Ask the ExpertProfessional Certification Costs – SK
hri_Admin Staff asked 11 months ago

Is the employer required to pay for professional certifications? If we employ folks who require a specific designation and annual renewals (eg. electricians etc.) are we obligated to pay for these renewals? or is it the responsibility of the employee?

1 Answers
hri_Admin Staff answered 11 months ago

I believe–but am not 100% sure–that employers don’t have to pay for employees to be accredited or renewed unless the employment contract, collective agreement or organization compensation policies specify otherwise. There may also be an express requirement in regulations that are specific to the industry or segment. If you tell me the industry you’re in, I can check whether there are any such regulations in Sask.
Also, I don’t know if it’s relevant in this case, but OHS regulations of some provinces also require employers to pay to have joint health and safety committee members certified.

This is far from my expertise, but I looked around and couldn’t find any legislation or regulation specifically addressing this. So, I strongly suspect that the answer is no. Still, if you can, I might reach out to some other companies and contractors in your industry to find out what they do. And if you find out anything definitive, I’d be grateful if you’d let me know. Thanks and sorry I can’t offer a more authoritative response. Glenn glennd@bongarde.com