REGINA, SASK. – The Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) has issued sanctions against 22 construction electricians for academic misconduct during apprenticeship technical training.
After an investigation by the SATCC and a third-party investigation firm it was determined the apprentices obtained access to material such as level exams and Red Seal interprovincial certification exams. The misconduct took place from 2015 until 2018 technical training at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus in Moose Jaw, a government of Saskatchewan release stated.
Sanctions will include suspension and cancellation of journeyperson certifications and suspension of apprenticeships for varying lengths of time. The SATCC the ability to suspend or cancel certificates where the organization has reasonable grounds to believe they were obtained fraudulently, according to Section 40 of The Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission Regulations.
The individuals will not be able to work in Saskatchewan during their suspension periods, and construction electricians who possessed electrical licenses have had them suspended for the same period of time as their journeyperson certifications.
The SATCC and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are working together to prevent future instances of academic misconduct, the release said, with the SATCC videotaping all of its exam sittings, senior managers auditing exam and retention of an external investigator to investigate future allegations of academic misconduct. The SATCC also plans to transition from paper to digital exams with enhanced security mechanisms.
The SATCC oversees apprenticeship and trade certification in Saskatchewan, with responsibility for certifying apprentices and tradespeople, regulating the apprenticeship training system and promoting apprenticeship. SATCC uses Saskatchewan Polytechnic as their primary training provider.
A list of the sanctioned electricians can be seen here.