API 1169 General Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification

The American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice ‘API 1169’ provides a framework for the evaluation of a General Pipeline Construction Inspector’s knowledge base. While the document includes only US regulatory and code references, the subject areas and skill descriptions can be applied to provide a common approach for inspectors on either side of the border. For Canada, applicants must provide evidence of pipeline industry experience. Applicants are required to pass an invigilated exam to establish knowledge of the API 1169 inspection practices and specific Canadian code and regulatory requirements. Holders of this certificate will typically work as a Company (owner’s) Inspector.

Each new application is valid for a period of 180 days commencing on the date of the first examination completed by the applicant. Upon expiry, if the applicant has been unsuccessful in obtaining the requested certification, a re-submission is required c/w new application and fee.

  1. Examination dates:
    • Examinations are conducted on predetermined dates at locations chosen from the published list. Special arrangements can be made for alternate times and locations, however additional fees may apply.
    • Exams may be rescheduled up to three (3) days in advance without penalty. Rescheduling within three days is considered a missed exam and is subject to an additional fee.
    • If you miss a scheduled exam, a $50.00 fee will be charged to re-schedule.
  2. Applicants are required to comply with all examination rules. Examination rules are provided with confirmation of exam date. CPAC reserves the right to cancel any applicant’s exam results and withhold certification if non-compliances are discovered.
  3. Exam results are emailed approximately 2-4 weeks after completion of the examination.
  4. CPAC does not identify failed exam questions to the applicant. An email identifying an exam failure may identify a general area of concern if failed questions appear to have a trend or focus. (eg. “A weakness in understanding of regulatory requirements is observed.”)
  5. Applicants with acceptable submissions and examination results will be granted certification. Applicants who have successful exam results with incomplete or deficient application evidence will not be granted certification until all outstanding issues are resolved. Exam results will be issued.
  6. An official parchment certificate and wallet card will be mailed approximately 1-2 weeks after the Certification has been granted.
  7. Certifications are valid for the edition of the Code of Construction identified on the certificate. Certified inspectors are required to update their certification to a new Code of Construction within one (1) year of publication. (eg. Certificates for Inspectors certified to the CSA Z662-11 code were valid for 365 days past the publication of the 2015 edition of the Z662)
  8. Re-certification requires Inspectors to complete a one (1) hour code update exam after which certificates and wallet cards will be re-issued identifying the new code edition.
  9. In addition to successful completion of an invigilated examination, applicants are required to provide evidence of meeting the following minimum criteria for certification.

Training and Experience Required for an ‘API 1169’ General Pipeline Construction Inspector Certificate Application

Education or Certification Training or Qualification Experience Years Experience Type Application
Grade 12 or GED none 6 years Pipeline Construction and/or Operation
*1 year experience must be as a QC or junior inspector
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CPAC QC Inspector Certification 4 years*
Any 2 year degree or diploma issued by a recognized University, College or Technical Institute or a Journeyman Certificate in a Recognized Construction Trade none 3 years
CPAC QC Inspector Certification 2 years*