The Council –
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 –
Code Requirements are 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.