Licenses & Certificates

Some employees are eligible for a special allowance or reimbursement of the fees for licenses or credentials that are required for doing their job.

Bonuses for Nurses

Nurses are given bonuses based on their academic qualifications that relate to their professional nursing practice. 

Blaster’s Certificate

Employees required to hold a valid British Columbia Blaster's Certificate receive biweekly compensation as follows:

Certificate Compensation

Electrical blasting single series

$15

Safety fuse blasting

$15

Combination of safety fuse blasting and electrical blasting single series

$15

Safety fuse and electrical blasting to rated capacity of blasting machine

$20

Electrical blasting for rated capacity of blasting machine

$20

Seismic

$25

General

$25

First Aid Certificate

If you possess an Occupational First Aid Certificate to perform designated first aid duties the cost of obtaining and renewing this certificate will be paid by your ministry. Paid leave is also provided for attendance at the necessary courses. Designated first aid attendants in the workplace are paid an allowance in addition to their regular pay:

  • Level 3 Occupational First Aid Certificate = $56 per biweekly period
  • Level 2 Occupational First Aid Certificate = $44 per biweekly period 

Power Engineers Certificate

Employees required to hold a valid Power Engineers Certificate that is not required in their classification specification receive a biweekly compensation of $15.

Qualified Registered Professional Fees

To fulfil their job duties, some employees are required to maintain a membership or license with an authority or association as a qualified registered professional. 

Regular employees who have completed their probationary period are reimbursed for professional fees up to the maximum amounts set in the approved professional fee schedule. See the schedule for information on reimbursement exceptions and criteria specific to your employee group. To be reimbursed, submit a Reimbursement of Incidental Expenses (PDF, 87KB) form to your expense authority. 

Additional Earnings for Veterinarians

Qualification Differential for Veterinarians

This pensionable earnings differential allowance (EDA) is paid to veterinarians with relevant postgraduate education or training (as determined by the employer) beyond the doctor of veterinary medicine level. The allowance is not cumulative.

Employees receive an annual payment for the highest level of relevant training or education they possess:

  • Level 1 - $2,000 for postgraduate (DVM) education or training to the diploma or Master’s level
  • Level 2 - $5,000 for postgraduate (DVM) education or training to the PhD or board certification level

Veterinarian Qualification Differential Earnings Code

Hiring managers can add the Veterinarian Qualification Differential (VQD) Earnings Code to the EDA from the Public Service Agency. Hiring managers can add a specified amount that is paid bi-weekly. Payroll can then set up the VQD as additional pay for the specified employee.

There are two levels of payment for this code:

  • Level 1 paid at $ 79.66 biweekly
  • Level 2 paid at $ 191.65 biweekly

Note: the VQD earnings code is not part of base pay. It is prorated for regular and part-time employees. It is not payable to auxiliary employees. Eligible employees are to continue to receive the VQD allowance during leaves with pay, but will not be paid the VQD allowance during leaves without pay. The VQD earnings code is subject to EI, CPP, income tax, superannuation (pension) and union dues.