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Guidelines for Training Providers/Organizations Applying for Program Recognition under Directive D-GA-2018-02
 

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  1. Introduction
  2. Background and Intent
  3. Instructor Qualification
  4. Authorized Representative
  5. Program Recognition Documents for Submission
  6. Learning Environments
    1. Theory
    2. Practical Training
    3. Student Review and Appeal Process
  7. Specific Program Details
    1. Training Programs for Non-Apprenticeship Class A Gas fitter Certificate of Qualification
    2. Training Programs for the Class A Gas fitting Apprenticeship
      1. Level Three Gas Apprenticeship
    3. Training Programs for Non-Apprenticeship Class B Gas fitter Certificate of Qualification
    4. Training Programs for the Class B Gas fitting Apprenticeship
      1. Level One Gas Apprenticeship
      2. Level Two Gas Apprenticeship
    5. Gas Appliance Service Training Programs
    6. Recreational Vehicle Installation and Service Training Programs
    7. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vehicle Conversion Training Programs
    8. Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle (CNG) Conversion Training Programs
  8. Training Program Completion Certificate/Letter
    1. Special Purpose Certificates
  9. Application Facility Review
  10. Audits
  11. Training Provider Program Recognition Expiry
  12. Summary

Introduction

To qualify for a gas related certificate of qualification issued by Technical Safety BC, the training program must be recognized by the provincial gas safety manager.

To have a specific training course certificate recognized by a provincial gas safety manager, where a Technical Safety BC certificate of qualification is not required, the training program must be approved by the provincial gas safety manager.

The purpose of this document is to outline the requirements and guidelines for achieving program recognition for training providers/organizations from Technical Safety BC in compliance with directive D-GA-2018-02. The procedures outlined in this document clarify the conditions under which a training provider/organization can gain and retain program recognition for a training program.

These guidelines are provided for training providers, instructors and administrators involved in delivering training programs sanctioned by Technical Safety BC. These procedures are subject to enhancement and revision as required. All changes will be communicated to the recognized training providers and posted on the Technical Safety BC website www.technicalsafetybc.ca.

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Background and Intent

Most programs are based on two fundamental elements: theoretical training and practical application, which are typically evaluated based on a written examination and practical assessment.

Where practical assessment is determined a requirement, the assessments should be based on demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the course content.

Division 2 and section 4 (1) (c) of the Gas Safety Regulation requires an individual who performs regulated work in respect to a gas system or gas equipment to successfully complete a training program recognized by the provincial safety manager.

To assist training providers in acquiring program recognition and to provide consistency across the province, Technical Safety BC has developed these minimum guidelines.

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Instructor Qualification

Instructors identified within the program recognition application form must meet the requirements of Technical Safety BC.

The instructors approval will be determined based on training credentials, knowledge of the subject matter for which the program recognition application is being requested, and unless otherwise approved by the provincial safety manager, a certificate equal to or greater than the level of instruction.

The provincial safety manager may allow an instructor to be approved without having a certification where conditions warrant (e.g. manufacturer’s technical representatives delivering equipment-specific training for a special purpose certificate).

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Authorized Representative

An authorized representative of the organization responsible for ensuring that all of the criteria of the program are met must be designated by the training provider. The training provider’s authorized representative is the individual who represents the training provider and is the point of contact in all matters related to maintaining Technical Safety BC’s acceptance.

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Program Recognition Documents for Submission

The training provider must complete and submit FRM-1600-00 to Technical Safety BC, for review and acceptance. All documents must be submitted electronically and must include:

  • The purpose of the course (specifically details related to the regulatory requirement the course is intended to meet)
  • Program admission requirements
  • The program course outline demonstrating alignment to Technical Safety BC’s syllabus
  • The training material, instructor’s guide and if possible the lesson plan

Note: Training materials which are branded or have a copyright by another institution or organization may require an appropriate sign-off letter indicating the materials use is authorized.

  • A list of all instructors and their credentials that will be delivering the program
  • A list of any exam invigilators used other than the program instructor
  • Examination protocols utilized to administer and ensure exam security
  • Total minimum hours of classroom instruction
  • Total minimum hours of lab/shop instruction (if applicable)
  • Written examinations
  • Practical assessments
  • Information regarding the grading structure and minimum course passing grade
  • Attendance requirements for classroom instruction, lab work and field training
  • Information detailing the lab/shop facilities, tools and equipment. (if applicable)

Historically (grand parented) recognized training programs that have not submitted the required documentation referenced above to Technical Safety BC may be requested to provide the required documentation to update their program recognition and maintain their program recognition status.  When applicable, requests will be forwarded to any affected training program provider case by case depending on the documented history of the training program.

