49 CFR Parts 192 and 195 are a set of regulations that concerns the training of employees on oil and natural gas pipelines. It helps the operators of these pipelines to develop qualification programs for employees. This enables them to make sure that each employee, contractor, and subcontractor can carry out their required duties. It also ensures that they can handle unusual situations that may arise. The requirements for such a qualification program are vast. Here’s how you can stay on top of all these requirements.


Are There Really That Many Requirements?

There are actually more than 120 different requirements that may form a qualification program. The requirements that will be relevant will vary depending on the employee, contractor, or subcontractor’s position on the pipeline. Some of the subject areas that these individuals would be tested on include:

  • Abnormal operating conditions
  • Conducting close interval surveys
  • Testing and detecting interference
  • Electrical inspection and testing
  • Repairing and installing test leads
  • Reading, adjusting, repairing, and replacing rectifiers
  • Inspecting buried and submerged pipes
  • Preparing surfaces for coating and applying coating using various methods
  • Installing bonds and anodes
  • Repairing casings


There are many more requirements to be aware of. An individual’s position and the pipeline they are working with will determine which of the over 100 requirements will apply.


Do I Really Have to Stay Certified?

If you want to continue operating your oil or natural gas pipeline, then yes, you must maintain your certification. This ensures that you are up to date on all the latest techniques and safety measures for your industry. It keeps you in business and keeps your pipeline operating. Knowing that you maintain certification can also help you retain employees and attract new ones.


How Can You Help?

There are a lot of operator qualification requirements for operators of oil and natural gas pipelines to keep track of. Instead of struggling to keep everything straight, you could get help from an experienced professional. ASTAR can help you stay on top of all your requirements. We offer consulting services for both pipeline operators and contractors, including the review and development of plans and procedures. We also offer evaluation and administrative services, as well as company representation. We work with many service providers, such as Veriforce, Industrial Training Services, and the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Contact ASTAR today so we can help you with your operator qualification requirements.