The long-term objective of the industry organizations is to ensure that all personnel have some basic common qualifications that can be used in individual Company’s competence management systems. The diagram identifies a number of tasks sectors within the pipeline lifecycle.
While they all require basic understanding of the code and regulatory requirements, individually they have a myriad of task specifics which must also be identified in the competency descriptives.
Under the 1169 qualification an inspector is required to understand the Company’s competency requirements for the individual project tasks as identified in the policy and design documents, and ensure only competent personnel perform the specified tasks. The inspectors then provide accurate records of the construction for use by the operating group.
As we approach the end of 2018 there are now well over 1000 Canadian inspectors holding valid 1169 certificates of qualification issued by either the American Petroleum Institute or the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council. The next recommendation is that companies include standardized code qualification for QC Inspectors by 2020.
As companies have started mandating the 1169 and QC Inspector qualifications we have seen a significant increase in the use of other code qualifications organically. As organizations become aware of the code qualifications levels that are available it is only logical to use them within the Company systems. The net result is an industry with significantly reduced risk of incidents due to incompetence.
Several reputable training organizations, including our own, are offering a full slate of training this fall to prepare individuals to challenge qualification exams.
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For a list of code qualification, and certification challenge exams and dates visit www.CPACouncil.com