Operator Qualification

Use MEA OQ materials to qualify your workforce


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.

Become Qualified


Generally, 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. Requirements for SUBSEQUENT, or requalification can vary; all three (TNG, KNT, PEF) may or may not be required by an operator.

Be Evaluated


Per regulation, 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).

Be an Evaluator


Consideration for MEA Qualified Evaluator status requires the following credentials:

  • Minimum three years of field experience—or formal training—specific to tasks wishing to evaluate on.
  • Minimum of three industry references.
  • Satisfactory completion of a formal evaluator training course.

Providing the best value and service


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.