If the provincial safety manager recognizes a training program in writing, the training provider must update and keep current any of the material or documentation on record (e.g., as instructors change). This information shall be provided to Technical Safety BC as earliest as possible to: GasSupport@technicalsafetybc.ca.  

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Learning Environments

Theory

Theory instruction is an integral part of each program and should be supported through an appropriate learning environment. Dependent on the training program and duration, the following factors will be considered during the onsite inspection process:

  • Comfortable seating and tables suitable for learning
  • Compliance with the local and national fire code, occupational safety requirements and municipal zoning bylaws for technical instruction and education facilities
  • Multimedia equipment
  • Whiteboard with marking pens and erasers
  • Lighting controls to allow easy visibility of multimedia projections while allowing students to take notes
  • Windows must have shades or blinds to adjust sunlight
  • Heating/Air conditioning for comfort all year round
  • The acoustics in the room must allow the students to be able to hear the instructor
  • Adequate eating area as per WorkSafeBC requirements (4.84 OHS Regulation and Guidelines)
  • Adequate washroom facilities as per WorkSafeBC requirements (4.84 OHS Regulation and Guidelines)

Note: These conditions do not require verification by a Technical Safety BC representative if the training provider is approved by either the Industry Training Authority (ITA), Private Training Act (PTA), BC Education Quality Assurance (BC EQA) or meets the requirements of the University Act of BC.

The theory component must consist of in-class and/or online training that meets the minimum hour requirements identified in this document

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Practical Training

The lab is primarily a teaching aid where students gain practical experience in the operation, troubleshooting and repair of equipment and apply the theoretical knowledge acquired.

Due to the requirements of practical skill development required for some programs, it is essential that the training facility/location has access to the required equipment and tools.

The equipment will vary with the degree of technical expertise required to deliver the training and satisfy the performance objectives set out for the program. The list of equipment and tools must be approved by the provincial safety manager.

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Student Review and Appeal Process

Training programs should consider a process for students to request a review of course content, testing or examination procedures and the resolution of complaints by students. The reviews should be restricted to issues pertaining to the course content, administration of tests or examinations such as test procedures, conduct of the instructor, inadequate facilities or other issues that obstructed the student in successfully completing the course.

The failure of a properly administered test or examination should not be subject to the review and appeal process, however, the student should be able to request a re-mark of a test or examination. The results of a re-mark should not be reviewable or appealable.

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Specific Program Details

Training Programs for Non-Apprenticeship Class A Gas fitter Certificate of Qualification

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 6(1)(a), training programs are required to include all topics identified in the most current syllabus and must consist of at least 140 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 36 hours of lab/shop practical training.

An applicant for a class A gas fitter’s certificate of qualification must have held a class B gas fitter’s certificate of qualification for at least 2 years.

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

  • 1 multimeter for every 2 students
  • 1 flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, NOx, stack temperature, excess air, combustion efficiency for every 8 students
  • 1 liquid filled manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 digital manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 incline manometer for every 8 students
  • 1 draft/magnehelic gauge for every 8 students
  • Tools and Equipment to purge a piping system 4 inches or larger in diameter
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service DFMA’s, steam and hot water boilers
  • 1 Flame Safeguard Trainer for every 4 students
  • 1 DFMA (modulating) for every 8 students
  • 1 Complete Hot Water Boiler or Boiler Head (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) for every 8 students
  • 1 Complete Steam Boiler or Boiler Head (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) for every 8 students
  • 1 Packaged Power Burner (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) Modulating Input for every 4 students
  • All appliances to have inputs that exceed 120 kW

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Training Programs for the Class A Gas fitting Apprenticeship

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 6(1)(a), training programs are required to include all topics identified in the most current syllabus and must consist of at least 192 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 48 hours of lab/shop practical training.

An applicant for a class A gas fitter’s certificate of qualification must have held a class B gas fitter’s certificate of qualification for at least 2 years.

