The Council –
The Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council (CPAC) was originally established as an ad-hoc industry initiative to foster effective implementation of the competency management requirements mandated by the CSA Z662 and API 1173 industry standards. With high demand for third party style accreditation of organizations and certification of personnel, CPAC established support programs in 2016. CPAC operates 4 distinct 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 APICC (a US based sister organization) are jointly developing and administering a North American Pipeliner Registry. This National Registry has been established 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 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.