Non Domestic Frequently Asked Questions

1.       Why should I register?

Following the successful introduction of a register for domestic gas installers and to help ensure safety of gas in non-domestic premises, it will be a legal requirement for all those carrying out non domestic gas works to be registered.

2.       How does this law apply to gas installers?

With certain exemptions, the law will apply to all people installing, removing, repairing, maintaining or replacing Natural Gas or LPG fittings within the scope of I.S. 820.  This includes the whole gas installation from pipework to appliances which are used or designed to be used by a Non-Domestic Customer.

3.       Who should register?

Anyone, including trainees, carrying out or intending to carry out non domestic Gas Works, from 2019.

4.       Do I need to register if I am already an RGI for domestic installation?

Yes, this is a standalone scheme, separate from the Register of Domestic Gas Installers

5.       How do I register?

Visit rgii.ie and apply to join the provisional register for free before January 1ST 2019.

6.       What does it cost to register?

The provisional register is free. The fees for the full, mandatory register have not yet been determined. Membership fees and certificate prices as approved by the CRU will published by RGII.

7.       What is the provisional register?

The provisional register is a voluntary first step ahead of the mandatory register coming from January 2019. It will determine individual’s additional training requirements. The provisional register does not guarantee that you will be eligible for full registration in 2019 but does identify you as a person who wishes to become a non domestic RGI and access training.

8.       I am already on the provisional register what do I do now?

Please ensure you have submitted proof of qualifications and experience to RGII. RGII will contact you if they or the RPL Committee require more information from you. You will be notified if and when you are transferred to the Interim Register and given details of the training you need to undertake to achieve full registration.

9.       Can an installer operating under company registration do gas works other than for the registered company?

No. The regulatory system provides for individually registered gas installers to operate under company registration. Each registered installer who will undertake gas works on behalf of a registered company must be either full, trainee or provisional registered members of RGII. However, General Registration conditions such as commercial insurance, fees etc. can be met at a company level. A non domestic registered installer, registered under a company, can only do work for that company and use certs purchased under the company registration number. Where the same registered non domestic installer wishes to carry out gas works privately, they will be required to register personally and maintain appropriate insurance cover to allow them to purchase certs for their private gas works.

Where the same registered non domestic installer wishes to carry out gas works privately, they will be required to register personally and maintain appropriate insurance cover to allow them to purchase certs for their private gas works.

10.   Can apprentices or trainees register?

Apprentices / trainees must register if they intend undertaking gas works. Applicants must show evidence of education/training achieved to date and must also be in a position to nominate a qualified non-domestic RGI supervisor(s) who will take responsibility for supervising work and signing off completion certificates issued by the trainee.

11.   What qualifications do I need to fully register?

For qualification, initially you will need to complete the compulsory Non domestic Gas Core Safety and Pipework module. At a later date, specialist, elective modules will also be available.

The programme comprises the following modules:

1.       Non domestic Gas and Pipework Safety (Compulsory)

2.       Space Heating and Hot Water Installation (Elective)

3.       Catering and Laundry Installations (Elective)

4.       Power Generation and CHP Installations (Elective)

12.   Is there a discount for registration for those already registered for Domestic Gas Works?

No, this is a standalone scheme. Registration as a non-domestic installer provides legal entitlement to carry out a separate category of gas works.  Registration fee covers cost of inspection

13.   What are the requirements for Full Membership (Non domestic)

Full Membership (Non domestic) will be open to individuals who hold a Non domestic Gas Safety award, or equivalent and required insurance.

14.   What are the requirements for Trainee Membership (Non domestic).

Trainee Membership (Non domestic) will be open to individuals who are undertaking an  apprenticeship for an Irish Advanced Craft Certificate in Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Fitting Refrigeration, or equivalent and are working towards Full Membership (Non domestic) of RGII.

15.   Proposed Interim Membership. How does it work?

Due to constraints in available Non-Domestic Gas Safety training places it has been agreed that a one year period will be given to allow applicants complete the mandatory training. This will be known as Interim Membership (Non-Domestic). This ensures those holding such membership are compliant with the new legislation and are entitled to legally undertake gas works in non-domestic environments. Only individuals who meet RGII General Membership conditions and which include following conditions:

a.                                 Experience within the non domestic gas industry for a minimum period of four years in the preceding ten.

b.                                 By January 2019, the installer must successfully complete the necessary training requirements for Full Membership (Non domestic).

