What Kind of Education Is Needed to Become a Certified Gas Operator?

What Kind of Education Is Needed to Become a Certified Gas Operator?

To safely and legally undertake gas pipework, licensed master plumbers (LMPs) and their technicians need gas operator certification. This accreditation ensures gas pipe system safety and integrity in New York City and Long Island by meeting federal and state criteria. With a special emphasis on Tasks 86 and 87, this article describes the prerequisites for earning gas operator certification in terms of education and training.

Knowledge of Tasks 86 and 87

Inspections of interior jurisdictional gas pipe safety are part of Task 86. This job makes sure that building gas pipe systems are risk-free, safe, and in compliance with all applicable laws.

The installation, upkeep, and coupling of internal jurisdictional gas pipelines are covered under Task 87. In order to guarantee the safe distribution of gas, this duty entails building new gas pipe, maintaining old systems, and establishing the required connections.

State and Federal Regulations

The DOT and NYSPSC require LMPs and their personnel to be Tasks 86 and/or 87 operator-qualified. This criterion is in place to make sure that those carrying out these important jobs have the knowledge and abilities needed to do so in a safe and efficient manner.

7-Hour Training Course

Those who want to become operator qualified need to finish a 7-hour training program. The fundamental information and abilities needed for Tasks 86 and 87 are covered in this course. Typical subjects cover:

  • Components of the gas pipe system
  • Best practices and safety protocols
  • Techniques for maintenance and inspection
  •  Standards and conformity with regulations

Exams, both written and practical

The written and practical tests are required of applicants once they finish the training course. Their comprehension of theoretical information, such as safety rules and the intricacies of gas pipe systems, is tested in the written exam. The practical exam tests their competence to examine, maintain, and build gas pipe systems in real life.

Program for Randomized Drug and Alcohol Testing

An individual's participation in a random drug and alcohol testing program is a requirement for operator certification. By ensuring that those carrying out gas pipe work are not impaired by substances that might affect their judgment and performance, this requirement improves safety.

Management and Accreditation

In NYC, the operator qualification program for LMPs and their technicians is managed by the Plumbing Foundation of New York City. This company makes sure that all applicants fulfill the necessary requirements by supervising the training, testing, and certification procedures.

Long Island and the National Grid Requirements

Operator certification is another requirement set by National Grid for anyone working on Task 87 on Long Island. The PHCC LI program offers training and testing procedures that are comparable to those in New York City, and it is via this program that one may receive certification.


Task 86/87 Gas Operator Certification is a mandatory qualification for licensed plumbers in NYC and Long Island. A 7-hour training session, passing written and practical tests, and taking part in a random drug and alcohol testing program are requirements for certification. This Plumbing Foundation of New York City and PHCC LI program certification ensures that LMPs and their technicians can safely inspect, maintain, and connect gas piping in accordance with federal and state regulations.

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