Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association

Training

C.P.C.A’s training and certification program was developed to provide a national training standard for individuals who are entering the petroleum mechanic industry as well as for experienced technicians. The program is based on national standards including the National Fire Code and the Canadian Council Ministers of the Environment – Code of Practices.

Saskatchewan uses the C.P.C.A course for their Trades Recognition program. This is the first province to implement an apprenticeship program for petroleum mechanics. Our courses are in a self-study, modular format and are delivered by our member provincial associations.

CPCA – CERTIFICATION OVERVIEW

There are two options to receive CPCA Petroleum Mechanic certification, individuals can participate in training or request to challenge the certification examinations.

HOME STUDY PROGRAM

The CPCA home study program provides the necessary theoretical training in preparation for the required course examinations.

CHALLENGE PROCESS

The Challenge Process allows individuals who have the required practical experience and who hold other relevant provincial certification to apply for a Petroleum Mechanic license without participating in theoretical training.

The Challenge process cannot replace the traditional method of home study training.

Applicants to be approved by the CPCA based on sufficient practical experience, to be determined by CPCA. Challenge participants are supplied with a training manual.

For more information, click on the appropriate category located under the main menu under Training & Certification.

CERTIFICATE CATEGORIES

Below is an overview of the Petroleum Mechanic licenses available. Detailed descriptions are available in the CPCA Policies and Procedures.

PMH – PETROLEUM MECHANIC HELPER

A person who holds a PMH license may without supervision, maintain pumps, including replacing nozzles, spouts, hoses, breakaways, filters and belts and may access, contain and clean up spills and leaks.

The PMH license is a prerequisite for individuals new to the industry and/or who do not have the required experience.

PM1 – SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE

A person who holds a PM1 license may, without supervision, service and maintain petroleum equipment and systems, and accessories essential to their operation.

  • Install and remove suction pumps and related systems
  • Repair and maintain suction pumps and related systems
  • Repair and maintain submersible pumps, dispensers and related systems

PM2 – UNDERGROUND INSTALLATION

A person who holds a PM2 license may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, test, service and maintain any type of underground installation and the equipment and accessories essential to its operation.

  • Install underground tanks
  • Remove underground tanks
  • Install petroleum transfer systems
  • Repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks
  • Install and remove submersible pumps

PM3 – ABOVEGROUND INSTALLATION

A person who holds a PM3 license may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, repair, test, service and maintain any type of aboveground installation and the equipment and accessories essential to its operation.

  • Install above-ground tanks
  • Remove above-ground tanks
  • Repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks
  • Install, remove, repair and maintain bulk handling equipment

SO – SITE OPERATOR

A person who holds an SO certificate may, without supervision, manage a fuel facility, including record keeping, reconciliation, and inventory control; maintain pumps, including replacing nozzles, spouts, hoses, breakaways, filters and belts; and asses, contain and clean up spills and leaks.

Training Course Instructors Needed!

Please contact Michelle Rae at the CPCA office if you are interested in becoming a CPCA certified instructor.