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Operator Qualification for Pipelines
Designing an Effective OQ Program that Aids Compliance, Handles Change, and Demonstrates Improvements
April 9, 2020 | Denver, CO

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All pipeline operators subject to Parts 192 and 195 are covered by the OQ rule and are responsible for ensuring that any employees, contractor employees, and subcontractor employees who perform covered tasks on their pipeline systems are qualified in accordance with the OQ rule.

Operators must develop and maintain a fully qualified, compliant workforce. In addition, master meters, government facilities, and housing authorities are required to develop an operator qualification program. 

In this training we will discuss key factors when developing an OQ plan using the requirements of DOT 192 and the additional benefits of using ASME B-31Q.  We will also look at state requirements verses federal requirements and past NOPVs (Notices of Probable Violations) to ensure a sound program for your company.  We will examine new rules related to integrity management that could impact your task list and how to identify these tasks.  As part of the continuous improvement of your program we will look at how to review your program, your methods of tracking management of change, and how you can show continual improvement.  We will also discuss how to prepare for an audit. 

Note: This course does not provide OQ certification for covered tasks. It is intended as a regulatory compliance overview for compliance managers and OQ program managers

Learning Outcomes 

  • Review Operator Qualification – Background and Overview
  • Discuss History
  • Gain an overview of the federal regulatory requirements of CFR 192
  • Review of ASME B31Q and benefits of use
  • Discuss developments in state OQ requirements
  • Review of NOPVs (Notice of Probable Violations)
  • Review rule changes and their possible impact to OQ Tasks
  • Assess annual review process
  • Discuss audit preparation



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.8 CEUs for this event.


Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course. 

Instructional Methods 

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and classroom exercises will be used in the instruction of this course. 


Thursday, April 9, 2020

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  :: Group Luncheon

Background and History

The Details: Guidance on the Requirements

  • Operator Qualification Plan Requirements
  • Employee OQ requirements
  • Contractor OQ Requirements
  • Span of control
  • Identifying covered tasks
  • Documents and procedures
  • Recordkeeping
  • Abnormal operating conditions
  • Maintenance vs new construction
  • Training
  • Re-evaluation intervals and methods

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. :: Networking Break

Changes Coming for OQ Impact 

  • Impact of recent rule changes and the impact of covered tasks
  • State requirements proposed and in effect

Annual Review of OQ program

  • Review of procedures
  • Review of tasks list
  • Review of processes
  • Review of documentation

Review of NOPVs

  • Impact of these findings on your plan

Preparing for an Audit

  • Review of the inspection protocol
  • Identifying risk

2:30-3:00 p.m. :: Networking Break

Preparing for an Audit (Continued)

  • Preparing participating staff
  • Preparing management
  • What departments to include in the inspection

5:00 p.m. :: End of Course


David Landry, Midstream Services, Industrial Training Services

David joined the U.S. Airforce as an Aircraft Weapons Systems Specialist stationed in South Carolina. After returning from Desert Storm in 1991, Dave began his career in the pipeline industry with South Carolina Electric and Gas (SCE&G). While employed with SCE&G, he gained valuable operations and compliance experience working in technical support, OQ compliance, compliance supervision, sales, and marketing.

He moved to Carolina Gas Transmission, a Dominion Energy Company, in 2010 where he was responsible for the Operator Qualifications and Public Awareness compliance programs for the company. He also sat on the board of directors for South Carolina 811 for 8 years.


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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Advanced Operator Qualifications for PipelinesUS $ 895.00 US $ 995.00

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before March 06, 2020 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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