API 1169 General Pipeline Construction Inspector –
Based on CSA Z662-19 & API 1169 2nd edition criteria; or ASME B31.4-2019, ASME B31.8-2018 & API 1169 2nd edition criteria for Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems

This content is suitable for CPAC Canadian and US Pipeline Inspector Certification examinations conducted July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

To achieve this Certification applicants are required to pass a supervised examination. The intent of the examination is to verify the applicant’s knowledge and understanding of, and/or ability to use relevant reference documents and standardized inspection practices. While API 1169 inspections concepts are universal, specific code and regulatory requirements may vary significantly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. At the application stage the candidate is required to identify their primary jurisdiction as Canadian or US. Certificates of Qualification identify the jurisdiction with code of construction and edition. Candidates are also required to submit information confirming Pipeline experience. A detailed request will be provided after application.

An API 1169 level inspector should have general knowledge of the following to allow the effective application of their skills in executing the roles and responsibilities of the position.
The examination will include questions to ascertain knowledge of the following:

1. Safety and Loss Management System (15% exam content)

  • Quality Control Elements
  • Management Commitment and Policies
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Competency Requirements
  • Communication Systems
  • Document Control and Records Management
  • Management of Change
  • Continual Improvement

2. Pipeline Construction Inspection (55% exam content)

  • Operational Controls for Construction
  • Survey, Clearing and Grading
  • Ditching and Trenchless Construction (bores and HDD)
  • Stringing
  • Pipe Bending
  • Welding Basics
  • Coating Basics and Cathodic Protection
  • Lowering In
  • Backfill
  • Tie-in’s
  • Pressure Testing
  • Clean-Up and Restoration

3. Pipeline Construction Safety (15% exam content)

  • Basic Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Excavations and Elevated Work
  • Welding and Joining
  • NDT
  • Pressure Testing
  • Hazardous Materials and Atmospheres

4. Environmental Protection Requirements (15% exam content)

  • Environmental Hazard Identification
  • Federal Requirements
  • Provincial (State) and Municipal Requirements
  • Water Use
  • Sensitive Areas
  • Wildlife

Reference Documents

The construction practices used to build, alter or repair oil and gas pipelines are varied and complex. Pipeline Inspectors Certified to the API 1169 Recommended Practice must possess a clear and demonstrable understanding of all aspects of pipeline construction. The scope of this understanding must include all elements applicable to pipeline construction from both regulatory and technical realms. A list of reference documents and inspection responsibilities is provided below.

Applicants will be provided copies of the applicable sections of all relevant reference documents for use during the exam. No external documents are permitted to be used for this examination. Electronic devices are not permitted to be used during the exam.

The examinations consist of between 50 to 75 weighted multiple-choice questions totaling 100 points. Applicants are permitted 2.5 hours to complete the examination.

Note: Separate examinations are administered for Canadian and US Jurisdictions. Candidates wishing to achieve qualification for both countries may write the API 1169 exam version of their choice and then write a separate code endorsement exam for the alternate country. While many requirements are similar in the US and Canada, both countries have several unique elements requiring a dedicated understanding of content and function of the regulatory system.

Reference Publications