Training & Qualifications

Certification of Personnel Handling Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-gases) and Companies employing such persons

Training and company certification are a requirement of European and Irish law to ensure that ODS and F-gases are not emitted during installation maintenanc, servicing repair or decommissioning of equipment containing those gases.

Personnel Certification

A person undertaking leak checking, recovery, installation, repair, maintenance or servicing, decommissioning of the following specified equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases requires an appropriate qualification to handle F-Gases:

  • stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment
  • the refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers, containing fluorinated greenhouse gases)
    -Refrigerated trucks: motor vehicles above 3.5 tonnes and equipped with a refrigeration unit
    -Refrigerated trailers: vehicles designed to be towed by a tractor or truck and equipped with a refrigeration unit 

An appropriate qualification for personnel working on these systems can only be awarded by an approved certification and evaluation body. The qualifications1 listed in the table below have been established in Ireland and they can be provided by a number of specialist training providers in Ireland.

Stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment and the refrigeration units of refrigerated trucks and trailers containing F-Gases QQI Special Purpose Award 5S0108 in Handling Fgas Refrigerants Category I Fgas Handling in Large RAC Systems Award Code 5N0104 or equivalent Category II F gas Handling in Small RAC systems Award Code 5N0103 or equivalent Category 3 F gas Recovery in Small RAC Systems Award Code 5N0105 or equivalent Category 4 F gas Refrigerant Leak Detection Award Code 5NO102 or equivalent
Stationary Fire Protection equipment QQI Special Purpose Award 5S0110 in Handling Fgas Fire Extinguishants        
Mobile air conditioning QQI Special Purpose Award 5S010 in Handling Fgas Mobile Aircon Systems        
SF6 Category 4 F gas Refrigerant Leak Detection Award Code 5NO102 or equivalent        

1 Note this list is subject to review by the Agency from time to time.

 

Company Certification

The Irish company certification body is F-Gas Registration Ltd. (FGR). However, a valid company certificate issued by a certification body in another Member State of the European Union must be mutually recognised in Ireland. Similarly, any company certificate issued by FGR will be recognised in all other Member States. 

 

Learn More

Check the F-gas Registration Ltd. (FGR) website, the company certification body in Ireland.

Download the Information Leaflet on Training and Qualifications for Handling Refrigerants.

Check the Fire Industry Association website for further information on training and qualifications in the fire protection sector.

Check the British Pest Control Association website for further information on training and qualifications to use methyl bromide for fumigation.