Elevator Mechanic Examination - Applicable from January 13

Elevator Mechanic Examination - Applicable from January 13

The examination is 3 hours long. It consists of 60 questions and each question is worth 1 point. The required passing grade is 60%. The materials supplied for your use during the examination are: a pencil, a paper sheet, a calculator, a ruler and an eraser. No other material or reference document is allowed during the examination.

Skill Content on Which Questions May Be Based

Section 1 – Assembling and installing passenger and freight elevators (45%)

Planning the work:

  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Planning safety measures
  • Selecting the equipment and the correct rigging tool

Installing the passenger or freight elevator

  • Erecting the scaffolding, false car, etc.
  • Verifying shaft measurements
  • Assembling and installing the first components inside the shaft
  • Assembling and installing the equipment (motor, controllers, and pumps)
  • Installing and aligning the cylinder(s), car frames, platform, and counterweight
  • Installing suspension cables, governor cables, and compensating cables
  • Installing speed regulators
  • Putting the platform into temporary operation
  • Installing door frames
  • Installing wiring, ducts, and accessories in the shaft
  • Installing the cabin on the platform and the accessories 
  • Making the final electrical connections

Performing final adjustment and verification:

  • Making the final adjustments and participating in technical tests

Section 2 – Assembling, installing, maintaining, and repairing escalators and moving sidewalks (15%)


  • Interpreting plans and specifications
  • Planning safety measures
  • Selecting the equipment and rigging tools

Installing an escalator or moving sidewalk:

  • Verifying bed measurements 
  • Fixing the equipment permanently
  • Placing the components and assembling the escalator, if necessary
  • Making the electrical connection

Making adjustments and final verifications: 

  • Participate in technical tests

Maintaining an escalator or moving sidewalk: 

  • Verifying the operation of the escalator or moving sidewalk
  • Verifying the moving parts
  • Lubricating and cleaning

Repairing an escalator or moving sidewalk:

  • Replacing worn or broken components

Section 3 – Maintaining, repairing, and modernizing passenger and freight elevators (40%)


  • Interpreting maintenance reports
  • Planning safety measures
  • Selecting the equipment and rigging tools

Maintaining a passenger or freight elevator: 

  • Applying a verification procedure for the cabin
  • Applying a verification procedure in the machine room
  • Applying a verification procedure in the shaft
  • Testing the help call system
  • Testing the telecommunications system
  • Maintaining lifting devices for people with reduced mobility
  • Maintaining freight elevators and materials hoists

Repairing a passenger or freight elevator: 

  • Diagnosing, dismantling, repairing, and reassembling the components
  • Performing tests and making final verifications

Modernizing a passenger or freight elevator: 

  • Dismantling, changing parts to comply with new norms, and reassembling

Samples of questions for provincial qualification examination

Suggested documentation

The suggested documents are an important tool to help you prepare for the examination. However, your best asset to write the exam successfully are the quality and diversity of the skills you have acquired during your apprenticeship.

    • Lifts for Persons with physical disabilities, 5th ed., Mississauga, CSA, 2009, 72 p. 
      (Standard B355-09).
    • Private Residence Lifts for Persons with Physical Disabilities, Mississauga, CSA, 2000, 31 p. (Standard B613-00).
    • Québec Construction Code, Chapter V – Electricity Canadian Electrical code, Part 1 (Twenty-first Edition) with Québec Amendments, Mississauga, CSA, 2010, 652 p. (Standard C22.10-10).
    • Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (Bi-National standard, with ASME A17.1), 1st ed., Mississauga, CSA, 2007, 534 p. (Standard B44-07).
      Phone: 514 428-2418 or 1 800 463-6727
      Fax: 514 694-5001

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