British Columbia has run a successful Assayers Certification Program since 1895. Authorized in the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Act (Sect 14 - 21) the program ensures that assayers practicing in British Columbia meet the high standards of competency required by the mining and securities industries. The program is unique because B.C. is the only mining jurisdiction in the world which requires assayers to pass a rigorous practical examination for certification. Candidates are examined by an independent Board of Examiners, appointed by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and drawn from educators and industry. Since 1995 the program has been administered by a partnership between government, the assaying industry and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Further information about certification requirements, and assayer training may be found on the British Columbia Assayers Certification Program webpage.