Federal and State regulation CFR 49.192, Subpart N and GO 112F require that individuals performing covered tasks on the gas pipeline system hold the applicable qualifications at the time of performing the work. Operator Qualification is required for any work on the gas pipeline system or in construction of new gas pipeline facilities that will be connected to the gas pipeline system.
A full list of PG&E qualifications can be obtained by calling 1-855-854-6227 and selecting Option 4, or by emailing OQPlasticSched@pge.com.
Here are the steps to getting qualified:
NOTE: PG&E requires that all written and performance testing must be conducted in English and without use of translation services.
Contractor who performs excavation is required to hold 05-07 (Damage Prevention) and OQ-0215 (Installation, Backfill, Compacting) qualifications. In most cases, one qualified individual is required per excavation. Please contact PG&E OQ team if you have more questions about the OQ requirements.
If you install gas lines, you need additional qualifications: 02-14 (Tracer Wire), 03-14 & 03-15 (Attaching Elec Connections) or 21-XX & 22-XX (Pipe Joining Qualifications).
GO 112F, a State of California Code, requires new construction tasks to be included as an operator qualification and treated according to CFR 49.192, Subpart N.
PG&E OQ requirements apply to gas specific or joint trench projects (i.e. electric and gas). If the applicant installer performs excavation or trenching for other utilities (electric only, water, sewerage, cable, etc.), NO OQ is required for these projects even though they are trenching within 2’ of any gas facilities.
Federal and State regulation (CFR 49.192, Subpart N and GO 112F) require that individuals performing covered tasks on the gas pipeline system or in construction of new gas pipeline facilities that will be connected to the gas pipeline system hold the applicable qualifications at the time of performing the work.
All questions are procedure based and the procedures/reference documents can be found in CORE. Click on the link PG&E Business Partners CORE to get started with CORE
Please refer to Guide to Qualification document under additional resources to get more information about required operator qualification.
Applicant Install Contractor: Anyone who does work near or on PG&E gas lines who does not have a Master Service Agreement (MSA) with PG&E.
Abnormal Operating Conditions (AOC): A condition identified by PG&E that may indicate a malfunction of a component or deviation from normal operations that may:
CORE: CORE is an application that enables secure, remote access to the PG&E Technical Information Library (TIL).
Covered Tasks: Defined by 49 CFR §192.801 Scope and G.O. 112-F §105 Definitions as an activity identified by the operator that meets ALL of the following requirements:
Industrial Training Services (ITS): A third-party vendor who manages gas qualification records for PG&E.
Span-of-Control (SOC): The maximum number of non-qualified individuals that a qualified individual can direct and observe performing a covered task.