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Department of Labour and Advanced Education - Technical Safety Division is the authority for safety programs related to pressure equipment and gas in the province.
BPE Contractor Licence: Under Technical Safety Act (see Technical Safety Act under Links).
Boilers & Pressure Equipment (BPE) is responsible to administer and regulate the Nova Scotia Safety Regulations for boilers and pressure equipment, fuel safety, crane operators, power engineers, standards, general matters and fees ( see Boiler and Pressure Equipment Regulations - Section 49 under Links).
A BPE Contractor Licence is required for companies working on regulated pressure equipment. Permits for installing or working on equipment at a specific location in the province will not be approved unless the contractor doing the work is in possession of a contractor licence. Activities performed related to pressure equipment that requires a contractor licence includes, but is not limited to:
work as a manufacturer, fabricator, installer or contractor on regulated boilers and pressure equipment;
work to repair or alter or perform maintenance on regulated boilers and pressure equipment and safety devices;
welding, brazing, or bonding on regulated boilers and pressure equipment;
employing personnel and providing for licencing of personnel that will perform welding, brazing, or bonding on regulated boilers and pressure equipment.
In order to obtain BPE Contractor Licence, the applicant shall submit a Quality Program Manual accepted by the BPE Inspector and a BPE Contractor License Application to BPE. After licencing, should a change or revision be made to a registered Quality Program Manual, the changes must be reviewed and accepted by the BPE Inspector assigned to your area or the Authority Having Jurisdiction if from outside Nova Scotia.
A BPE permit must be obtained before any work, repair, alteration or installation is performed on any boiler, refrigeration plant, pressure vessel or pressure piping system. An application for a BPE permit must be accompanied by all of the following:
Written description of the regulated work to be done
Drawings for the regulated work to be done
Particulars of the machinery and components to be used
Applicant's BPE contractor licence number
Equipment Licence: A person must hold an equipment licence to use or operate a boiler, pressure vessel or refrigeration plant, or to cause or permit a boiler, pressure vessel or refrigeration plant to be used or operated.
Pressure Welder License: A person must hold a pressure welder licence in the appropriate class to weld on any regulated product a pressure welder must be employed by a pressure welding employer who holds a BPE contractor licence. There are two classes of pressure welder licence:
First time pressure welders must complete an application and meet the minimum required practical experience or educational qualifications as required by the BPE Regulations. Testing can be arranged by contacting the Technical Safety Division, Boilers and Pressure Vessels Section.
Before it is manufactured, fabricated, inspected, installed or operated in the Province, A Canadian Registration Number (CRN) with BPE is required for the following:
fittings to be used on a boiler system or pressure equipment;
petroleum furnace coils;
pressure piping systems
The registration is submitted to the Chief Inspector or to the Chief Inspector through ACI Central Inc. (ACIC). ACIC is a non-profit organization overseeing the CRN registration, safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. ACIC is incorporated under the laws of Prince Edward Island and its membership is voluntary.
Fuel Safety in Nova Scotia are regulated by Fuel Safety Section of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education under Section 49 of The Technical Safety Act (see Fuel Safety Regulations - Section 49 under Links).
The Fuel Safety Section oversees fuel safety, pressure vessels, and Operating Engineers, while municipalities check for compliance with local by-laws.
Fuel Safety (Company) Licence: Fuel Safety Licence shall be obtained by any company engaged in:
storing and distributing propane;
installing, repairing, or servicing appliances, containers, gas equipment or gas piping systems;
operating a natural gas vehicle refueling or cylinder filling station.
Fuel Safety (Technician's) Certificate: The following classes of certification is available for Gas Operators:
Class B: Operate a bulk propane plant
Class C: Transport propane in portable containers
Class D: Operate a tank truck transporting propane
Class E: Operate a cargo liner transporting propane
Class F: Operate a propane dispensing unit
Class G: Install, repair, service or maintain a gas appliance, container or piping system as permitted by the subclass
The following classes of Gas Technician Licence are available:
Gas Technician I: Service and installation of gas equipment (vapour phase only) of any btu rating
Gas Technician II: Restricted to the service and installation of gas equipment (vapour phase only) of a btu rating of 400,000 btu or less
Gas Technician III: Restricted to the service and installation of gas equipment (vapour phase only) of a btu rating of 400,000 btu or less and under the supervision of a Gas Technician I or Gas Technician II
The following classes of Gas Technician Licence with Liquid Propane are available:
Gas Technician I (LP) Service and installation of gas equipment (vapour or liquid propane) of any btu rating
Gas Technician II (LP) Service and installation of gas equipment (vapour or liquid propane) of a btu rating of 400,000 btu or less
Oil Burner Technician service and installation of oil burning appliances and equipment that uses a grade of oil up to and including grade #2 oil, waste oil, or bio-fuels.