F-Gas Regulation: Training & Certification of F-Gases: Q&A

What are the training requirements for personnel under the new Regulation?

By 4 July 2007, written minimum requirements for training programmes and certification for companies and personnel involved in installation, maintenance or servicing of equipment and systems covered by the Regulation will be established by the EU. Based upon these requirements, by 4 July 2008, Member States must establish or adapt their own training and certification programmes. Such certificates issued in one EU Member State will be recognised in all other EU Member States.

An operator must ensure that personnel have the necessary certification to carry out the monitoring, testing, recovery and other procedures required under the Regulation. This implies appropriate knowledge of the applicable regulations and standards as well as the necessary competence in emission prevention and recovery of fluorinated gases and handling safely the relevant type and size of equipment.

Furthermore, as of 4 July 2009, companies can only take deliveries of fluorinated gases if their relevant personnel have the appropriate certificates.

Will the current personnel undergo additional training/certification tests?

By early July 2007, the EU will draw up minimum requirements in respect of training programmes and certification for both the companies and the relevant personnel involved in installation, maintenance or servicing of the equipment and systems. Based on this, EU Member States will have to establish or adapt their own training and certification programmes (by July 2008). These will also apply to the current personnel who might have to participate in certain additional training sessions.

Do the maintenance personnel need to come from outside my company?

No. If the company’s own personnel hold the necessary training requirements and certificates, this is sufficient.