Authorized Refrigeration Gas Practitioner Courses At Metraclark

Oct 24 2016 8:37 AM


We would like to remind our valued customers, that we still offer AP-Practitioner courses either at our Head Office or after consultation on site throughout South Africa.


Why become an Authorized Refrigeration Practitioner?

Any person installing and/or working on a gas system under pressure above 50kpa is required to be registered as a competent practitioner with the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas). This is a requirement in terms of the Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1993 and Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER). 


SAQCC Gas is a body, acting on behalf of the Department of Labour, to register competent Gas Practitioners within South Africa. SAQCC Gas was formed by the four member Associations to establish a central database of registered/authorized Gas Practitioners – in term of the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER).


The gas types are:

• Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPGas).

• Natural Gas.

• Compressed Industrial and Medical Gases.

• Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Gas.


On their website you can access their database with all registered practitioners.


Clause 17(3) PER clearly states:” An authorized person or an approved inspection authority shall issue a certificate of conformity after completion of a gas installation, modification, alteration, or change of user or ownership.


The guidance rules of the PER states that, “ A CoC shall be issued by the SAQCC Gas registered gas practitioner responsible for the installation, repair and/or maintenance of a refrigeration system” This is all in term of the PER, SANS 347 and SANS 10147.


A CoC form has been designed specifically for refrigeration and air conditioning and is available from the South African Refrigeration and Airconditioning Contractors Association.


Each of the four Gas Associations have their own designated CoC, gas specific and are the only valid documents in use in the gas industries.


No other ‘types’ of CoC will be recognised by the Department of Labour and those affiliated to SAQCC Gas.


As you can see from the above, if you are not registered as a practitioner, you cannot issue a CoC, thus the plant is not legal.


As stated in the beginning, Metraclark still offers the AP course for our customers. 


Should you need more information, please contact