Courses, Links and Codes Updates

Additional Chief Inspector course dates and a resource link

Demand for the Chief Inspectors training course was more than we originally expected and as the class size is limited, we have added two new dates for Edmonton (Feb 4 & 5) and Calgary (March 11 & 12). More dates and locations will be added in the spring. We have also added a link to OnBoard-Now (Onboard Consulting Services). This site has both public and subscription components, and is a great resource for pipeline construction inspectors in North America. Dave Smith operates the site and also moderates Facebook groups specific to the pipeline inspection community. A great site for inspectors to have in their favorites.

Year of the updates

2019 will see both the CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems and the CSA B51 Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code Updated. With the B51 scheduled for later this month and the Z662 scheduled for late June NASA Corp. is taking two different approaches for update training. For the B51 changes we will not be offering a standalone course, but rather a special registration for the second day of our Oil and Gas Facility and Piping Practices training. This training is structured in such a way that all the material pertaining to the CSA B51 is covered on the second day. The special registration will include the update qualification exam and will be available as soon as the new Code is published. For the CSA Z662 a 1 day standalone course will be offered. This training will be suitable for all aspects of the code and include the update exam which will qualify for the renewal of any Z662-15 based certificate. More information will be available closer to publication.

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  • Improvements to Pipeline Industry Training

Continuous Training Improvement

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When I first began teaching in 2007, we had a 5 day course. It covered a little bit of everything for everyone, and not enough of anything for anyone. Over the years we broke the course into smaller and smaller segments, a 3-day and a 2-day, followed by a 2-day and four 1-days, and in 2015, 7 individual 1-day courses.

The primary objective was to reduce the amount of class time spent by participants on topics outside there sphere of interest or responsibility, and to enable a stronger focus on specific areas of interest. In our training series last incarnation, almost all of our courses were structured as 1 day training sessions.

In discussions with industry sponsors, regulators and training participants – as well as consideration of the training required for the various CPAC code qualification exams, we have determined that the 1 day format is not providing the most effective training value at the entry and junior levels. The Z662 requires training to be evaluated for effectiveness and continually improved, and after the application of several metrics we have revised our format to provide our fundamentals content (level 1 code qualification) and task concepts training (level 2 code qualification) in a single 2-day format.

The revisions to the course allow participants with craft experience (design, construction, welding, operations or quality control) to write their level 2 CPAC code examinations at the conclusion of the training. Level 1 certificates will also be granted to successful writers. Administrative course participants (H.R, procurement etc.) will still write the Level 1 examination.

The net result of these changes is that the cost of training and examination to achieve a Level 2 credential will be reduced by approximately $250 per participant, and the amount of technical content will increase over the 2 day period. This additional technical training time is gained from writing only 1 examination instead of 2, and the removal the fundamental reviews previously contained in the standalone level 2 concept courses.

There is an added bonus to the curriculum changes. With more time spent on each of the fields of interest, all participants will have a better understanding of the relationship between the design, construction and operating concepts of Z662. To see the new course description please take a look at the North American Pipeline Fundamentals brochure.

For our full course listing please visit www.TheOtherNASA.com

For a list of code qualification, and certification challenge exams and dates visit www.CPACouncil.com

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