All of ASTAR’s OQ services offered below have been used by both pipeline operators and contractors and were built specifically with their needs in mind.  References can be provided upon request.


OQ Consulting Services

Complying with the US office of pipeline safety within the DOT requires the guidance and training of industry experts. It`s not an easy thing, but with guidance of experienced evaluators, your path to compliance will be cleared of all impending obstacles. ASTAR knows that meeting all of the 49 CFR 192 & 195 requirements takes time and resources. We have the knowledge, skills and resources that you need in order to achieve that. Our experts can help guide you in the right direction to ensure that you have met all the oq qualification parameters.

We offer services such as:

– OQ Plan Review or Development
– Procedure Review or Development
– Gap Analysis
– DOT Audit Assist

…Plus more services upon request!

OQ Evaluations

ASTAR specializes in many different OQ service providers:

  • Veriforce – (Five star Elite Evaluator Company )
  • NCCER – The National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • ITS – Industrial Training Services (One Gas Authorized & Nisource Authorized)
  • EWN – Energy WorldNet
  • OQSG – Operator Qualification Solutions Group
  • MEA – Midwest Energy Association

“Anywhere, Anytime”

Our evaluators can evaluate anywhere, anytime: schedule work in any of our offices or choose to have our evaluators travel directly to your location. We have four OQ evaluation trailers loaded with the equipment necessary to perform the evaluations that require observation of real-world simulation. This ability to bring our evaluation center to you no matter where you are located will save your company valuable time, resources and money.

Our oq training and evaluation is done in a manner that ensures safe transit of hazardous materials through pipelines. We don’t want your operators to be qualified only on paper; we want them to be skilled and competent and can work on a facility of any magnitude regardless of the nature of its complexity.


Why work with astar?

We are able to streamline our oq qualification program, to fit your specific needs. Our oq qualification program is not generalized; we offer something different to everyone, based on their specific needs. We always liaise with the operators while developing the curriculum, so that we can agree on the most feasible method of training for the operator qualification program. Our course is not meant to make life harder for your employees, but rather enhance what they are already doing in a way that prioritizes safety and efficiency.

What do you stand to gain by partnering with us?

Top-notch qualification standards in the industry- We are here to ensure that all your operators are fully qualified on all covered tasks.

The best training support systems.

Ensure that all your operators are PHMSA compliant.

We work in coalition with strong partners such as Veriforce, NCCER, ITS, EWN, OQSG and MEA to ensure that all evaluations and done in accordance to their standards.

Quality, flexibility, reliability and availability is what we are all about. We are all about developing an oq qualification program that suits your company`s needs.


OQ Administrative Services

ASTAR can manage the client’s OQ program on a fixed annual cost that includes all OQ field evaluations as well as the day-to-day OQ responsibilities. This allows you to set your budget and focus on what you know best: pipeline construction and maintenance.

Our goal is to provide your company with a better OQ department for less cost than self-administration. Below is a list of the responsibilities that would be covered by this service:

Oversight of day-to-day OQ activities:

Build and maintain company-specific OQ plan.
Ensure your company is continually in compliance with specific operator requirements.
Manage OQ evaluators to ensure evaluations are properly performed.
Manage audit requests from OQ service providers and clients.
Submit documentation verifying OQ compliance at pipeline operator’s request.
Oversight of OQ databases for accuracy (Veriforce, ISN).

Company Representation:

Collaborate with pipeline operators to verify accurate list of tasks to be performed.
Attend industry and association meetings.
Pre-job OQ and safety meetings.
Help ensure qualified individuals are performing task (meet Span of Control).
Perform OQ field audits.

OQ Field Evaluations:

Perform/organize OQ task-related training.
Perform/organize OQ evaluations.
Submit data to required databases and provide verification reports.