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 maintenance and servicing of equipment containing those gases.

Personnel Certification

In Ireland, the minimum training qualifications, that must be held by personnel working on ODS and F-gas systems have been defined as follows

Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump sector (Stationary)

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in F-gas and ODS Regulations (2079)

or

FETAC Level 5 Specific Purpose Certificate Handling F-gas Refrigerants (5S0108) 

Mobile air conditioning sector -

FETAC Level 5 Specific Purpose Certificate Handling F-gas Mobile Air Conditioning Systems (5S0109)

Fire protection sector -

Fire Industry Association Competence Certificate Course Class 1

or

FETAC Level 5 Specific Purpose Certificate Handling F-gas Fire Extinguishants (5S0110) 

  

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.

Consequences of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom on the EU rules on F-Gases

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. As from the withdrawal date 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET), if no later date is agreed in accordance with the Treaty, the United Kingdom will be a ‘third country’.

Subject to the ratification of a Withdrawal Agreement that provides for a transition period, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules on fluorinated gases, and in particular, Regulation (EU) No 517/2014 will no longer apply to the United Kingdom.

A NOTICE TO STAKEHOLDERS on the WITHDRAWAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EU RULES ON FLUORINATED GREENHOUSE GASES was published by the EU Commission on 19th December 2019. This sets forth the consequences of Brexit which need to be considered by economic operators. This notice can be viewed a at https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/fluorinated-gases_en.pdf 

This notice, amongst other things, states that as of the withdrawal date, certificates and training attestations issued in the United Kingdom will no longer be recognised for activities carried out in the EU-27 (which includes the Republic of Ireland) from 30th March 2019. This will create issues for:

  • personnel who hold training certificates or attestations issued by UK bodies such as City & Guilds; and, 
  • companies and undertakings registered in the UK with certification bodies such as Refcom and Quidos.

The Irish authorities are working on solutions to these Brexit consequences. Updates will be posted in due course. The UK authorities have informed EU authorities that, post-Brexit, they will automatically recognise EU27 certificates.

Learn More

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

Check the FETAC website for further information on Irish standards for training and qualification in handling ozone depleting substances and fluorinated greenhouse gases.

Contact Refrigeration Skillnet for further information on training and qualifications in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector.

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.