Persons working in one or more of the areas listed below in the domestic, commercial, industrial or specialised areas could qualify to be registered as a gas practitioner. (Refer: Drawing)
It is important to note that the Department of Labour expects the Gas Industry to report unregistered gas practitioners and sub-standard installations. The industry needs to ensure competent practitioners including the safe installation and application of its equipment and product.
Make sure you comply with all practitioner and equipment requirements within the statutory framework.
If you would like to report an unregistered gas practitioner or sub-standard installations click here.
Also refer to ‘Scope and Competency’ for pre-requisite and qualification aspects, click here
Registration Catagories for Gas Practitioners, skills that align with Registration requirements:
A domestic/commercial natural gas practitioner is licensed to carry out installations at domestic (residential)/ commercial premises only. Such installations shall comply with SANS827. The following individual categories are applicable for domestic/commercial applications
- Design of a Gas System
- Installation, Maintenance, Commissioning and Re-commissioning of Gas System and Appliances
An Industrial Gas Practitioner is licensed to carry out industrial installations on business premises. Such installations shall comply with SANS 329. The following individual categories are applicable for industrial installations:
- Design of an Industrial Thermoprocessing System
- Build reticulation pipelines <2Bar / <15Bar,
- Installation, Maintenance, Commissioning and Re-Commissioning of Combustion and Fuel Handling Equipment for Gas Systems
A Specialised Gas Practitioner is licensed to carry out specialised installations on business premises. Such installations shall comply with business own required standards such as ASME standards. The registrations categories are as per the practitioner’s job description within own defined field (Mechanical / Electrical / Instrumentation / SHEQ / Production / Inspection) of business for Pipeline Gas.
A NGV Gas Practitioner is licensed to carry out any conversions done on BiFuel (carburetors, fuel injection) Dualfuel and Specialised systems. Pipeline category will be up to 200 bar gauge. Following categories are applicable for NGV installation:
- BiFuel (carburetor/fuel injection) – (installation / maintenance / commissioning / recommissioning)
- Dualfuel conversions (installation / maintenance / commissioning / recommissioning)
- Specialised CNG conversions (installation / maintenance / commissioning / recommissioning)
A single or combination of the categories above could be granted depending on qualifications, knowledge, experience, expertise and work done as per Portfolio of Evidence provided.
To be registered as an Authorised Person (Gas Practitioner)
Under the requirements of the” Occupational Health and Safety Act – No. 85 of 1993″ – Sections 43 and 44, and “Pressure Equipment Regulations, R 734, 15 Jul 09” as follows:
Regulation 1: (Def) “Authorised Person” means…
‘a person who is registered as competent within the scope of work for which an organisation [SAQCC Gas] approved by the chief inspector has registered that person‘
Regulation 17: Gas reticulation equipment and systems:
(1) No person shall
(a) handle, store or distribute any gas in any manner which includes the filling of a container, other than in accordance with the relevant health and safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act;
(b) install or remove an appliance, pressure equipment or system for gas in any manner other than in accordance with the relevant safety standard incorporated into these Regulations under section 44 of the Act;
(c) install or remove a gas appliance, or a gas system or a gas reticulation system, unless such person is an authorised person; or
(d) use pressure equipment or systems for gas in a manner other than in accordance with the relevant safety standard incorporated into these regulations under section 44 of the Act.
(2) After installation or re-installation, and before commissioning a gas system, the user shall ensure that an external inspection and a leak test are performed by an authorised person or an approved inspection authority as applicable in terms of sub regulation (1 )(c).
(3) An authorised person or an approved inspection authority shall issue a certificate of conformity after completion of a gas installation. modification. alteration or change of user or ownership…
The Southern African Gas Association (SAGA) via the South African Qualifications and Certifications Committee for Gas (SAQCC-Gas) has a mandate from the Department of Labour to be involved in the development and setting of standards, assessments, training and recommending qualified and competent persons in the pipeline gas industry.
The application form should be completed as comprehensively as possible, in order for SAGA to assess and recommend to the SAQCC-Gas to issue such registration in accordance with the requirements of the Chief Inspector of the Department of Labour.
Criteria for Natural Gas practitioners will include, but not necessarily be restricted to:-
- An acceptable standard of secondary education,
- Tertiary or technical education with reference to the pipeline gas supply industry
- Present and past employment with an existing gas supply or system installation company
- In excess of 3 years hands on proven experience in the industry
- Details and level of specific responsibility for actual installations
- A brief motivation from your present employer to support the application
Criteria for LPG registered domestic and commercial gas practitioners who want to work in the Natural Gas environment:
- 3 years hands on proven experience in the gas industry with a credible track record
- Complete the NG conversion (bridging) course – if not: practitioner under probation for 3 months and then
- Registration after completing of the NG conversion course
Criteria for Auto Gas (CNG) practitioners will include, but not necessarily be restricted to:-
- An acceptable standard of secondary education,
- 3 years hands on proven experience as a motor mechanic and auto electrical – not ‘kit’ specific
- Valid driver licence,
- 1-year welding experience
- Experience in all 3 categories being carburetors, fuel injection and mixed fuel
- 5 installations per category needs to be included in the relevant application
- A motivation from your present employer to support the application