Hide noticeIf you are in North America, South America, or the Caribbean Click here

SF6 Training and Certification

Since the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Regulations were revised in 2014, if you carry out any activities that directly involve the recovery or handling of SF6 from high voltage (HV) switchgear, then you need to have passed a theoretical and practical examination in SF6 handling and hold a certificate of competence issued by an accredited certification body.

EA Technology is DEFRA accredited to offer this training and assessment which includes theory and practical assessments to confirm your knowledge, understanding and compliance with regulations and procedures. These assessments are carried out line with the EU Regulations, leading to certification of competence for successful candidates.

Day one

Introduction and Environmental Issues

  • Properties of SF6
  • Applications
  • Environmental Issues
  • Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases
  • Regulations
  • Training and Certification Requirements

SF6 Chemistry and Testing

  • Chemistry of in-service SF6
  • Degradation processes
  • Laboratory and site testing
  • Measuring instruments
  • Case Study


  • Entering substations with SF6 equipment
  • Handling of new and used SF6
  • Recovering SF6
  • Filling and topping-up switchgear
  • PPE Requirements
  • Neutralising SF6Decomposition
  • Products
  • Dealing with emergency release of SF6

Gas Handling Equipment and Leak Detection

  • Re-use concept for SF6
  • Components of gas handling equipment
  • Quantifying gas used
  • Leakage detection

Storage and Transportation

  • Legal requirements
  • Suitable storage conditions
  • Transportation of SF6

Day two

Practical Demonstrations

  • Gas sampling
  • Checking SF6 gas quality
  • Operation of SF6 recovery equipment
  • Recovery of SF6 from switchgear
  • Filling and topping-up procedures

SF6 Filled Switchgear

  • History
  • Types of designs
  • Gas density/pressure monitoring

Disposal and Recycling

  • Procedures for end of life disposal
  • Re-use categories
  • Options for final disposal

Theory Assessment

Pre-assessment Briefing/Practice Session

Practical Assessment – Part 1

  • Gas sampling
  • Checking SF6 gas quality
  • Working on open SF6 compartment

Practical Assessment – Part 2

  • Operation of SF6 recovery equipment
  • Recovery of SF6 from switchgear
  • Filling and topping-up procedures

Programme may be subject to amendment

  • Develop essential knowledge for safe working practices when handling SF6 gas
  • Understand the environmental effects caused by the use of fluorinated gases and develop the knowledge of working practices in relation to SF6 gas that are required to manage its impacts upon the environment.
  • Supervise colleagues, staff or contractors who may come into contact with SF6 gas in accordance with EU regulations
  • Ensure compliance with the latest EU regulations
  • Enhance your career with certification that is required and recognised across the EU
  • Update your skills in handling SF6 gas in HV switchgear
View full course schedule


Course duration: 2 days


CPD Information


EA Technology are accredited members of the CPD certification service. This course counts towards your planned CPD requirements.

Subscribe for updates

* Please enter an email address