Technician Certification - Frequently Asked Questions

How the program works

Why get certified?

Benefits of Certification for Technicians

  • Certification grants you professional credentials that are portable. Since it recognizes your individual accomplishments, EGSA's certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience on a national level. Because EGSA is a national organization, your certification will follow you from employer to employer and from state to state.  This includes our Apprentice and Journeyman levels of Certification.
  • Certification reflects your knowledge, capabilities, accomplishments, and professionalism. EGSA certification symbolizes a level of personal achievement that confers pride and professional confidence. EGSA certification is a reflection of personal accomplishment because you have demonstrated your commitment to doing things the right way by meeting standards and requirements established by the On-Site Power generation industry. Your EGSA certification will provide assurance that you have the knowledge and expertise to do the job properly.
  • Certification demonstrates your commitment to your profession. Obtaining EGSA certification shows your peers, supervisors and, in turn, the general public, that you are committed to your chosen career and have the ability to perform to set standards.
  • Certification enhances the profession's image. EGSA's certification program seeks to grow, promote and develop certified professionals who can stand "out in front" as individuals who promote excellence and improved customer service and, in turn, build up the reputation of the profession and the industry.
  • Certification can lead to better career opportunities, advancement and increased earnings potential. EGSA certification may give you the "edge" over your non-certified peers when it comes time for promotion. Your EGSA certification will signify that you have demonstrated proficiency in specific technical areas based on accepted standards. Once certified, you may experience increased earnings as a direct result of your certification status—a tangible and objective statement of your capabilities and initiative.
  • Certification may prepare you for greater on-the-job responsibilities. EGSA certification is a clear indication of your willingness to invest in your own professional development. Certified professionals are more aware of their profession’s constantly changing technology, and they have the desire to anticipate and respond to change.

The Exam

What does the test cover?

Developed by Ferris State University in collaboration with EGSA and its technical experts, the certification program and test identify generator technicians who have sufficient knowledge and proficiency in the maintenance and repair of generator sets and On-Site Power generation systems. The EGSA Generator Systems Technician certification test is written to measure the professional’s knowledge and the skills necessary for proficient job performance.

The exam tests the knowledge of the applicant in a wide range of subjects relating to on-site power generation including: Basic Electricity, Prime Movers, Generators/Alternators, Engine Generator Instrumentation and Controls, Governors, Automatic Transfer Switches and Voltage Regulators.  The Journeyman test expands this range to include:  Multiple Generator Switchgear & Controls, Auxiliary Support Systems, System Communications, Troubleshooting System Problems and Startup/Commissioning.  The appropriate study guide covers all the topics that will be tested.


What are the requirements for Recertification?

You must be, or must have been, a certified technician.  However, the certification test and recertification test are, in essence, one-in-the-same. But the test you will take this time is different than the test you took last time - it has been upgraded and reflects recent changes in technology.

Policies and Procedures

Who oversees the Technician Certification Program?

The EGSA Technician Certification Committee, a standing committee of the EGSA Board of Directors, has oversight responsibility. The Committee consists of seven members who have demonstrated an interest in and a commitment to Generator Systems Technician Certification. Members represent a wide cross-section of the industry with three members from the Distributor/Dealer membership classification, two from the Manufacturer membership classification, one member from the EGSA Education Committee and the Chairman.  At least one committee member serves on the EGSA Board of Directors.  All committee members serve three-year staggered terms.

Conflict of Interest - If at any time a Certification Committee member believes that he or she may appear to be unable to maintain professional objectivity on any issue because of a personal situation, employment or other reasons, that member shall disclose the potential conflict to the Certification Committee and shall recuse himself or herself from any position or voting on the subject.