UK: The CITB have announced the launch of a reassessment option for operatives that have an expiring or expired CITB (J11– J14) refrigerant handling certificate.
Following the introduction of (EU) Regulation 517/2014 on 16 April 2014 which supersedes (EC) Regulation 842/2006 (commonly known as the F-Gas Regulation) CITB has taken the opportunity to update its assessment criteria to reflect the changes that will take effect from 1 January 2015.
CITB now provides an option for operatives undertaking an F gas qualification for the first time (Initial assessment) and for those that are renewing an expiring or expired CITB certificate (Reassessment).
Reassessment is also open to those operatives holding a valid City & Guilds 2079 certificate who may want to take advantage of additional training and assessment to bring them up to date with current legislation.
The reassessment option has been designed and streamlined to focus specifically on the legislation and practice changes since they were last trained and/or assessed and reassess key skills in accordance with the minimum requirements for certification programmes laid down in Regulation (EC) No 303/2008; it will typically be undertaken in two days.
The Introduction of ‘MOT’ style Certificates
To provide businesses and operatives with the flexibility to plan ahead and also maintain certification validity CITB have introduced an initiative that allows an operative to undertake an expiring (J11– J14) assessment up to six months prior to the expiry of the existing certificate.
To benefit from this new arrangement operatives will need to present to the approved CITB refrigeration centre their original (not a photocopy) expiring certificate. Operatives may undertake reassessment up to six months in advance of an existing certificate expiring and upon successful completion will receive an MOT style certificate.
Example: A current certificate expires on 1/7/2015; reassessment may be undertaken at any time between 2/1/2015 and 1/7/2015. If the reassessment was undertaken on the 2/1/2015 the new certificate would be valid until 1/7/2020 (Five years and six months).
It is now a criminal offence to carry out activities that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F-Gas refrigerants without a Company Certificate. Operatives who carry out work activities that do not hold a current recognised qualification will compromise their company certificate. Companies who use sub-contractors must ensure that valid engineer qualifications are held before using either them as subcontract companies or subcontract personnel.
For further information on CITB (J11-14) Refrigerant Handling Schemes and a list of approved Training and Assessment centres please click here or you can view and download the full list of CITB approved centres here
For further information on CITB Refrigeration Schemes and a list of approved Training and Assessment centres please click here.
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