Effective January 1, 2021, the well technician licence application fee increased to $75. This brings Ontario’s wells program fees more in line with other Canadian provinces and helps recover a portion of the increasing costs of the licensing program.

Working on wells

By law, to construct, repair or upgrade a well, you must:

  • have a valid well technician licence of the correct class
  • work under the authority of a valid well contractor licence holder

For exemptions, refer to the Ontario Water Resources Act or the Wells Regulation.

The licensing of well contractors and technicians promotes and supports enforcement of safe environmental practices to maintain the health of Ontario’s groundwater resources.

Your licence expires on March 31, after the year it has been issued. For example, if your licence was issued in 2020, it will expire on March 31, 2021.

What it takes to get a licence

To become a licensed technician, you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • meet the education and/or work experience pre-requisites
  • fill out and send in an application form
  • pay the application fees
  • successfully complete the licensing exam

Before you apply for a licence

Before you apply for a licence, you must meet certain prerequisites:

Complete a director-approved course

You must complete a director-approved course of study for Classes 1 to 5.

Sir Sandford Fleming College and Lusk Geo Inc. offer the only ministry wells director-approved training courses at this time.

Have work experience

For Classes 1 to 4, the relevant work experience and other qualifications are:

  • a minimum of 4,000 hours of work experience — assisting or doing the activity for each class you are applying for with your technician licence application or combination of work experience and other qualifications

For Class 5, the relevant work experience and other qualifications are:

  • a minimum of 1,000 hours of work experience — assisting or doing the activity related to the licence you are applying for or combination of work experience and other qualifications
  • this gets reduced to 500 hours if you're a member of either the:
    • Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario as an engineer-in-training (EIT),
    • Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario as a geoscientist-in-training (GIT), or
    • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists as a technician or technologist-in-training (CTIT)

Licence classes

There are five separate licence classes. You can apply for one or several on the application form. Each class authorizes you to perform a specific activity.

Class 1: well drilling

Construct or supervise the construction of a well using well drilling equipment, including:

  • rotary drilling equipment — standard, reverse, air, mud and air percussion
  • cable tool — churn and percussion
  • diamond drilling equipment

Class 2: well digging and boring

Construct or supervise the construction of a well with:

  • non-powered equipment
  • a back-hoe
  • power shovel
  • augering equipment

Class 3: other well construction

Construct or supervise the construction of a type of well described in the licence, by only the methods or equipment specified in the licence.

Class 4: pump installation

Install and supervise the installation of a pump in or connected to wells.

Class 5: monitoring, sampling, testing and non-powered construction

  • install and supervise the installation of monitoring, sampling or testing equipment in a well, other than equipment used to test the yield of the well or the aquifer
  • install and supervise the installation of pumps in a test hole or dewatering well for monitoring, sampling or testing purposes
  • construct and supervise the construction of test holes and dewatering wells by any method that doesn’t use powered equipment

Apply for a licence

Before you start, gather all relevant supporting materials, including certificates of education and letters of reference.

To apply for a well technician licence, mail a package that includes:

  • the completed application form
  • proof of mandatory training (for example, a certificate of education or academic record)
  • proof of relevant work experience (for example, a letter of reference)
    • a letter of reference could be from your:
      • your current or past employers
      • clients – if you’re self-employed
    • letter of reference should include:
      • name of employer/well contractor
      • dates of employment
      • type of employment (e.g. full/part-time, number of hours)
      • duties and responsibilities relating to the licence and class being requested
      • consent to contact the individual who supervised the work
      • copies of well records — if completed/applicable
  • the fee

Mail your package to the address on the application form.

Fee to apply

The fee is $75 for a licence with one class plus $20 per each additional class.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Licensing exam

After you’ve submitted your application form and paid the required fee, you must successfully complete a licensing exam.

You need to:

  • mail the exam application form to the address on the form
  • pay the applicable fees
  • set up an appointment for your exam
  • complete and pass the exam

You’ll be notified of the time and date of your appointment (by email or fax) at least seven days before the exam.

If you don’t show up for your exam, you must set up a new appointment.

Fee for the exam

The fee is $25 for the licensing exam.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Renew your licence

Your licence expires on March 31, after the year it has been issued.

Your licence will expire if you don’t renew it by its expiry date. You will then need to apply for a new licence.

To renew your licence, mail a package the includes:

  • the completed renewal application form
  • the fee
  • proof of successful completion of minimum 21 hours (or 14 hours for the Class 5 licence) of Continuing Education Credits (a certificate, academic record), if applicable.

Mail your package to the address on the application form.

Fee to renew

Effective January 1, 2021, the well technician licence renewal fee increased to $75.

The increase brings Ontario’s wells program fees more in line with other Canadian provinces and helps recover a portion of the increasing costs of the licensing program.

The fee is $75 to renew your licence.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Add a new class to your licence

To add an additional class to your existing well technician licence, mail a package that includes:

  • the application form
  • the fee
  • proof of minimum 4,000 hours of experience — assisting or doing the activity for each class you are adding

Mail your form and fee to the address on the application form.

Fee to add new class

The fee is $20 per each additional class.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Out of province well technicians

You need to have an Ontario well technician licence to work in Ontario.

If you hold a well technician licence from another Canadian province or territory, your licence qualification may be recognized when you come to Ontario. In order to determine if your qualifications will be considered towards obtaining an Ontario licence, please prepare and mail a package that includes:

  • the completed Ontario application form
  • a copy of your well construction licence(s) issued in another Canadian province or territory
  • a verification letter for each licence from the government agency that issued the licence
    • letters must include details of your experience such as:
      • types of wells constructed
      • types of equipment operated
      • repair, alteration, or upgrade work (for example, replacing pumps or pumping equipment)
      • number of wells constructed each year (for the past five years)
      • any complaints or compliance issues filed against you

Mail your package to the address on the application form.

Once you’ve submitted your application, verification letter(s), and a copy of each licence you hold, we will review your information to determine eligibility for an Ontario well technician licence.

You will then need to apply to take an Ontario exam.

Fee to apply

The fee is $75 for a licence with one class plus $20 per each additional class.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 you’ll have to pay only if your bank returns your payment.

Source law

You can find the complete set of rules relating to this activity at:

Updated: August 30, 2021
Published: February 04, 2014