Training providers Business Edge Ltd and Centro Studi Galileo (Italy) have signed an agreement providing F-Gas certification to Italian technicians.
The move follows pressure from the EU to launch F-Gas regulation in Italy. Currently Italian technicians do not require such certification to work with F-Gasses, and therefore they cannot work in any other European country where the legislation is already in place.
Successful delegates will be issued with a certificate and card provided by an approved certification body for the Safe Handling of Refrigerants J11 (Category 1) qualification.
27 technicians have already passed the assessments and achieved the UK F-Gas certification, and can now handle F-Gases during installation, maintenance and repairs of plant systems including refrigeration and air conditioning equipment containing refrigerant which can only be handled by personnel holding recognised F-Gas certification.
Italy is one of the very few countries in Europe in which this certification (obligatory throughout all of Europe) has not yet been implemented by the government.
Italy should have implemented European Commission Regulation 842/2006 before the 4 July 2009. Other countries which have not yet implemented this regulation are Greece and Romania, amongst others: 23 out of 27 countries already have the legislation in place.
The examination which leads to the F-Gas Certification includes theoretical and practical elements. The minimum requirements which are needed in order to pass the exam are included in the European Commission Regulation 303/2008.
The F-Gas Certification is valid throughout all countries within Europe; each member state of the European Union has to recognise the other EU countries in relation to people and activities taking place in any of the 27 Member Countries of the EU.