EnergyU for Operator Qualification (OQ)

EnergyU is the most commonly used and widely trusted OQ training and testing program in the world. MEA's OQ training materials were created with the assistance of approximately 100 leading distribution companies. EnergyU qualifications are accepted by hundreds of operators, and EnergyU records can be uploaded to other recordkeeping systems, such as CERCplus and ISNetworld.

 

Understanding OQ Requirements

To assure safety in the transport of hazardous gases and liquids in the nation's pipelines, pipeline operators are required to have individuals who perform covered tasks trained and qualified. Qualification requirements are outlined in an operator's OQ program. Contracting personnel should contact their operator to obtain a copy of the operator's program requirements and covered task list.

Click HERE to learn more about Operator Qualification History and Milestones.

Becoming Qualified

Generally, in order to gain an INITIAL QUALIFICATION for a specific covered task, an individual must complete the EnergyU online training (TNG) and then pass the knowledge test (KNT) and performance evaluation (PEF) for the task. In order to gain a SUBSEQUENT QUALIFICATION, an individual must pass the knowledge test and performance evaluation for the task.

MEA can provide members with a task matrix that matches MEA tasks to other provider tasks. If you have third party tasks, contact Richard Stump (651-289-9600 x126).

Being Evaluated

Per regulation, “The persons performing evaluations should possess the required knowledge to ascertain an individual’s ability to perform covered tasks, and to substantiate an individual’s ability to recognize and react to abnormal operating conditions that might surface while performing those tasks” (PHMSA Reference).

Becoming an Evaluator

MEA requires that an evaluator possess the following credentials to be considered a “qualified” evaluator:

  • Minimum of three years field experience, or formal training, specific to the tasks he/she will be conducting evaluations on.
  • Minimum of three industry references.
  • Satisfactory completion of a formal evaluator training course.

Register for scheduled Train the Evaluator sessions by visiting MEA's event calendar. To schedule or host a Train the Evaluator session, contact Richard Stump (651-289-9600 x126).

How it Works

EnergyU is where cost savings and quality intersect. Because MEA is a not-for-profit association, we are able to keep our prices low. Volume also helps keep pricing low; and close to 700 companies and 25,000 users benefit from the 24x7 access to EnergyU course materials and performance evaluation forms.

  • Purchase a license for each employee and pay a low annual fee.
  • Become a member of MEA and receive a discount off EnergyU's already low price.

Contact Tom Halek or Marty Vita to sign-up. Generally, we can complete the initial company set up and get the primary administrator started within a few days. Complete set up time is dependent upon the number of users and courses. Select from the following course libraries:

  • 192 Natural Gas
  • 195 Liquid Pipeline
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME/B31Q)
  • Electric Lineworker
  • Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
  • Utility General Education
  • Utility Leadership Academy

Qualification Records Management Options

Should you need a more robust recordkeeping system than what is included with EnergyU, MEA’s new ASME compatable CERCplus software suite can provide you with a complete management tool for tracking records of all current and former employees. This product, developed specifically for and at the request of several large distribution utilities, easily integrates into large IT networks.

From the start, CERCplus was designed for maximum flexibility and security. CERCmobile includes electronic forms for conducting evaluations in the field, and CERCtrainingtracker enables seamless registration of live training events.

MEA also offers OQNR (Operator Qualification National Registry) free to EnergyU subscribers. OQNR is an Internet-based record sharing system that allows companies to share individual employee qualifications with clients. Export EnergyU records to OQNR.

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We are associate members of MEA. We have about 160 individuals currently enrolled in their EnergyU system. I much prefer MEA’s system over others that we use for Operator Qualifications. The EnergyU system is fairly user friendly as far as setting up new people, enrolling in courses, accessing performance evaluation forms, granting successful evaluation certificates, generating reports, etc. The staff is always helpful and I recommend MEA to our clients and competitors because they seem to be the best OQ vendor that I’ve worked with in providing everything needed to be compliant with the OQ Rule. I may sound like a paid salesman, but I can assure you I get no benefits from recommending MEA.
— David Hudacek, operator qualifications advisor, Lake Superior Consulting.

 

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