There are usually two requirements of medical gas installers, state requirements and NFPA 99 requirements. They vary from state to state, as well as within each state and sometimes can be very confusing. Check with your local building department for more information.
The NFPA 99 requirements for medical gas installers are straightforward and standardized across the country. It states qualified competent technicians who are experienced in performing the installations, including all personnel who actually install the piping systems, shall be required to make the installations.
Installers of medical gas and vacuum pipe distribution systems, including all pump compressor and manifold systems, shall be certified in accordance with the ASSE 6010. The ASSE 6010 is the professional qualification standards for medical gas system installers. Installers are not allowed to use their certifications to oversee installations by non-certified personnel. Installers must also maintain qualifications in accordance with the section IX of the ASME boiler and pressure vessel code. Credentialing for 6010 medical gas and vacuum system installer should be done through a nationally recognized third-party credentialing company.
One such company is the national inspection and testing corporation. To qualify for the course, one must have four years of documented practical experience in the field of installing, plumbing or mechanical systems. Candidates must complete a minimum 32-hour course, instructed by a 60 50 medical gas systems instructor certified to the ASSE standard. Upon completion of the course, candidates must pass the proctored 100-question examination and practical brazing test. Candidates must achieve at least 77% or better on a hundred-question multiple-choice test. During the practical brazing examination, candidates are required to successfully braise a one-and-a-half-inch copper coupon horizontally and vertically. Successful braze joints will have a minimum of 80% filler metal in each section of the coupons. Currently, the NITC certified successful candidates to the 2015 edition of the NFPA 99. If you would like more information about getting credentials as a medical gas installer, give us a call.
If you’re interested in being a credentialed medical gas installer, you can attend our class being held in our Carle Place service center this June. Call now for more information at 1.844.768.4878.