Certified storage tank installers

As set out in the Regulations the system must be installed or removed by a person approved to do the work in the province or territory where the system is installed. If no approval process exists in your province or territory, the installation must be supervised by a professional engineer.

This table highlights where to find certified installers in Canada by province, if a licensed installer contractor for installation and/or removal is required as well as the necessary course and accreditation processes to obtain license.

Require licensed installer contractors
Province/Territory Installation Removal License/Certification

British Columbia

Yes Yes Certified as a "Petroleum Equipment Installer" by the Industry Training Authority of British Columbia (ITA)


Yes Yes

Trained through the Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association

PMH--Petroleum Mechanic Helper

PM1--Service & Maintenance (Includes Precision Testers)

PM2--Underground Installations & Removals

PM3--Aboveground Installations


Yes Yes Member of Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association/ Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (C.P.C.A)


Yes Yes

Certified as licensed petroleum technician as per part 10 of the Storage and Handling of Petroleum Products and Allied Products Regulation

Petroleum Technicians - Construct / Alter AST API-653 only

Petroleum Technicians - Construct / Alter - Aboveground Storage Tanks

Petroleum Technicians - Construct / Alter - Underground Storage Tanks

Petroleum Technicians - Electronic Leak Detection

Petroleum Technicians - Precision Leak Testing

Petroleum Technicians - Removal

CP Testing of S603.1 Tanks


Yes Yes

Certified as a “Petroleum Mechanic” regulated by Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

PM.1 : service and maintenance

PM.2 : underground installation, remove, alter and repair

PM.3 : aboveground installation, remove, alter and repair

PM.4 : small aboveground tank (5000L or less) install, remove, alter, repair

PMH : petroleum mechanic contractor helper


Yes Yes The Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) issues licences with subclasses 1.8, 15.1, 15.1.1, 15.3, 15.3.1, 15.4 and 15.4.1 that qualifies the company (contractor) to install and dismantle petroleum equipment depending on the type of installation and subclass 2.7 that qualifies the company (contractor) to  remove petroleum equipment. To obtain these licenses, the guarantors of the company must show the RBQ that they possess the required professional knowledge.

New Brunswick

Yes Yes The New Brunswick "Construction Standards for Installation and Removal of Petroleum Storage Systems" are to be followed for the installation of all petroleum storage tanks and be licenced as per Petroleum Product Storage and Handling Regulation (87-97)

Nova Scotia

Yes Yes

Certified as per Petroleum Management Regulations Petroleum Storage Tank System Installer Certificate

Class 1 - install or alter petroleum storage tank systems. A Class One Certificate meets the requirements for a Class Two and a Class Three Certificate.

Class 2 - heating and emergency generator fuel installations and petroleum storage system removals. A Class Two certificate meets the requirements of a Class Three Certificate.

Class 3 - removal of petroleum storage systems.

Prince Edward Island

Yes Yes

Department of Communities, Land and Environment issues two level of licence for Petroleum Storage Tank Contractor as per Petroleum Storage Tanks Regulations

Level I- removal a petroleum storage tank

Level II- installation or alteration of petroleum storage tank. License holder can also remove a storage tank or storage tank system.


No, except home heating oil inspectors No  


No No  


No No  


No No  

Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association

The Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA) represents the interests of Canadian petroleum contractors nationally. Their membership consists of contractors that are involved with the installation, maintenance, testing and or removal of storage tank and delivery systems typically used in the petroleum industry. On their web site you can find links to related provincial associations and search lists of certified petroleum mechanics.

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