Step 3: Qualifying for a Waiver
This step informs about conditions under which you may qualify for a waiver of an examination.
Conditions to receive a waiver
The Registrar MAY waive the examination requirement if the qualifying individual meets one of the following conditions:
- The person is currently the qualifying individual for a license in good standing in the same classification for which he or she is applying; or
- The person has been a qualifying individual within the past five years for a license in good standing in the same classification for which he or she is applying; or
- Within the last five years, the person has passed both the Law and Business Examination and the trade examination in the same classification for which he or she is applying.
Additional circumstances under which a waiver of an examination may be requested include:
- The qualifying individual is a member of the immediate family of a licensee whose individual license was active and in good standing for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application.
- The qualifying individual must have been actively engaged in the licensee's business for five of the previous seven years and be applying in the same classification, and the license must be required in order to continue the operations of an existing family business in the event of the absence or death of the licensee.
REMEMBER Requesting an exam waiver does not mean you will be automatically granted the waiver. The Registrar has complete discretion regarding the waiver of an exam.
Waiver application requirements
- Even if you think that you are eligible for an examination waiver, you must complete the experience section of the application to document a minimum of five years of journey-level experience.
- All experience claims must be verified by a qualified and responsible person, such as an employer, fellow employee, other journeyman, contractor, union representative, building inspector, architect or engineer.
- The person verifying your claim must have firsthand knowledge of your experience during the time period being verified; that is, he or she must have observed the work that you have done.
You are not required to document your experience if any of the following conditions exist:
- You are currently a qualifier on a license in good standing in the same classification(s) for which you are applying;
- You have been a qualifier within the past five years on a license in good standing in the same classification(s) for which you are applying; or
- Within the last five years, you have passed both the Law and Business Examination and the trade examination in the same classification for which you are applying, and the license for which you took the examinations was not denied due to lack of work experience.
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