the regulation. The purpose of the consultations was to develop proposals that could assist companies such as yours who could not meet the current licensing requirements to transition into the full licensing regime.  The final Committee recommendations are outlined in the documents below.

Final Recommendations, Apr 8, 2009Contractors Review Oct. 2008