Training & Qualifications

Operator Qualification


In 1999, the Operator Qualification (OQ) final rule was issued, enhancing training requirements for pipeline operators. The rule, which was adopted into the Code of Federal Regulations under Subpart N in 49 CFR Part 192 and Subpart G in 49 CFR Part 195, requires pipeline operators to document that certain employees have been adequately trained to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions that may occur while performing specific tasks.

The Inspector Training and Qualifications Division (TQ) makes available technical reference materials related to OQ to supplement the training materials. Natural gas and hazardous liquid operators may access these technical materials to better understand and comply with OQ training and record keeping requirements. Please note that TQ only provides formal training to federal and state inspectors; all other information is supplemental.

Operators should refer to the Regulatory Information for a history of changes to various sections of the Code of Federal Regulations. For an official record of current regulations, please refer to the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.