Apprenticeship training programs are required to be approved by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

Level Three Gas Apprenticeship
  • 1 multimeter for every 2 students
  • 1 flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, NOx, stack temperature, excess air, combustion efficiency for every 8 students
  • 1 liquid filled manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 digital manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 incline manometer for every 8 students
  • 1 draft/magnehelic gauge for every 8 students
  • Tools and Equipment to purge a piping system 4 inches or larger in diameter
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service DFMA’s, steam and hot water boilers
  • 1 Flame Safeguard Trainer for every 4 students
  • 1 DFMA (modulating) for every 8 students
  • 1 Complete Hot Water Boiler or Boiler Head (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) for every 8 students
  • 1 Complete Steam Boiler or Boiler Head (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) for every 8 students
  • 1 Packaged Power Burner (c/w burner, blower, valve train and controls) Modulating Input for every 4 students
  • All appliances to have inputs that exceed 120 kW

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Training Programs for Non-Apprenticeship Class B Gas fitter Certificate of Qualification

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 7(1)(b), training programs are required to include all topics identified in the most current syllabus and must consist of at least 67 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 17 hours of lab/shop practical training.

Students enrolled in this program must hold a  provincially recognized trade qualification in Plumbing, Steamfitting, Refrigeration or Sprinklerfitting.

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

  • 1 multimeter for every 2 students
  • 1 flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, stack temperature and excess air for every 8 students
  • 1 liquid filled manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 digital manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 incline manometer for every 16 students
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service furnaces, boilers and domestic water heaters
  • 1 forced-air furnace for every 4 students
  • 1 hot water boiler for every 4 students
  • 1 tankless water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 storage type water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 residential range for every 16 students
  • 1 residential dryer for every 16 students
  • 1 unit heater for every 16 students
  • 1 direct-vent fireplace for every 16 students
  • All appliances to have an input of 120 kW or less

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Training Programs for the Class B Gas fitting Apprenticeship

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 7(1)(b), training programs are required to include all topics identified in the most current syllabus and must consist of 2 levels of training with at least 113 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 67 hours of lab/shop practical training for level one, and at least 144 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 36 hours of lab/shop practical training for level two.

Apprenticeship training programs are required to be approved by the Industry Training Authority (ITA).

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

Level One Gas Apprenticeship
  • 1 threading machine (power drive with threading attachment) for every 4 students
  • 1 oxy/acetylene cutting outfit for every 8 students
  • 1 brazing unit for every 4 students
  • 1 flaring tool for every 8 students
  • 1 tubing bender for every 8 students
Level Two Gas Apprenticeship
  • 1 multimeter for every 2 students
  • 1 flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, stack temperature and excess air for every 8 students
  • 1 liquid filled manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 digital manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 incline manometer for every 16 students
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service furnaces, boilers and domestic water heaters
  • 1 forced-air furnace for every 4 students
  • 1 hot water boiler for every 4 students
  • 1 tankless water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 storage type water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 residential range for every 16 students
  • 1 residential dryer for every 16 students
  • 1 unit heater for every 16 students
  • 1 direct-vent fireplace for every 16 students
  • All appliances to have an input of 120 kW or less

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Gas Appliance Service Training Programs

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 11(1)(a), training programs shall include all topics identified in the current exam syllabus and shall consist of at least 67 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 17 hours of lab/shop practical training.

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

  • 1 multimeter for every 2 students
  • 1 flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, stack temperature and excess air for every 8 students
  • 1 liquid filled manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 digital manometer for every 4 students
  • 1 incline manometer for every 16 students
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service furnaces, boilers and domestic water heaters
  • 1 forced-air furnace for every 4 students
  • 1 hot water boiler for every 4 students
  • 1 tankless water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 storage type water heater for every 8 students
  • 1 residential range for every 16 students
  • 1 residential dryer for every 16 students
  • 1 direct-vent fireplace for every 16 students
  • All appliances to have an input of 82 kW or less

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Recreational Vehicle Installation and Service Training Programs

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 13(1)(b), training programs shall include all topics identified in the current exam syllabus and shall consist of at least 125 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 30 hours of lab/shop practical training.

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum a recreational vehicle equipped with:

  • Furnace
  • Water heater
  • Range
  • All appliances must meet the requirements of CSA Z240.4.2
  • Flue gas analyzer capable of measuring CO2, CO, O2, stack temperature and excess air

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Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Vehicle Conversion Training Programs

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 14 (1), training programs shall include all topics identified in the current exam syllabus and shall consist of at least 12 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 9 hours of lab/shop practical training.

