New requirements for tank testers, tank inspectors and training organizations

Purpose

This bulletin covers important information about changes to the CSA B620:20 standard, covering certification requirements for highway and portable tank testers and tank inspectors. It also covers the new training organization registration related to tank testers and tank inspectors.

Disclaimer

This page does not change the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations.

Scope

This bulletin is for highway and portable tank testers and tank inspectors and CSA B620:20 certified training organizations.

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What you need to know

The new CSA B620:20 standard includes new qualifications for highway and portable tank testers and tank inspectors.

If you’re a new tank tester or tank inspector, you must be trained on the different types of tests and inspections needed for highway and portable tanks. This training must be done by a certified training organization.

Once you’re done your training, you’ll have to complete a certain number of tests and inspections with a qualified tank tester or tank inspector before you’re recognized as a qualified tank tester or tank inspector.

Information for tank testers and tank inspectors

Current tank testers and tank inspectors

The CSA B620:20 standard recognizes tank testers and tank inspectors who are qualified under the existing CSA B620-14 regime.

If you’re qualified under CSA B620-14, you’re still qualified as a tank tester or tank inspector under CSA B620:20. However, you will still need to successfully complete the CSA B620:20 training no later than three years after the mandatory compliance date as required by the TDG Regulations.

This three-year period gives industry time to adjust. This is so qualified tank testers and tank inspectors can mentor new tank testers and tank inspectors, while still testing and inspecting tanks following the latest 2020 edition of CSA B620.

New tank testers and tank inspectors

To become a tank tester, you’ll need to have:

  • a training certificate
  • familiarity with the tank specification, test procedures, and pass or fail criteria
  • performed at least 6 tests (any test type from any tank category) while being supervised by a qualified tank tester
  • performed at least 3 more tests (specific test type for a given tank category) while being supervised by a qualified tank tester

To become a tank inspector, you’ll need to have:

  • a training certificate
  • the knowledge and ability to determine if a tank meets its specification requirements
  • performed at least 30 inspections (any inspection type from any tank category) while being supervised by a qualified tank inspector (An Engineer requires 6 inspections)
  • performed at least 3 more inspections (specific inspection type for a given tank category) while being supervised by a qualified tank inspector

Maintaining your qualifications

To maintain your qualifications, you must keep a log of the tests and inspections that you’ve done. You must do a certain number of tests and inspections within an 18 month period.

If you haven’t done the minimum number of tests or inspections, you’ll need to perform more tests or inspections under the direct supervision or a qualified person in order to requalify for that work.

Information for training organizations

New requirements

A training organization is a company that has been registered by Transport Canada. They can train tank testers and tank inspectors according to the requirements set out in the CSA B620 standard.

If you successfully complete a training program, you’ll get a training certificate that lists the tank functions and tank types that you’re trained for. All new tank testers and tank inspectors will need these certificates. The certificates will expire every 3 years or when a new edition of the CSA B620 is published, whichever comes first.

Figure 1: Table 8.1, Tank categories for tests and inspections qualification
Source: CSA B620:20 (Ballot Draft)

Table 8.1
Tank categories for tests and inspections qualification
(See Clauses 8.1.6.1, 8.1.6.3, 8.1.6.5, 8.1.71 and 8.1.7.2)
Column 1
Tank Category*
Column 2
Highway Tanks
Column 3
Portable Tanks
Category A

TC 406, TC 306, DOT 406,
MC 306

TC 44
Category B

TC 407, TC 412, TC 350, DOT 407, DOT 412, MC 307,
MC 312, TC 423

TC 60, DOT 60, CTC 60
Category C†

TC 331, MC 331, MC 330

TC 51, DOT 51, CTC 51
Category D

TC 338, TC 341, MC 338,
CGA 341

TC 11
Category E All FRP  

*Qualification of lining inspections, upper coupler area inspections, and thickness testing, apply to all categories.
†Nurse tanks are included in portable tanks of this tank category.

Who can become a training organization

You can apply with to become a training organization if you’re a:

  • CSA B620 facility
  • CSA B620 consultant
  • industry association, or
  • individual

Existing CSA B620 facilities can register with Transport Canada to provide the training to their employees. Some facilities may choose to use outside training organizations.

Training can be delivered in many ways, including:

  • in-class
  • virtual classroom
  • e-learning
  • hands-on at a facility

This flexibility makes sure that industry has lots of options to meet their training needs.

Register as a training organization

To register as a training organization, send a completed application to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Directorate, by email: MOCregister-Registrecontenant@tc.gc.ca.

Download the application form

Application for Registration as a Training Organization pursuant to clause 8.1.4 of CSA-B620
(PDF, 1.4 MB)

You can also email to ask for an application form: MOCregister-Registrecontenant@tc.gc.ca

Please include your contact information and details like learning material, sample training certificates and testing material. If you application is approved, we will register you as a training organization.

Questions

If you have any questions, please contact our Regulatory Frameworks and International Engagement Branch:

Email: MOCRegister-RegistreContenant@tc.gc.ca
Phone: 1-855-298-1520 (toll free)