How to Get EGSA Certification for a Career in Power Generation

The Electric Generating Systems Association (EGSA) oversees the On-Site Power industry and a certification program for engineers, technicians and other personnel who work with electrical generators. The goal of the association is to advance the profession through identifying industry standards and testing for proficiency. The EGSA certification program recognizes students individual accomplishments, and serves as a third party endorsement of your knowledge and experience on a national level. Those who have demonstrated a commitment to doing things the right way by meeting standards and requirements established by the On-Site Power generation industry receive EGSA Certifications. Gen-Tech is a member of EGSA and seeks to promote excellence in the industry by employing EGSA certified technicians.

Learning about Power Generators

The goal of taking the EGSA certification program exam is to establish your identity as a certified systems technician, either at the Apprentice or Journeyman level. In order to complete the program, you will need to study electrical and mechanical systems used by organizations for backup power supply. On-Site Power generation, by definition, encompasses any method of producing electric power that’s used on or near the site. It includes alternative energy equipment used to generate solar and wind power.

One of the best ways to stay up to date with the electric power industry is to read EGSA’s flagship publication, Powerline Magazine. It’s an essential source for keeping up with news, trends, regulations, codes, and standards. The publication aims to reach engineers, service technicians, and distributors, as well as sales agents, in the power generation industry. The magazine will keep you informed on trade shows where you can expand your knowledge and contacts further.

EGSA has developed a two-tiered school system for learning power generation. The Basic Program deals with the fundamentals of electricity and industrial equipment such as generators/alternators, automatic voltage regulators, starting systems, and transfer switches. Meanwhile, the Advanced Program covers more advanced equipment, system protection, engine emissions, noise control and communications.

Passing the EGSA Exam

EGSA’s Technician Certification Committee revised the program in 2014 to include an Apprentice level certification. They also revised the Journeyman level exam and established a higher passing score. These changes have helped raise the credibility of the certification, thereby improving the quality of industry personnel. Another reason for the upgrade was to include new technology in the exam.

The Apprentice certification, which is valid for three years, provides proof to employers that the candidate has developed the basic necessary skills to be a technician. When you earn a passing grade on the Journeyman exam, it lets employers know that you’ve met or exceeded at least three years of practical field experience. This certification is valid for five years. Once you have completed the test you can check your status by contacting Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The certificate states the level of Apprentice or Journeyman and includes the dates of efficacy.


Gaining EGSA certification is crucial for technicians who seek employment at On-Site Power generation companies. The certification provides credibility on a national level, separating you from novices. It demonstrates your commitment to learn the industry, giving you an edge in career opportunities. Contact us at Gen-Tech to learn more about getting your EGSA certification and pursuing a rewarding career in On-Site Power generation

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