The Council –
The Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council (CPAC) was originally established as the Canadian arm of an ad-hoc industry initiative to foster effective implementation of mandatory competency management requirements for North American Pipeliners. Both the Canadian CSA Z662 and American API 1173 industry standards mandate the need to establish competency requirements for personnel working in the oil and gas pipeline sector. These requirements must include the identification of training, qualification and experience required to perform each task. With high demand for standardized criteria to evaluating organizations and personnel, CPAC established support programs in 2016. CPAC operates 4 distinct 2nd party industry support programs which include the Accreditation of Pipeline Training and Testing Organizations; Standardized Code Qualification examinations; Certification programs for Pipeline Inspectors and Fusion Technicians; and a Safety and Loss Management System verification audit program.
CPAC and APCCC (the US chapter) are jointly developing and administering the Accredited Pipeliner Index. This National Registry has been established in accordance with ISO 17024 guidelines to provide industry with an online, publicly available, credential verification tool allowing companies access to necessary information for validating documentation submitted by personnel and contractors.
The Code –
The Canadian Pipeliner Competency Code is developed with stakeholder input:
- to establish minimum verifiable knowledge and skill set requirements for mandatory regulatory, code and standard task competencies.
- to establish competency identification protocols for specific subject matter areas within a Safety and Loss Management System.
The requirements provide recommended subject matter criteria which can also be used by stakeholders for the development of internal training programs and qualification exams. The code is written to provide users with guidance for complying with the requirements of the CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems document and is likely suitable for use by jurisdictions beyond Canada.
International Code and Standard Deviations –
CPAC publishes Canadian deviations for international non-consensus industry documents including RP’s and non-adoption consensus standards. These deviations, compiled by Canadian experts allow users to apply code and standard concepts developed in other countries using Canadian regulatory references and requirements. The purpose of these publications is identical to the publication of Canadian deviations to international consensus documents by organizations like CSA, ULC etc. which are adopted through Canadian regulation.