Guidance

Qualifications required to work on equipment containing F gas

Qualifications and certificates you must have to work on systems that contain a fluorinated greenhouse gas (F gas).

You must be qualified to work on systems and equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gas) that the EU regulates.

You need different qualifications for:

  • stationary refrigeration and air conditioning (SRAC systems), including heat pump systems
  • stationary fire protection systems
  • mobile air conditioning systems
  • electrical switchgear
  • solvent recovery

You must be qualified as an individual (have a personal qualification certificate) even if you work for someone else.

If you’re a business that works on third party systems or equipment, your engineers must have personal qualifications. You must also have a company F gas certificate.

If you’re a sole trader, you must have a personal qualification and a company F gas certificate.

Check if you’re qualified

You’re qualified to work on systems that contain F gas if you have:

  • an in-date certificate issued by an accredited organisation
  • an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises

If you qualified under 2006 F gas rules, you can work if your certificate is in date. You’ll need to requalify when your certificate expires.

You can use certificates from organisations that no longer run F gas courses if they are in date. You’ll need to requalify when your certificate expires.

If you carry out work without an in-date certificate, you could be subject to enforcement action.

Stationary refrigeration and air conditioning (SRAC) systems, including heat pump systems

To work on these systems you must be qualified if you want to:

  • install new systems
  • service and maintain them
  • check leaks
  • recover refrigerant gases
  • decommission and dispose of old systems

Since 1 July 2017, you also need a qualification to work on refrigeration systems in:

  • trucks that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes
  • trailers made to be towed by trucks or tractors

Choose your SRAC qualification

There are 4 categories for qualifications. You need a:

  • category 1 certificate - to carry out all activities
  • category 2 certificate - to install, maintain, service and recover refrigerant from systems containing less than 5 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e)
  • category 3 certificate - to recover refrigerant from systems that contain less than 3 kg of F gas
  • category 4 certificate - to check equipment for leaks if you don’t break into the refrigeration circuit

You must have a qualification as an individual from one of these accredited organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

City and Guilds
1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD
Telephone: +0844 543 0033
Email: centresupport@cityandguilds.com
Company number: 05200334

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Customer Services
Bircham Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Telephone: 0344 994 4133
Email: Andrew.Jones@citb.co.uk

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA)
Lincoln House
137-143 Hammersmith Road
London
W14 0QL
Telephone: 020 7313 4900
Email: enquiries@thebesa.com
Company number: 09796322

Logic Certification Ltd
Unit 2, 1 Rowdell Road
Northolt
Middlesex
UB5 5QR
Telephone: 020 8839 2439
Email: enquiries@logic-cert.com
Company number: 04615993

Stationary fire protection systems

You must have one of these qualifications to work on a fire protection system that contains F gas of 5 tonnes or more CO2 equivalent (CO2e):

  • a Fire Industry Association (FIA) F gas certificate for individuals
  • an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises

Fire Industry Association
Tudor House
Kingsway Business Park
Oldfield Road
Hampton
Middlesex
TW12 2HD
Telephone: 020 3166 5002
Email: info@fia.uk.com
Company number: 05989140

Mobile air conditioning systems

You must be qualified as an individual to recover refrigerant from mobile air conditioning systems in:

  • goods vehicles weighing less than 3,500kg
  • passenger vehicles with 8 seats or fewer

You must have a relevant qualification from one of these organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

City and Guilds
1 Giltspur Street
London
EC1A 9DD
Telephone: 020 7294 2800
Email: automotive@cityandguilds.com
Company number: 05200334

Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Birhcam Newton
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
PE31 6RH
Telephone: 0344 9444 4133
Email: Andrew.Jones@citb.co.uk

Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)
Fanshaws
Brickendon
Hertford
SG13 8PQ
Telephone: 01992 511521
Email: imiawarding@theimi.org.uk
Company numbers
IMI: 00225180
IMI Awards Limited: 06237350

ABC Awards
Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road
Nottingham
NG8 3NH
Telephone: 0151 339 4181
Email: centresupport@abcawards.co.uk
Company number: 04117784

Electrical switchgear

You must be qualified to carry out work on electrical switchgear that contains sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). This includes:

  • installing new systems
  • carrying out maintenance
  • recovering SF6
  • decommissioning and disposing of old systems

You must have a relevant qualification from one of these organisations (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

Western Power Distribution plc
Avonbank
Feeder Road
Bristol
BS2 0TB
Telephone: +44 (0) 117 933 2156
Email: rlang@westernpower.co.uk
South Wales company number: 02366985
South West company number: 02366894
West Midlands company number: 03600574
East Midlands company number: 02366923

Northern Ireland Electricity plc
PO Box 2
120 Malone Road
Belfast
BT9 5HT
Telephone: 028 90 66 11 00
Email: leonard.taggart@nie.co.uk
Company number: NI026041

EA Technology Limited
Capenhurst Technology Park
Capenhurst
Chester
CH1 6ES
Telephone: 0151 339 4181
Email: sales@eatechnology.com
Company number: 02566313

Siemens Plc
2 Koppers Way
Monkton Business Park South
Hebburn
Tyne and Wear
NE31 2EZ
Telephone: 0191 495 2244
Email: Alan.Rowland@siemens.com
Company number: 00727817

Lucy Electric Ltd
Eagle Works
Walton Well Road
Oxford, UK
OX2 6EE
Telephone: 01865 311411
Email: info@wlucy.com
Company number: 01179461

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc
1-3 Strand
London
WC2N 5EH
Telephone: 01623 872611
Email: daniel.tingle@nationalgrid.com
Company number: 02366977

You can recover SF6 for up to a year before you qualify if you:

  • work under the supervision of a qualified person
  • are on a listed course, an internal training course at a utility company, or an equivalent course in another EU country

Solvent recovery

To recover solvents containing F gas from equipment, you must have a qualification from Fraser Technologies (or an equivalent qualification that another EU member state recognises):

Fraser Technologies
24 Grange Road
Houstoun Industrial Estate
Livingston
Scotland
EH54 5DE
Telephone: 01506 443 058
Email: techsupport@frasertech.co.uk
Company number: SC231307

You can recover solvents for up to a year before you qualify if you:

  • work under the supervision of a qualified person
  • are on the Fraser Technology training course or an equivalent course in another EU country
Published 31 December 2014
Last updated 23 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. We have added the addresses and contact details for accredited bodies offering qualifications to work with F gas.
  2. Updated to show revised list of accredited organisations who offer F gas qualifications
  3. Changed the qualification you must hold from Construction Industry Training Board Refrigeration certificate to Building Engineering Services Association accredited courses relating to F Gas regulation.
  4. First published.