What is OQ Certification?

Has your employer recently let you know that you need to be OQ certified? Are you are wondering what that means and where to start? First, let’s look at what the responsibilities of a pipeline operator include. We take a look at what it involves, the federal regulation involved, and how you can get certified in a hassle free way.

What Are The Rules Regarding OC Certification?

First, a pipeline operator will need to actually develop an OQ program, and then follow this written OQ plan at their facility. In the plan, they will need to establish a covered task list which is applicable to their specific system. The next step is to define a set of training and qualification requirements for individuals who will be performing covered tasks on their facility. It will be up to the pipeline operator to make sure that any hired contractors or vendors used will comply with the requirements laid out in the program.  

Regulations regarding certification were developed by the Office of Pipeline Safety under the Department of Transportation in 1992 under a mandate that continues through the Pipeline Safety Acts of today. It was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195

How Do I Become OC Certified?

Getting certified can be much easier with the assistance of a company like ASTAR. They offer the valuable tools and resources that can make the process painless and stay on budget. Building a company-specific OQ plan, and ensuring the company is continually in compliance with the operator’s specific requirements is the first major step to getting started. ASTAR can also assist with managing OQ evaluators to ensure that all evaluations are performed properly. Having a wide variety of highly qualified OQ trainers and evaluators allows them to make sure you have exceptional service, and industry knowledge meets the state and federal standards. Throughout the certification process, you will also need to manage audit requests from both OQ service providers and clients, as well as need to submit documentation that verifies OQ compliance at the request of the pipeline operators. Finally, checking databases like Veriforce, and ISN for accuracy will be an important part of the certification process that ASTAR can assist you with.


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