APSSCA

Alberta Petroleum Storage Systems Contractor's Association

CPCA Petroleum Mechanic Training Program

Existing installer & remover licenses were extended to March 31, 2007. In Alberta, we have adopted the new CPCA standard for training & certification. Manuals are available once registration is done & fees are paid. Examinations are scheduled on an as-needed basis.

If you are a remover only, you will have to write a remover only exam through the PTMAA. This exam will also be available to write prior to the expiration of current licenses.

Following is an overview of the new CPCA model. If you have any questions, please contact any of the APSSCA directors.

Overview of the CPCA Petroleum Mechanic Training Program

Introduction

The CPCA Petroleum Mechanic Training Program has been adopted by the following provinces: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec

Steps to take for the Petroleum Mechanic Training and Certification Program

  1. Fill out the registration form (available on CPCA website)
  2. Select training program or challenge exam if you qualify. Training manuals will be sent to you for the home study course.
  3. Send in payment with the registration form to the CPCA
  4. You will be notified when the next course will be available (exam dates will be posted on the A.P.S.S.C.A. website)
  5. Examiner will do a 2 hr. review of the course before the exam (exam and review takes about 6 hrs.)
  6. Write the A.P.S.S.C.A. exam and the PTMAA exam.

Description of license categories overview

PMH—Petroleum Mechanic Helper
  • The PMH license is a prerequisite for individuals that are new to the industry (senior individuals do not need to write the PMH exam)
  • Can replace nozzles, spouts, hoses, breakaways, filters & belts
  • Contain & clean up spills and leaks
  • May assist the holder of a PM1, PM2, or PM3 license if directly supervised by the holder of that license
PM1—Service & Maintenance (Includes Precision Testers)
  • Must have a PMH license (senior individuals do not need to write the PMH exam)
  • Can service & maintain petroleum equipment & systems
  • Install & remove dispenser & suction pumps & related systems
  • Repair, troubleshoot, test or replace mechanical, hydraulic, electrical & electronic safety devices
  • Must be under direct supervision of a PM1 license holder in order to complete their experience requirement for this level of certification
PM2—Underground Installations & Removals
  • Must have a PMH license (senior individuals do not need to write the PMH exam)
  • Can install, remove, alter, repair, test, service & maintain any type of underground installation & the equipment & accessories essential to it’s operation
  • Pressure testing
  • Install & remove submersible pumps, dispensers & related systems
  • Must be under direct supervision of a PM2 license holder in order to complete their experience requirement for this level of certification
PM3—Aboveground Installations
  • Must have a PMH license (senior individuals do not need to write the PMH exam)
  • Can install, remove, alter, repair, test, service & maintain any type of aboveground installation & the equipment & accessories essential to it’s operation
  • Pressure testing
  • Install & remove submersible pumps, dispensers & related systems
  • Must be under direct supervision of a PM3 license holder in order to complete their experience requirement for this level of certification
Trade Experience Requirements
  • PM1 – Service & Maintenance = 1000 Hours
  • PM2 – Underground Installations = 2000 Hours
  • PM3 – Aboveground Installations = 500 Hours

Challenge Process

Licenses can be challenged with an affidavit for verification of trade experience signed by a Commissioner for Oaths (fill-out Form 1 & 3, available on the CPCA website).

Please note: for new individuals looking to become Petroleum Technicians, you still need to register and fill-out all of the forms and submit them to the CPCA to start the process.

Training examinations will be scheduled & coordinated through C.P.C.A.  In order to complete this, the registration process needs to be started as soon as possible. Scheduling the exams for the challenge process will be based on registrations and requests for taking the exams.

Applicants are required to write the appropriate examination for the license they are applying for. You will also be required to pass an examination by P.T.M.A.A. in order to receive a license to work in Alberta. This exam is intended to be written at the same time as the C.P.C.A. exam and will be based on Provincial Regulations and the Alberta Fire Code.

Individuals are required to register & purchase training materials. The Petroleum Mechanic Course Training program is based on a home study format. The recommended hours of study are as follows:

PMH – 35 hours
PM1 – 40 hours
PM2 – 40 hours
PM3 – 40 hours

Examinations are multiple choice and a minimum passing grade of 75% is required.

More information is available by contacting C.P.C.A. online at www.cpcaonline.com as well as A.P.S.S.C.A. at info@apssca.com.