Fuel Technician Certification and Examinations
What is the Fuels Certification Program?
The Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Business Services, through the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), regulates the Gas Technician and Oil Burner Technician occupations. A certification structure for these occupations is in place, under the newly created Regulation and Technical Standards and Safety Act. Programs of study have been lengthened to accommodate knowledge and skills required to service today's more sophisticated gas and oil burning equipment.
All fuel certification programs and courses offered at Mohawk College are accredited by the TSSA. Mohawk's Stoney Creek Campus is an approved Certification Test Centre for all Fuel Certification examinations.
How long does it take to complete Certification training?
Mohawk College offers Gas Technician and Oil Burner Technician training during the day & evening at the Stoney Creek Campus.
Gas Technician Training
- The GT-3 evening program is 180 hours and is part of the CE Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate; the day program is completed in 45 class sessions. The evening program is completed in 36 sessions, with classes offered twice weekly (22.5 weeks).
- The GT-2 evening program is 480 hours; the day program is blended with OBT training. Gas training is completed over two days weekly for 20 weeks. The training hours are different. The evening program is delivered in four parts of 120 hours each, requiring a minimum period of study of 16 months (two sessions per week).
- The GT-1 certification requires 160 hours of study beyond GT-2.
Oil Burner Technician Training
- The OBT-3 day program is completed in 30 sessions.
- The OBT-3 evening program is completed in 30 sessions, with classes offered twice weekly (15 weeks)
- The OBT-2 evening program is delivered in three parts of 120 hours each.
- The OBT-1 program is currently under review.
Note: The Oil Burner Technician Training is only offered through day school at this time.
How much does Certification training cost?
For Continuing Education courses, please refer to the fees on the website at the time of registration.
Admission & Registration
You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered. Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.
- Applicants with Grade 12, especially Mathematics & English are best equipped to handle the curriculum.
- Experience working with gas and/or oil fueled equipment is a definite advantage.
Please note the purchase of books will be required; instructors will advise.
Program of Studies
Program of Studies - Gas Technician
The Gas Technician Certification program includes three levels:
- Gas Technician 3 (GT-3)
This is a mandatory, entry-level certification which must be completed by anyone wanting to work as a Gas Technician. GT-3 training includes 9 modules which are prerequisites for the remaining certification training. The GT-3 is now renewable bi-annually. Individuals with GT-3 certification work under supervision on appliances up to and including 400,000 BTUH.
- Gas Technician 2 (GT-2)
GT-2 certification requires successful completion of Modules 10 - 24 . These are prerequisites for future certification training. The GT-2 can be renewed and allows technicians to work unsupervised on appliances up to and including 400,000 BTUH. The certification is renewable bi-annually.
- Gas Technician 1 (GT-1)
The GT-1 is the highest level of gas technician certification. To obtain GT-1 certification, you must successfully complete Modules 25 - 31 of the training program. The GT-1 allows technicians to work on appliances of unlimited BTUH inputs and which use natural gas and propane gas in its vapour state. The certification is renewable bi-annually.
Program of Studies - Oil Burner Technician
The Oil Burner Technician Certification program includes three levels:
- Oil Burner Technician 3 (OBT-3)
This is a mandatory, entry-level certification which must be completed by anyone wanting to work as an Oil Burner Technician. An Oil Burner Tech. 3 may work in the presence of and under general or direct supervision of an OBT-1 or OBT-2 on any oil fired appliance using # 2 fuel oil of not more than 2 U.S.G.P.H. input firing rating, oil burner, controls or accessories which form a component part of the appliance assembly directly or remotely attached; and unsupervised, may clean, lubricate, or reactivate an appliance; clean, remove and replace any flue pipe or the barometric damper. OBT-3 training includes 13 modules which are prerequisites for the remaining certification training.
- Oil Burner Technician 2 (OBT-2)
OBT-2 certification requires successful completion of Modules 14 - 23. These modules are delivered in three parts and are prerequisites for future certification training. OBT-2 certification allows technicians to work unsupervised on appliances using number 2 fuel oil, up to and including 7 U.S.G.P.H.
- Oil Burner Technician 1 (OBT - 1)
The OBT-1 is the highest level of oil burner technician certification. The OBT-1 allows technicians to work on appliances using number 2 fuel oil, with no B.T.U.H. input limitations. Currently, the TSSA and the Canadian Oil Heating Association (C.O.H.A.) are reviewing the curriculum. For those individuals grandfathered into level one, please note that certification is renewable biannually.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fuel Certification Challenge Examinations
Challenge Examinations for Gas and Oil Burner Technician III Certifications may be written at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) 1-877-682-8772 www.tssa.org. After successful completion of the written challenge examination (minimum pass 75%), you must submit to a Practical Assessment. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority will conduct practical assessments at a location of their choice. Scheduling appointments and costs to be determined at the time of calling the TSSA.
Theoretical challenge examinations for Oil or Gas Technician will interest those with Gas or Oil Burner Technician experience who are not certified in any category or have never possessed any Certificate of Qualification as a Gas or Oil Burner Technician. Reinstatement and higher category challenge examinations will have to be arranged and written at the TSSA.
If you wish to challenge the Gas or Oil Burner Technician II exam or the Gas and Oil Burner Technician 1 exam you must provide proof of the following to the TSSA:
- A valid Gas or Oil Burner Technician III or II certification, depending on the exam you are challenging.
- Documentation of the hours related to the work experience for the license that you are challenging types of equipment etc.
Documented proof of related work experience would include letters or affidavits from employers detailing work experience related to the certification sought and the name and certificate number of the supervising certificate holder(s).
Rewrites & Re-examination:
Candidates will be permitted to attempt the theoretical and practical exams a maximum of three times. A candidate being unsuccessful in their third attempt must attend a full training program again. Not with standing, as per OREG 215, the candidate may apply to the TSSA, Director, Fuel Safety Division providing exceptional reasons for a fourth attempt. One is able to rewrite after thirty days of an unsuccessful attempt.
Mohawk College will advertise a rewrite schedule in its Continuing Education catalogue and website; Continuing Education Virtual Catalogue.
No one should fill out an application for a higher certification level until successfully completing a lower level certification.
Can Certification courses be used as credits in other Mohawk College programs?
Yes, GT-3 and OBT-3 can be used as credits in the Mohawk College Heating, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning Certificate Program, the Power Engineering Techniques Program, the Utilities Systems Operator Program, and the Gas/Oil Burner Technician II Program.
For more information
For inquiries about the status of licenses, licensing requirements, reinstatement of licenses, or other general information about the Fuels Certification Program, contact TSSA or visit website for the latest information releases on the fuels certification program.
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