Become certified as a 4th Class Power Engineer

Until recently, individuals interested in pursuing training to become a 4th class power engineer had to take programs like those offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic after they graduated high school. To help meet the immediate and increasing demand for power engineers, the Sun West Distance Learning Centre (DLC) in cooperation with Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon, developed an online program to train students to become a power engineer outside a standard classroom. This program is recognized by the Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK) and upon completion, a student is qualified to begin employment as 4th class power engineer.

Online component:

The program includes four online high school credit courses taught by Carla Lorer, a teacher who is also a 4th class power engineer. There is an exam following the completion of the first two courses and then again after the second two courses. For certification purposes, students require a mark of 65% or more on each exam. There will be a fee for both exams, which are administered by TSASK.

Read more about the online component including course descriptions.

Lab component

Certification as a 4th class power engineer requires 200 hours of hands-on training. While taking online classes, The DLC program provides students with the option of to participate in six week-end steam time labs provided by Jim Noseworthy, a third class power engineer with over 30 years of industry experience. The labs take place in either Outlook or Kindersley and provide 80 hours of mandatory hands-on training.

Read more about the Lab component.

Steam time

Once a student has successfully completed the DLC online and lab components, an additional 120 hours of hands-on training known as steam time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Saskatoon campus) is still required for certification. These steam time hours take place over a designated three-week period in July. Although this training takes place on the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus and is delivered by Saskatchewan Polytechnic instructors, DLC staff will help to coordinate the logistics and support students through the registration process.

The cost of steam time will be approximately $2500. This cost is significantly lower than the standard costs for steam time due to the 80 hours of training provided by the DLC through the lab component.

Signing up for courses

Signing up for a Power Engineering course requires a DLCgo account. If you have taken DLC courses in the past you will already have an account and can click here to sign in.

If you have not taken a DLC course in the past, you will need to create a DLCgo account in order sign up. Click here to sign up for a DLCgo account.

More information about training to become a Power Engineer

Read about fees and other costs related to the DLC Power Engineer program.

Read about 3rd Class Power Engineering programs.

Read about Max Eckstein, who successfully completed the DLC 4th Class Power Engineering Program.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Kurtis Heath
Sun West Distance Learning Centre
Ph: 306-252-1000