Water Stewardship


Frequently Asked Questions: Registration of Qualified Well Drillers and Qualified Well Pump Installers


Q1: Why do we need to have qualified well drillers and well pump installers operating in the province?

A1: Effective November 1, 2004, the Water Act required that certain types of work related to ground water and wells in British Columbia will need to be performed by qualified well drillers or qualified well pump installers. Well construction and installing pumps in wells require the specialized knowledge of qualified well drillers or qualified well pump installers to safeguard ground water sources and prevent situations where ground water may be adversely affected.

Q2: How do I become registered as a Qualified Well Driller or Qualified Well Pump Installer?

A2: Submit an application form for registration as a Qualified Well Driller or Qualified Well Pump Installer to the Deputy Comptroller indicating that you are at least 19 years of age and hold one of the following:

Qualified well driller

  1. A certificate as a Water Well Driller issued by the Province of British Columbia
  2. An equivalent certificate issued by another province or territory of Canada
  3. A certificate as a Ground Water Drilling Technician issued by the Canadian Ground Water Association

Qualified well pump installer

  1. A certificate as a Well Pump Installer issued by the Province of British Columbia (this option currently not available)
  2. An equivalent certificate issued by another province or territory of Canada
  3. A certificate as a Ground Water Pump Technician of a particular class issued by the Canadian Ground Water Association

Applications must contain the following information:

  1. Completed signed and dated application
  2. Proof of Qualification (ie., your certificate)
  3. Copy of certificate(s)
  4. Copy of proof of age (e.g., driver’s licence, passport, birth certificate)

Download an Application >>> Application


Q3: How can I get certified?

A3: You may get certified by completing the requirements for:

As a well driller

Industry Training Authority – Province of BC

Certificate of Qualification as a Water Well Driller issued by the Province of British Columbia. Contact the Industry Training Authority at Suite 110, 2985 Virtual Way, Vancouver, B.C. V5M 4X7, Tel: 778-328-8700, Toll Free 1-866-660-6011, e-mail: customer service@itabc.ca, web page: http://www.itabc.ca/
 
Equivalent Certification

Upon receipt of a certificate from another province or territory, the Comptroller will determine if it is deemed equivalent. Red Deer College’s (Province of Alberta) Water Well Driller certificate is an example of an equivalent certificate.

As a well pump installer

Industry Training Authority – Province of BC

There is currently no provincial certification process for well pump installers.

Equivalent Certification

Upon receipt of a certificate from another province or territory, the Comptroller will determine if it is deemed equivalent.


Q4: Does the Ground Water Protection Regulation recognize certification from other provinces?

A4:
Yes. Certificates from other provinces or territories of Canada are accepted if they are deemed equivalent to the certificates issued from the Province of BC or the Canadian Ground Water Association. It is the responsibility of the Comptroller to determine if a certificate from another province or territory is deemed equivalent.

Q5: What is my responsibility under the Water Act and Ground Water Protection Regulation once I become registered?

A5: Your responsibility is to conduct your work as a well driller or well pump installer in accordance with the Water Act and Ground Water Protection Regulation (GWPR).
To view information on Part 5 of the Water Act governing Wells and Ground Water Protection Regulations.
Read More >>>GW Protection Regulation

Q6: Are there any fees associated with registration?

A6: No. Registration is free. Even the registration card you receive upon registration is free.

Q7: Can a person ever be taken off the register for shoddy work?

A7: Currently, a well driller or well pump installer can only be taken off the register if they fail to meet a requirement for registration (e.g., falsify evidence or experience), fail to maintain a requirement for registration, is no longer actively working in Canada as a well driller or well pump installer or is deceased.

Q8: What does “fails to maintain a requirement for registration” mean?

A8: When you registered you showed proof of certification. Some certifying bodies have set out requirements for maintaining this certification. For example, the Canadian Ground Water Association requires that individuals maintain association membership and continuing education credits in order to stay certified. If a Canadian Ground Water Association individual does not maintain these requirements they will no longer be considered certified. Once that occurs, they have “failed to maintain a requirement for registration” and will be removed from the register of Qualified Well Drillers or Qualified Well Pump Installers.

This is government’s way of recognizing the standards set out by the certifying bodies.

Q9: What are the consequences if I do not register or get removed from the register?

A9: If you do not register or if you get removed from the register, you will not be recognized as a qualified well driller or qualified well pump installer. Under the Water Act and Ground Water Protection Regulation only qualified well drillers or qualified well pump installers are permitted to do certain types of work related to ground water and wells in British Columbia. You are, however, permitted to work under the direct supervision of a qualified well driller, qualified well pump installer, or qualified professional with competency in the field of hydrogeology.

If you are found to be working without direct supervision you will be deemed to be in contravention of the Water Act and the GWPR and will be subject to the Ministry’s enforcement procedures.