Foreign Qualifications

The last few months of last year saw a lot of controversy surrounding the acceptance and use of foreign qualifications in Canada. At the forefront was the API 1169.

Some organizations have been accepting and even mandating the US version of the certificate for use in Canada based on rumors and marketing statements suggesting it is equivalent to the Canadian certificate. This was based on a comparison that showed Canadian and US environmental safety requirements for pipeline construction to be equivalent.

The problem of course is that the technical construction requirements are very different, and accordingly, the US certificate does not address the Canadian pipeline construction requirements mandated through regulation. Certificates qualifying inspectors for Canadian pipeline projects must be based on the Canadian deviations, deletions, corrections and additions to the API 1169 for use in Canada.

Canadian deviations are understandably not addressed in the US exam. The easy way to tell if your 1169 certificate is suitable for use in Canada in its entirety, is to ensure it identifies the CSA Z662 as the code of construction tested against. Holders of the US certificates can still demonstrate their Canadian knowledge providing they complete supplemental examinations to a Level 2 construction or welding qualification based on the CSA Z662.

A white paper on this has been commissioned by the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council and is due for publication by the end of this month.

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  • CSA Z662 2019 Code Update Training

CSA Z662-19 Summer Tour

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It’s that time again. On February 20, 2019 the CSA Z662 Technical Committee voted to accept the final resolutions to comments and close out any further changes to the new 2019 edition. The final text is now in the hands of the CSA publishing group.

The new CSA Z662-19 will be published and available late June or early July of this year.
As many jurisdictions adopt the Z662 on publication we work to ensure there is no delay in making information on the changes available.”

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Z662 update will include an initial 10 seminars in 8 cities over the 30 days between August 14 and September 12, 2019. Early bird registration is now open for:

  • Calgary, AB
  • Edmonton, AB
  • Fort St. John, BC
  • Grande Prairie, AB
  • Moncton, NB
  • Regina, SK
  • Sarnia, ON
  • Vancouver, BC

As in 2015, we have been again fortunate enough to be able to arrange to offer the CPAC code qualification exams immediately following the training seminars. This will allow participants to complete both the required training and qualification on the same day.

There are several significant changes to this edition including clarification on Company’s requirements for competency assessment, changes to the trenchless technology (HDD, Boring and micro-tunneling) requirements, as well as construction and operation requirement changes.

While the Z662 already enjoys status of the world’s premier pipeline standard, the new edition will raise the bar for safety, environmental awareness, management and integrity requirements. The update seminar will also address the elephant in the room – What are Canadian regulators going to be focused on.

So that you are not kept in suspense, the top of the list is proper competence management in accordance with the Safety and Loss Management Systems. As it turns out, there is a significant number of companies that are non-compliant with the requirements through lack of criteria or acceptance of qualifications as competence. This has been a bit of a hot topic over the past 2 years and the changes to the Z662 and the update training will provide the necessary tools for companies and individuals to successfully comply with the requirements and the intent.

See you on the tour!

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