Government of New Brunswick


Apprenticeship training is not available for this occupation.


An individual desiring certification as a journeyperson in New Brunswick in the distribution system operator occupation is required to meet one of the criteria as stipulated in Board Order GC001, "Requirements to Obtain a Certificate of Qualification".

A person who has gained the equivalent of 5400 hours of practical experience in the distribution system operator occupation may apply to challenge the certification examination. Successful candidates will receive a New Brunswick Certificate of Qualification.

For more information, please see the corresponding board order for this occupation under Tasks, Activities and Functions of a Designated Occupation.


Qualified journeypersons are familiar with the materials, tools, principles and skills required in the distribution system operator occupation.

Distribution system operators coordinate the operation and maintenance of the electric utility distribution system up to and including 69 kV. They plan, organize, issue work permits and hold-offs and approve work authorizations and switching plans providing for required operation and maintenance and for appropriate protection of personnel working on the system. They also provide information relating to system outages and provide for prompt restoration of service during major interruptions. Distribution system operators continuously monitor system conditions while providing and maintaining documentation of operation and events to ensure accurate current system status.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Certificate of Qualification Examination
Certificate of Qualification based on "out-of-province journeyperson status"150.002012-08-01
Replacement of Certification Documents20.002013-04-01
Tuition Fees - Technical Training weekly rate85.002013-08-01
Certificate of Qualification Challenger Assessment Fee100.002012-08-01
Replacement of Photo Identification Card20.002012-08-01
Assessment of Foreign Credentials100.002012-08-01