Art. 10 : Training and certification

When and for whom is training and certification required ?

Article 10 of the F-Gas Regulation states that Member States need to make training available for natural persons carrying out installation, servicing, maintenance, repair, decommissioning and/or leak checks of:

  • stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and fire protection equipment;
  • stationary heat pumps;
  • refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers (NEW!);
  • electrical switchgear.

Leak checks apply to operators of equipment that contains fluorinated greenhouse gases ≥ 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent and not contained in foams, in adequately labelled hermetically sealed equipment containing < 10 tonnes of CO2 equivalent or in some electrical switchgear.

They should also make training available for natural persons carrying out recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases (obligatory for those not contained in foams) from the following equipment:

  • cooling circuits of stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning, heat pump and fire protection equipment;
  • cooling circuits of refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers;
  • stationary equipment that contains fluorinated greenhouse gas-based solvents;
  • stationary electrical switchgear;
  • air-conditioning equipment in motor vehicles falling within the scope of the MAC Directive 2006/40/EC.

Any undertaking which assigns an above-mentioned task to another undertaking shall take reasonable steps to ascertain that the latter holds the necessary certificates for the required tasks.

Company certification for contractors is required for stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning & heat pump equipment and for stationary fire protection systems. The activities covered by the company certification requirements include installation, maintenance/servicing, F‑Gas recovery and decommissioning.

Minimum requirements for training programmes

The new Regulation specifies that certification programmes and training shall cover the following:

  • applicable regulations and technical standards;
  • emission prevention;
  • recovery of fluorinated greenhouse gases;
  • safe handling of equipment of the type and size covered by the certificate;
  • information on relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases and their safe handling (NEW!).

In addition, Member States are expected to ensure that all natural persons holding certificates under certification programmes have access to information regarding each of the following:

  • relevant technologies to replace or to reduce the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases and their safe handling
  • existing regulatory requirements for working with equipment containing alternative refrigerants to fluorinated greenhouse gases.

By 1 January 2017 Member States will need to notify the Commission of their certification and training programmes. The minimum requirements either remain the same as in the 2006 F‑Gas Regulation or are defined in the following Implementing Regulations:

  • certification programmes, i.e. ‘minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition for the certification of companies and personnel’:
    • as regards stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment
      » (EU) No 2015/2067.
    • as regards refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers (NEW!)
      » (EU) No 2015/2067, applying as of 1 July 2017.
    • as regards stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers
      » (EC) No 304/2008.
    • recovering certain fluorinated greenhouse gases from high-voltage switchgear
      » (EU) No 2015/2066.
    • installation, servicing, maintenance, repair or decommissioning of electrical switchgear (NEW!)
      » (EU) No 2015/2066, applying as of 1 July 2017.
    • recovering certain fluorinated greenhouse gas-based solvents from equipment
      » (EC) No 306/2008.
    • as regards air-conditioning systems in certain motor vehicles
      » (EC) No 307/2008.
  • training attestations:
    • Reg. (EC) No 308/2008 establishing the format for notification of the training and certification programmes of the Member States.
Existing certificates and training attestations issued in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 remain valid.

Mutual recognition of certification

Member States shall recognise certificates and training attestations issued in another Member State in accordance with the Regulation. Nothing shall prevent Member States from setting up further certification and training programmes in respect of equipment other than that referred to before.

In the event that it appears necessary to provide for a more harmonised approach to training and certification, the Regulation foresees that the Commission can, through implementing acts:

  • adapt and update the minimum requirements as to the skills and knowledge to be covered,
  • specify the modalities of the certification or attestation and the conditions for mutual recognition, and
  • repeal acts adopted pursuant to the training and certification article of the old F‑Gas Regulation.

F-Gas Regulation certification bodies

The existing list still applies .

The users are advised to look on the Member States’ websites for the availability of training courses plus information on national certification schemes.

Additional references

F Gas Regulation Implementing acts

http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas/legislation/documentation_en.htm

  • Regulation (EU) 2015/2067 on minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition for certification of:
    • natural persons (F Gas containing stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment, and refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks & trailers;
    • companies (F Gas containing stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment)
  • Regulation (EU) 2015/2066 on minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition for the certification of natural persons carrying out installation, servicing, maintenance, repair or decommissioning of electrical switchgear containing F Gases or recovery of F Gases from stationary electrical switchgear
  • Regulation (EU) 2015/2065 establishing the format for notification of the training and certification programmes of the Member States.
  • Regulations (EC) (1) No 304/2008 and (2) No 306/2008 on minimum requirements and the conditions for mutual recognition for the certification of
    • companies and personnel as regards stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers containing certain F Gases.
    • personnel recovering certain fluorinated greenhouse gas-based solvents from equipment
  • Regulation (EC) No 307/2008 on minimum requirements for training programmes and the conditions for mutual recognition of training attestations for personnel as regards air-conditioning systems in certain motor vehicles containing certain F Gases.

DG CLIMA Guidance documents for F-Gas Regulation

http://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/f-gas/documentation_en.htm

  • Guidance document: Information for technicians and users of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • Brochure: Information for technical personnel and companies working with equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases

Gluckman Consulting EU F-Gas Regulation Information Sheets

http://www.gluckmanconsulting.com/f-gas-information-sheets/

  • Information Sheet 21: Training and Certification for Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps
  • Information Sheet 22: Training and Certification for Mobile Air-Conditioning
  • Information Sheet 23: Training and Certification for Fire Protection Systems
  • Information Sheet 24: Training and Certification for High Voltage Electrical Switchgear