Medical Gas Piping Installer Certification
A partnership has been formed with CSA Group, the United Association Canada (UA) and the National Association of Union Schools and Colleges (NAUSC). This initiative will provide a Canadian piping trades training and certification national standard for medical gas piping installations that will ensure safe and productive worksites for anyone involved in installation and maintenance of piping systems in all areas of the piping industry in Canada.
The acronym Med G.A.S. stands for Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installation.
CSA Group will provide the written exam which ensures compliance to the CSA Z7396.1 Medical Gas Standard. The UA Med G.A.S program will prepare Journeyperson and Apprentice pipe trades workers to complete medical gas piping installations with the skills and abilities to complete the work safely and securely in all forms of construction and maintenance operations in the hospital construction industry.
Compliance with the CSA Z7396.1 Medical Gas Standard along with the Med G.A.S program will ensure hospitals will be built with workers trained to the best standards available.
Piping Industry Tradespersons that are Journeypersons or Registered Apprentices in the following occupations:
- Program Highlights
- Standardizes the skills and knowledge of piping industry Journeypersons and Registered Apprentices.
- Allows tradespersons to work safely and successfully in medical gas pipeline installation projects
- Ensure hospitals are built with workers trained to the best standards available.
Certificate of Qualification for Plumber or Steamfitter/Pipefitter (Provincial or Red Seal)
Certificate of successful completion of medical gas training course is required including:
- Minimum of 32 hours of classroom/theory; and
- Minimum of 4 hours of practical including brazing and purging procedures.
CSA Group recognized training courses are offered through:
*Commission de la Construction du Quebec (CCQ) (www.ccq.org)
*National Association of Unions Schools & Colleges (www.nausc.ca/locations)
*Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (www.nait.ca)
Training courses may be offered through your organization or through local community colleges and trades organizations. Please contact CSA to determine if your training course meets the certification criteria.
Certificate of successful completion of a Medical Gas Performance Test (Brazed copper joint) acceptable to the AHJ in the province of residence.
CSA Written Examination
Successful completion of a written exam
Minimum Candidate Qualifications
The Med G.A.S. Personnel Certification tests each candidate's knowledge to ensure the candidate possesses the knowledge and skills of a minimally qualified candidate. The minimally qualified candidate will possess the necessary knowledge for the following (but not limited to):
- CSA Z7396.1 Standard requirements.
- Medical Gas Tools and Equipment
- Principles of Medical Gas Pipeline Systems
- Brazing & Purging theory
- Certification requirements
- Hospital Shutdowns
- Practical Brazing & Purging
- Installation Tests
When your application is submitted and accepted by CSA Group, you will have 6 months to complete the certification process.
You will be permitted to challenge the written exam up to two additional times if necessary, for a total of three times per application. Additional sitting fees are applicable for second and third exam attempts as necessary.
Fees submitted with your initial application cover the application fee and one examination attempt.
Once you have passed the exam and have earned certification, you will be listed on CSA Group's People Search database of certified personnel.
- Textbook / Resources: CSA Medical Gas Piping and Systems Installation Personnel Certification Guide
- CSA Z7396.1 Medical Gas Standard