Lab/shop facilities to include, as a minimum:

  • LPG Vehicle complete with LPG containers
  • Four gas analyzer
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service LPG vehicles
  • Necessary diagnostic equipment to service LPG vehicles
  • Leak test equipment

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Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle (CNG) Conversion Training Programs

To satisfy the requirements of GSR section 15 (1)(c), training programs shall include all topics identified in the current exam syllabus and shall consist of at least 12 hours of theory (in-class and/or online) and 9 hours of lab/shop practical training.

The lab/shop facilities shall include, as a minimum:

  • CNG Vehicle complete with CNG cylinders
  • Four gas analyzer
  • Necessary hand and power tools to service CNG vehicles
  • Necessary diagnostic equipment to service CNG vehicles
  • Leak test equipment

Note: for specific program details involving certificates of qualifications not listed above, please contact GasSupport@technicalsafetybc.ca

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Training Program Completion Certificate/Letter

The training provider must issue a course completion certificate and/or letter to each successful candidate that contains the following information:

  • Training provider name
  • Instructor name
  • Successful candidate’s name
  • Course title
  • Date of completion

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Special Purpose Certificates

Section 19 of the Gas Safety Regulation (GSR) allows an individual with specialized appliance or equipment training to apply for a Special Purpose Gas Certificate of Qualification (SPCQ). This certificate type, entitles the holder to perform only regulated work specified by the certificate and only under the conditions specifically endorsed on the certificate. A SPCQ certificate holder must be employed by a licensed gas contractor, can be a licensed gas contractor themselves or under the permission of an appropriate operating permit to perform regulated work. The SPCQ entitles the holder to perform a limited scope of regulated gas work, as an example: assembly or construction of specific appliances, or fuel dispensing (transfer of product from one container to another). A SPCQ is only available to individuals when there is no other means available for an individual to perform regulated work as required by section 4 of the GSR.

The training provider must issue a course completion document or wallet-sized record of training card upon successful completion of the training for a SPCQ issued under section 4 (1)(c) of the Gas Safety Regulation

The course completion documentation is to contain the following information:

  • Training provider name
  • Training provider address and phone number
  • Instructor name
  • Certificate holders’ name
  • Certificate classification or endorsement
  • Card number
  • Date of issue/completion
  • The course length
  • The edition of any code books or standards used

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Application Facility Review

The acceptance of a course will be based on the applicants submitted documentation, a facility review and meeting with the authorized representative and/or course instructors. Technical Safety BC will provide the assessment results to the authorized representative in writing.

If necessary, the training provider may be required to implement corrective action to fill any documentation gaps or address assessment findings.

A training provider or organization that has demonstrated compliance with the requirements of directive D-GA-2018-02 will have the training program recognized by Technical Safety BC. A letter of acceptance will be sent to the course provider indicating the provincial safety manager’s recognition of the program.

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Audits

Approved training programs may be audited to verify compliance with directive D-GA-2018-02.

Audit reports are consultative in nature, the procedure and expectations will be communicated in advance to the training provider. However, the audits will be conducted at random times during the training program as determined by Technical Safety BC.

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Training Provider Program Recognition Expiry

Recognition of a training program is not permanent and is subject to any requirements that a provincial safety manager may specify as necessary in order to maintain the “recognized” status.

For certainty, a provincial safety manager may revoke recognition of a training program if, in the opinion of the provincial safety manager, the training program is no longer adequate for the stated purpose of the training.

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Summary

Individuals who successfully complete recognized training must carry evidence that they have done so at all times when performing regulated work and be presented to a safety officer upon request as required under section 18 (1) (i) of the Safety Standards Act.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • a certificate of qualification as detailed in GSR s.4 (1) (a); or
  • in relation to s.4 (1) (c) and s.28 (8) of the GSR, a current Technical Safety BC recognized certificate, course completion document, or wallet card issued by the training provider.

Technical Safety BC places a high level of reliance on recognized training providers to deliver training programs that are technically current and provide industry with a workforce that is safe and competent. It is imperative that training providers maintain a level of confidence in the skills and knowledge of the candidates they train and certify.

Please complete the form on the following page and attach the required documentation. If you have any questions regarding program recognition, please contact Gas Support at GasSupport@technicalsafetybc.ca

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