16.   Is there any exemption from part of the NDGS course for experienced / fully qualified installers?

There is provision for partial exemptions to elements of the training which, when applied for, will be assessed by the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Committee. This is a panel of independent experts set up to examine applications on a case-by-case basis.

17.   I have worked in the industry for 10 years but I don’t hold a trade certificate what should I do?
It is recognised that some applicants will not hold formal qualifications but have attained considerable experience. For a limited period a lack of formal qualifications will not necessarily block entry. Please go to http://www.rgii.ie to provisionally register. Registering will facilitate assessment of qualifications to determine additional training requirements.  Completing a Provisional Non domestic Registration form on line is free of charge. Submitting your details does not guarantee you will be eligible for full registration in 2019 but does identify you as a person who wishes to register and wishes to communicate with the new registration scheme prior to its start date.

18.   Where can I do the required training?

At present, METAC is currently the only approved training provider. As demand for places is likely to be high, please contact METAC directly to arrange your place on the Non domestic Gas and Pipework Safety module:

info@metac.ie  057 8756540 Unit 3-4 Mountrath Enterprise Park, Mountrath, Co. Laois

19.   Will a five-yearly competency assessment be required?

Yes. This is in line with good practice already established on the domestic scheme.

20.   Once I’ve done the training, what happens next?

Once you successfully complete the course, and are fully registered as an RGI for Non domestic Installations, you will be listed on the RGI website.

If you are on the Interim Register, you will be issued with an RGI non domestic number and notified by email from RGII regarding what training you need to undertake to achieve full registration. You will also need to provide proof of insurance, pay fees and buy certificates to enable you to continue to undertake non domestic gas works.

21.   Where is the line between commercial and domestic?

This is excerpt from CER Decision paper on Non Domestic Gas Works CER15244:

The RGI scheme will be extended to include non-domestic works. Non-Domestic Gas Works are defined as the installation, removal, repair servicing, maintenance or replacement (or any combination of the foregoing) of gas fittings covered by I.S 820. This includes any Natural gas and LPG installation in commercial and public access buildings at maximum operating pressures not exceeding 5 bar and industrial gas installations at maximum operating pressures not exceeding 0.5 bar, from the point of delivery up to and including the appliance(s) in Non-Domestic premises. This proposal includes all works related to the installation, removal, repair servicing, maintenance or replacement (or any combination of the foregoing) of gas fittings covered by I.S 820. If the boiler has been designed to be used by a domestic customer but is installed in a Commercial or industrial premises it falls within the scope of Domestic Gas Works. See gas works definitions in S.I. No 225 of 2009 and S.I.299 of 2011

22.   Does my insurance need to change for non domestic gas work?

Individual insurance companies should answer this.

 23.   What is I.S. 820?

Irish Standard 820 ‘Non domestic Gas Installations’ sets out requirements which, if complied with by a competent installer, ensures the safe installation / repair / inspection / maintenance of non domestic gas installations. It specifies the requirements which are to be met for natural gas or LPG installations at pressures not exceeding 5 bar, from the point of delivery of the gas up to and including the appliance(s) in non domestic premises. For LPG installations it also includes the requirements for the installation of intermediate pressure systems between the outlet of the first stage pressure regulator at the bulk storage tank (or cylinder) and the second stage regulator(s) which supply the low pressure system. Includes requirements relating to: the design, construction and testing of pipework, pipework ancillaries and meters for new installations as well as to replaced parts of, or extensions to, existing installation pipework; purging of air from, and the admission of gas to, pipework installations and their hand over to the operator; the installation and commissioning of appliances; and the safe operation and maintenance of installations in use. Copies of I.S. 820 are available from www.standards.ie or from RGII

24.   Is there a date for the completion of the review of IS820?

Target date December 2018. This will be published by NSAI.

25.   Will there be additional training when I.S.820 is updated?

There will be Technical Bulletins, as deemed appropriate.

 

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