Contractor Approval Program

The regulation of petroleum tank contractors is a key element of the safety system in Alberta.

In accordance with the National Fire Code – 2019 Alberta Edition, only approved individuals are permitted to install, remove, or repair petroleum storage tanks and equipment. This contributes to public safety by ensuring that only qualified individuals are permitted to perform work on petroleum storage tanks.

The power to approve petroleum tank contractors has been delegated to the Administrator of Certification with the Safety Codes Council. This power was formerly delegated to the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA).

Become an Approved Contractor

To become an approved contractor, an individual must complete the appropriate certification and apply to the Council by sending proof of certification to: certification@safetycodes.ab.ca.

If approved, the individual will be listed on the Council’s website.

Obtain Certification

To work as a petroleum tank contractor in Alberta, you must complete the appropriate level of Petroleum Mechanic certification. The Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) delivers the Petroleum Mechanic program. Please visit the CPCA website to find out more about how to become a certified petroleum mechanic.

Approved Contractors

All individuals with a valid certification as of June 8, 2020 remain approved to work in Alberta. The list of approved contractors is now on the Council's website.

Contractor Classifications

There are currently four classifications of contractors with unique scopes of practice and certification requirements.

Qualifications

To perform service and maintenance on storage tank systems an individual must submit evidence of active Petroleum Mechanic 1 (PM1) certification obtained through the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) or the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA).

Scope of Practice

An approved Service and Maintenance Contractor may, without supervision, service and maintain petroleum equipment and systems, and accessories essential to their operation, including:

  1. install and remove suction pumps and related systems in accordance with manufacturer specifications regulations;
  2. repair and maintain suction pumps and related systems, including troubleshooting, testing, repairing and replacing mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic components; and
  3. repair and maintain submersible pumps, dispensers and related systems, including troubleshooting, testing, repairing and replacing mechanical, hydraulic, electrical and electronic safety devices.

Note: For further information on the scope of PM1, please contact the certifying body, CPCA or TSSA.

Qualifications

To receive Administrator approval to install, remove, and perform service and maintenance on underground tanks, an individual must submit evidence of active Petroleum Mechanic 2 (PM2) certification obtained through the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) or the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA).

Scope of Practice

An approved Underground Installation and Removal Contractor may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, repair, test, service, and maintain any type of underground installation and the equipment and accessories essential to its operation, including:

  1. install underground tanks, including the preparation and restoration of the site, the installation of temporary vents and fill pipes and pressure testing;
  2. remove underground tanks, including the preparation and restoration of the site, draining and disconnecting the tank system and purging tanks;install petroleum transfer systems, including the preparation of lines and equipment, component assembly, spill containment and vapour recovery;
  3. repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks; and
  4. install and remove submersible pumps, dispensers and related systems.

Note: For further information on the scope of PM2 certification, contact the certifying body, CPCA or TSSA.

Qualifications

To receive Administrator approval to install, remove, and perform service and maintenance on aboveground tanks, an individual must submit evidence of active Petroleum Mechanic 3 (PM3) certification obtained through the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) or the Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA).

Scope of Practice

An approved Aboveground Installation and Removal Contractor may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, repair, test, service, and maintain any type of aboveground installation and the equipment and accessories essential to its operation, including:

  1. install aboveground tanks, including preparation and restoration of the site, component assembly, spill containment, electrical hook-up and pressure testing;
  2. remove aboveground tanks, including the preparation and restoration of the site, draining and disconnecting the tank system and purging tanks;
  3. repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks; and
  4. install, remove, repair and maintain bulk handling equipment, including troubleshooting and testing mechanical, hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and safeties.

Note: For further information on the scope of PM3 certification, contact the certifying body, CPCA or TSSA.

Qualifications

To receive Administrator approval to remove aboveground and underground petroleum storage tanks, an individual must submit evidence of petroleum tank removal certification obtained through the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta.

Scope of Practice

An approved Petroleum Tank Removal Contractor may, without supervision, remove any type of aboveground and underground installation only.

Note: This classification of contractor will expire on December 31, 2025. To continue working on underground storage tanks in Alberta after this date, any individual with this certification will need to obtain their Petroleum Mechanic 2 (PM2) certification. For further information on the scope of PM2 certification, contact the certifying body, Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association or the Technical Standards & Safety Authority.