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New Zealand Certificate in Energy and Chemical Plant (Process Operation - Boiler Attendant)

New Zealand has a national certificate program for Process Operations and Boiler Attendants levels one through four and levels five to six are diplomas, which are not listed here. Level one is the entry level. This is part of New Zealand's effort to take boiler training certificates or whatever industry and incorporate into an educational system nationally.

New Zealand's approach to qualifing power plant operator and stationary boiler plant operators is included in a very broad approach to a life long education that maximizes the operators skills to be used broadly across industries with some addition course work.

Also, New Zealand's Health and Safety in Employment Act of 1992 as best as I can determine is still enforce and is reflective of the what is required and mandatory. NZ-OHS seems more typical of who and can operate a boiler and what types and restrictions. What is also important is New Zealand's position of the Controller, which means person who is the owner, lessee, sublessee, or bailee, who is required to have a program of quality before endevoring down the path of operating a boiler.

For clarifications contact either of these offices:

NZ Extractive Industries Training Organisation
PO Box 2623

Telephone: 03 964 4710


Department of Labour
Occupational Safety and Health Service
PO Box 3705

Telephone: 04 915 4433
Fax: 04 915 4370

The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) was established, under section 253(1)(c) of the Education Act 1989, as a single unified framework on 1 July 2010.

Certificate Levels

Certificate Level 1 (Responsible Person)

A certificate at level 1 qualifies individuals with basic knowledge and skills for work, further learning and/or community involvement.

This certificate is listed at level 1 and must comprise a minimum of 40 credits.

A Level 1 Certificate show competancy to operate pressure plant consisting of firetube boilers (Shell Boilers) up to 14.9HP or 1.2MW with a maximum pressure of 17bar.

Boiler attendants may do some or all of the following:

  1. Record details of problems and performance of boilers in logbooks
  2. Complete boiler safety checks
  3. Maintain the correct water and fuel levels in boilers
  4. Maintain the correct temperature and pressure in boilers
  5. Test boiler water, and add chemicals to adjust the water quality
  6. Clean and maintain boilers and work areas.

Certificate level 2 (Unattended Boiler Operation / Pressure Plant)

A certificate at level 2 qualifies individuals with introductory knowledge and skills for a field(s)/areas of work or study.

This certificate is listed at level 2 and must comprise a minimum of 40 credits.

A Level 2 Certificate show competancy to operate pressure plant up to 1.2MW to 6MW. Specifically, firetube boilers (Shell Boilers) up to 6MW with a maximum pressure of 17bar. Forced once through circulation boilers up to 3MW. Finally, no limit on size or pressure for water-tube steam boilers and hot water boilers with a steam or gas head for pressurisation

A Level 2 has the skills and knowledge required by people who are responsible for the operation of a boiler of limited attended, fully attended, or unattended type. A Level 2 has the safety skills required for boiler operation and knowledge of boiler theory.

Certificate level 3 (Boiler Limited Attended Operation / Pressure Plant)

A certificate at level 3 qualifies individuals with knowledge and skills for a specific role(s) within fields/areas of work and/or preparation for further study.

A Level 3 is qualified to work in sectors of the Energy and Chemical industry
with boiler attendants who have the required skills and knowledge to operate limited attendance or standard boilers within a specific energy and chemical plant context. Energy and chemical plant contexts may be in: petrochemical, agri nutrient, power generation, dairy processing, meat processing, and wood fibre manufacturing, or other plants that operate with a combination of high temperatures, pressures, steam, and/or chemicals in gas, liquid or solid form.

This certificate is listed at level 3 and must comprise a minimum of 40 credits.

A Level 3 Certificate show competancy to operate pressure plant up to 20MW of all types of boilers with a maximum pressure of 17bars.

Certificate level 4 (BoilerAttended Operation / Pressure Plant)

A certificate at level 4 qualifies individuals to work or study in broad or specialised field(s)/areas.

This certificate is listed at level 4 and must comprise a minimum of 40 credits.

A Level 4 Certificate show competancy to operate pressure plant of unlimited size and pressure of all types of boilers.

Energy and chemical plant operators may do some or all of the following:

  1. Monitor equipment that processes chemicals, natural gas, petroleum products, or electricity
  2. Make adjustments to equipment to ensure it's functioning safely and efficiently
  3. Take samples of water and chemicals used in the production processes
  4. Record equipment pressure and temperature readings
  5. Arrange maintenance and repairs of equipment.



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Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineer is an operating engineer that is licensed though competency by examinations for grades third through chief.  In the USA alone there are 100s of thousands of high pressure boilers alone in manufacturing or district heating, institutions, medical centers, public sector and with the vast majority in the private sector.

Chief Engineer of a stationary high-pressure steam plant has a leadership position and needs to command the steam plant operation economically and safety.

A 3rd Class Engineer in a stationary high-pressure steam engineer is a watch engineer.  This is also an entry level into Stationary High-Pressure Steam Engineering licensing too.  To be a candidate for a  3rd class is possible by going through an accredited learning program at a School or College or transition from LP Boiler Operator's license.  A more traditional path to 3rd Class stationary high-pressure engineers license is by experience.


Gas Turbine Operating Engineers are in demand for gas fired peaking power plants.  Gas turbines or combustion turbines as they are also called as well as simple cycle.

These gas turbines can be brought on-line producing 100s of MW in minutes when a wind-farm looses its wind or a cloud shades a photovoltic region.  So, this is especially important with more and more usage of photovoltic and wind power generators that cannot power a manufacturing base of a country or a large population since they are dependent on weather and more importantly solar activities.  Therefore, being a gas turbine 3rd Class, 2nd Class or 1st Class Gas Turbine Engineer is important to off-set the loss of base load fossil fuel power stations to meet the demand of the electric power grids.

Gas turbines come is three difference or basic catagories:  Large frame combustion turbines, large aero-derivative gas turbines, and micro-turbines.  Areo-derivative gas turbines are uses as a rule for peaking power stations.


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