Petroleum Mechanic Training

PM Training consists of a combination of theoretical and practical (on the job) training. This page provides the general information for Petroleum Mechanic Certification including license categories. You can then chose the links below for detailed information on the OPCA Home Study program and our training partners.

Individuals have two options for theoretical training – Home Study Training through the OPCA or Training through one of OPCA’s training partners. 

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RELATED DOCUMENTATION

TSSA PM POLICIES
PM PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE SIGN-OFF DOCUMENT

OPCA COURSE POLICIES

The OPCA home study program provides the necessary theoretical training in preparation for the required TSSA Petroleum Mechanic course examinations.

Included in your home study course:

  • Manual
  • On-line quiz
  • On-line DVD (PMH & PM2)
  • Practical Skills Sign-Off Document
  • Review with a skilled instructor
  • Exam sitting (TSSA exam fees apply and are not included in course fee)

HOME STUDY REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Registration forms for Home Study courses must be received at least 30 days prior to the Review/Exam session the participant plans to attend.
  • All courses require approximately 35-40 of study time (based on individual’s study habits)
  • Participants must bring valid photo identification to review/exam sessions, otherwise will not be permitted to write exam.

PARTICIPANTS WHO MISS ONE OR MORE SCHEDULED REVIEW/EXAM SESSIONS WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Participants will not be notified of future review/exam dates.
  • Administration fee of $200.00, payable prior to reinstatement and admittance to future review/exam sessions.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Upon successful completion, participants are provided with a certificate of completion from the OPCA

Students are required to submit the TSSA application for an Ontario Certificate of Qualification prior to the exam. The OPCA will submit the application / exam and fee ($175.00) on behalf of the student prior to the exam. This amount is to be reimbursed to the OPCA on exam day (cheque payable to the OPCA).

PETROLEUM MECHANIC LICENSE CATEGORIES

PMH – PETROLEUM MECHANIC HELPER: PREREQUISITE SAFETY & ENTRY LEVEL ORIENTATION
A person who holds a PMH license may without supervision, maintain pumps, including replacing nozzles, spouts, hoses, breakaways, filters and belts and may access, contain and clean up spills and leaks.

The PMH license is a prerequisite for individuals new to the industry and/or who do not have the required experience. Once the trainee completes the PMH certification course, they may proceed to PM1, PM2, and/or PM3 training depending on the work they will be performing.

For example: An individual who wants to install and remove underground storage tanks is required to obtain their PMH and PM2 license.

The PMH course includes both written and practical exam components (practical evaluation approximately 20 minutes in length). Practical evaluation consists of the participant demonstrating the proper procedures in performing minor maintenance on a fuel pump or dispenser.

PM1 – SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE
A person who holds a PM1 license may, without supervision, service and maintain petroleum equipment and systems, and accessories essential to their operation.

  • Install and remove suction pumps and related systems
  • Repair and maintain suction pumps and related systems.
  • Repair and maintain submersible pumps, dispensers and related systems.

PM2 – UNDERGROUND INSTALLATION
A person who holds a PM2 license may, without supervision, install, remove, alter, test, service and maintain any type of underground installation and the equipment and accessories essential to its operation.

  • Install underground tanks
  • Remove underground tanks
  • Install petroleum transfer systems
  • Repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks
  • Install and remove submersible pumps

PM3 – ABOVEGROUND INSTALLATION
A person who holds a PM3 license 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.

  • Install aboveground tanks
  • Remove aboveground tanks
  • Repair and maintain systems for detecting leaks and monitoring tanks
  • Install, remove, repair and maintain bulk handling equipment

PRACTICAL REQUIREMENT FOR CERTIFICATION

The practical skills sign-off document serves as a permanent record of work performed. It is the responsibility of the participant to arrange to work with a licensed petroleum mechanic. OPCA members are often willing to assist a trainee in completing their practical experience requirement by allowing them to work on their site in lieu of wages. Companies who need to train employees but do not have licensed petroleum mechanics may also hire an OPCA member contractor as a supervisor on their own site on a sub-contract basis. To find a licensed petroleum mechanic, refer to OPCA’s Member Directory located on the OPCA website.

COURSE RETURN POLICY

Course refunds are provided as follows:

Within 30 days of course purchase
All materials returned in new condition. Course fee less $50.00 administration fee, otherwise a $100.00 administration fee will apply.

Within 60 days of course purchase
Course fee less $100.00 administration fee. Return of materials not applicable.