Various industries across the globe are undergoing a digital transformation. Now more than ever it is essential to optimise internal operations and implement the necessary technology changes required to do business in a post-COVID-19 world.
Within the gas industry in South Africa, the South African Qualifications and Certification Committee of Gas (SAQCC Gas) is leading the digital change by introducing digital Certificates of Conformity or CoC.
- SAQCC Gas is made up of four member associations;
- Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Association of South Africa (LPGSASA);
- South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (SARACCA);
- Southern African Gas Association (SAGA)
- And the Southern African Compressed Gasses Association (SACGA).
SAQCC Gas has been mandated by the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) to register and regulate Gas Practitioners. The primary objective is to ensure gas users can confidently use their appliance or equipment and are kept safe and that the Gas installers are skilled and competent. Technology has become a huge part of driving this objective. SAQCC Gas is in the final stages of development and the launch of the digital CoC application (App).
Throughout 2021, gas practitioners will be switching to using an electronic system to issue gas COCs to the end-user.
The dynamics of the COC App
All registered Gas Practitioners will have access to the electronic COC according to their skill and scope of work which they have been registered for.
How to log into the APP
You will be required to enter the following information:
- South Africa ID/Passport
- Password (This is generated when you register an account)
Once logged in, if the Gas Practitioner is registered with one association, they will have access to the COC for that specific Association. However, if the gas practitioner has multiple qualifications and is registered with more than one association, they will have access to all the relevant skills’ category for COCs. The gas practitioner will then click on the relevant association that regulates the installation and gas work completed.
If a Gas Practitioner was assigned several COCs and their registration expires, they will no longer be able to issue those COCs.
Purchasing a COC
Gas Practitioners who are employed with a particular gas contracting company will not have a “Purchase COC” button. This is because each company will administrate the purchase and then allocate the COCs to the gas practitioner’s account.
Creating and Issuing a COC to the end-user
Step 1: The Gas Practitioner will register their details on the SAQCC Gas App
Step 2: The type of equipment installed, modified, repaired or maintained will be specified (description of work completed)
Step 3: There will be the option to upload picture of the work completed
Step 4: Signature Panel- Gas Practitioner signature and Customer signature (with geographic location and date automatically set)
Recipients of the COC
The following parties will each receive a copy of the COC:
- Gas Practitioner
- Contractor company
- The relevant Association
- SAQCC Gas
If for some reason, the gas practitioner loses internet connection while filling out the COC on the App, the COC can still be completed while offline or saved to be finished later.
When a Gas Practitioner acquires additional skills and qualification, they can have their scope of work updated on the system.
For more information on the electronic COC and the functionality, contact SAQCC Gas on 011 285 0038 alternatively; send us an Email on firstname.lastname@example.org