Certificate of competence according to the Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance Issuance

Anyone wishing to install plants with fluorinated greenhouse gases, check for leak, maintain them or recover the gases will need a new certificate of expertise since 4 July 2009 in order to be able to carry out the activity further.


Certificates of competence shall be issued by the competent authority for persons who wish to install, check for leakage, maintain, maintain or recover the gases. This is provided for in the Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance (ChemKlimaschutzV), which entered into force on 1 August 2008 and is based on Regulation (EC) No. 842/2006 on certain fluorinating propellants.

The following activities are affected:

  • activities on refrigeration systems, air conditioning systems and heat pumps,
  • activities on equipment containing fluorinated greenhouse gases as solvents,
  • activities on fire protection systems and fire extinguishers,
  • activities on high-voltage switchgear and
  • Activities on air conditioning systems in motor vehicles.

Related Links

  • Regulation (EC) No 842/2006 on certain fluorinating propellants
  • Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance (ChemKlimaschutzV)

No documents are required.

Preconditions

  • In order to obtain the certificates of competence, a theoretical and practical competence examination must be taken.
  • For activities on air conditioning systems in motor vehicles, participation in a training course is sufficient.
  • In addition, in the case of activities, the applicant must:
    • Refrigeration and air-conditioning systems and heat pumps have undergone technical or craft training enabling the activity in question and a theoretical and practical examination (in accordance with Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No 303/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of undertakings and personnel with regard to certain fluorinated greenhouse gases containing fixed refrigeration systems, air conditioning systems and heat pumps and the conditions for mutual treatment Recognition of the relevant certificates).
    • Establishments containing fluorinated greenhouse gases as solvents , successfully completing technical or craft training enabling the activity in question and carrying out a theoretical and practical examination (pursuant to Article 3(1) of Regulation (EC) No 306/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of personnel recovering solvents containing fluorinated greenhouse gases from equipment and the conditions for the mutual recognition of the relevant certificates).
    • fire protection systems and fire extinguishers have passed a theoretical and practical test (in accordance with Article 5(1) of Regulation (EC) No 304/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of undertakings and personnel with regard to fixed fire protection systems and fire extinguishers containing certain fluorinated greenhouse gases and the conditions for mutual recognition of the relevant certificates).
    • high-voltage switchgear has passed a theoretical and practical test (in accordance with Article 4(1) of Regulation (EC) No 305/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of personnel carrying out activities related to the recovery of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases from high-voltage switchgear and the conditions for the mutual recognition of the relevant certificates).
    • air-conditioning systems in motor vehicles have successfully participated in a training programme (in accordance with Article 3(2) of Regulation (EC) No 307/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for training programmes and the conditions for the mutual recognition of training certificates for personnel relating to certain air-conditioning systems containing fluorinated greenhouse gases in certain motor vehicles).
  • Persons with a completed training as a refrigeration system manufacturer receive the certificate of competence without passing an examination.
  • Regulation (EC) No 303/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of undertakings and personnel with regard to certain fluorinated greenhouse gases containing fixed refrigeration systems, air conditioning systems and heat pumps and the conditions for the mutual recognition of the relevant certificates
  • Regulation (EC) No 304/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of undertakings and personnel with regard to certain fluorinated greenhouse gas-containing stationary fire protection systems and fire extinguishers and the conditions for the mutual recognition of such certificates
  • Regulation (EC) No 305/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of personnel carrying out activities related to the recovery of certain fluorinated greenhouse gases from high-voltage switchgear and the conditions for the mutual recognition of the relevant certificates
  • Regulation (EC) No 306/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for the certification of personnel recovering certain fluorinated greenhouse gas-containing solvents from equipment and the conditions for the mutual recognition of the relevant allowances
  • Regulation (EC) No 307/2008 laying down the minimum requirements for training programmes and the conditions for the mutual recognition of training certificates for staff in respect of certain air-conditioning systems containing fluorinated greenhouse gases in certain motor vehicles

Related Links

  • ยง 5 paragraph 2 Chemicals Climate Protection Ordinance (ChemKlimaschutzV)

Responsible for the content
Lower Saxony Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection

Last update or date of publication
13.09.2018