Stationary Engineer Technician diplomas are what you get when you graduate from an accredited education institution.
Tickets and certificates are similar to each other in that they are a piece of paper from a government authority or regulatory board indicating you are in compliance with their regulations and have been deemed educated in the technology and competent to perform the tasks of a Stationary Engineer 4th Class, 3rd Class, 2nd Class, or 1st Class. In some states there are fewer regulator restrictions. In most states you will require certification or a diploma as a Stationary Engineer. In some states you may not need a diploma or certificate. However, any one who does have a diploma has a marked advantage over those that don't. Those with a diploma are often chosen over those that have many years of experience and no deploma.
In Canada you will require a certificate
to be eligible to work as a Power Engineer
Technologist or Stationary Engineer anywhere in the
country. Depending on your situation, you may
write exams for your diploma and get government
certification or ticket within days of each other so
you don't have to re-study for your certification exam
again months down the road. That's the smart way. Try
your best to line it up that way. You are examined on
the same material in both so, it makes sense to do it
that way. Taking the S.A.I.T. or The
Institute for the Uniform Licensing of Power
Engineers course material and
writing their exams counts as steam time (or
apprenticeship time) towards different levels of
certification and in some cases allows you to write
off your 4th and 3rd Class certificates immediately
upon completion of your S.A.I.T. courses.
Contact your local technical institute or government
labor department to get definitive answers to all your
questions as to what is required by law in your
jurisdiction for certificates
before making any moves.
Contact either of these authorities for
State Side information on Stationary Engineer and
Power Engineer tickets
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