Certified Pipeline Inspector Program

The Pipeline Inspector Certification Program (PICP) provides the necessary code and regulatory comprehension evaluation to qualify inspection personnel for Contractors and Companies involved in the construction, alteration or repair of pipelines in the oil and gas sector.

CPAC Certificates of Qualification provide evidence of the code and regulatory knowledge required as part of a competency assessment mandated by the Safety and Loss Management System requirements of section 3 of the CSA Z662. The Program is operated in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17024 standard for the certification of persons. Technical assessment is conducted in accordance with the North American Pipeliner Competency Assessment Code with inspector competency requirements based on the CAPP Competency Assessment guide 2009-00005. The API 1169 recommended practice is used as the baseline measure for the Level 3 qualification. The program levels are intended to provide entry (level 2), general practitioner (level 3) and subject matter expert (level 4) verification to address the knowledge required throughout a pipeline inspection career.

Inspector qualifications are as follows:

Level 2: Supervised

• Pipeline Quality Control Inspector

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Level 3: General Qualification

• API 1169 General Pipeline Construction Inspector

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Level 4: Subject Matter Expert

• Chief Inspector

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• Welding Inspector

Available for application December 1, 2018

Available December 1, 2018

• HDD Inspector

Available for application June 30, 2019

Available June 30, 2019

• Coating Inspector

Available for application January 1, 2019

Available for January 1, 2019

• CP Inspector

Available for application June 30, 2019

Available June 30, 2019

• Fusion Inspector

Available for application March 31, 2019

Available March 31, 2019

• Regulatory Inspector

Available for application January 1, 2019

Available January 1, 2019

Certification is granted based on an assessment of the applicant’s evidence of minimum pipeline experience combined with their performance on invigilated examination(s).

Note: Verification of minimum pipeline experience does not relieve the Company of its responsibility under the Safety and Loss Management system for identifying and verifying the specific types and amounts of experience required for the job tasks it intends to assign.