The Council Membership Program

The Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council is a member driven industry organization providing competency support services including industry recognized certification of Code Qualifications. Membership and designation as a PIPELINER is available for any person working in, or providing services to, the Oil and Gas Pipeline Transportation Sector.

Membership Cycle:

Membership in the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council, upon issuance, is valid to the end of the code cycle period.

Code cycle periods run from the publication of a new ‘CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems’ to 365 days after the publication of the next edition, creating a 1-year membership renewal period which enables pipeliners to ensure that all conditions of the new cycle have been met.

The current membership cycle is July 1, 2023 thru June 30, 2028
The previous membership cycle was July 1, 2019 thru June 30, 2024*
The next membership renewal cycle will commence July 1, 2027

*NOTE – Due to Covid 19 and the IPCD integration agreement memberships and credentials issued to both the 2015 and 2019 code cycles are eligible for renewal to June 30, 2024. Effective July 1, 2024 an additional member reinstatement fee will be added to the renewal cost.

Member Benefits:

While CPAC cannot guarantee that a member will obtain any particular employment outcome, certification of the various code qualifications are an integral part of the competence assessment conducted by employers to meet regulatory requirements.

CPAC membership and particularly CPAC’s standardized code qualification credentials, will typically be seen as a benefit by employers. Many employers will mandate specific credentials as a condition of employment for distinct roles and responsibilities within their organizations.

CPAC credentials are based on a published set of code criteria and verifiable industry requirements. All CPAC credentials provide standardized evidence of code qualification for use by employers in their individual competence management system.

All credentials are listed on the accredited pipeliner index for independent verification by employers.

Member Obligations:

It is a condition of membership that all certified pipeliners read, understand, and agree to CPAC’s:

  • General Terms and Conditions of Enrollment
  • Privacy Policy
  • Training & Assessment Policy
  • Complaints and Appeals Policy

Each of the above can be found in the ‘About’ section of the CPAC website under Terms & Conditions.

Completion and submission of a Membership Application or Examination Registration, along with payment of fees will be deemed to be acceptance and agreement of each of the above terms, conditions and policies.

Member Fees:

New Members

The new member fee is $420.00 + applicable taxes.
In addition to general member benefits, the new member fee includes one code qualification examination.

Membership can be applied for prior to choosing a code credential examination to write. Membership is automatic for any pipeliner applying for their first examination.

Dues

In order to maintain membership in the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council, including validity of your certification(s) and credential(s), members are required to meet certain conditions of membership including supporting the council operations with dues.

Dues are established for the code cycle and members are required to renew during the first year of each new code cycle. Member dues include the cost of the annual code update examination and the issuance of all updated certifications and credentials.

Fee Schedule:

Membership and Examinations Fee (+ tax)
New Member Registration: includes registration and dues for the code cycle, and 1 credential examination with 1 additional rewrite $420
Qualification Examination: includes 1 qualification examination only $300
Examination Rewrite: priced per examination rewrite $120
Membership Renewal & Exam: includes 4 year membership dues ($180) and 1 code update credential examination ($120) $300
Lapsed Membership Reinstatement: includes balance of current cycle membership dues and 1 code update credential examination $360
Foreign Credential Assessment: includes foreign credential assessment and exam $200

Payment:

Pipeliners must remit their fees prior to the end of each code cycle to avoid member reinstatement fees.
*Code cycle dates are based on code cycles ending June 30th, 2024, 2028, etc.

FAQ:

Q. I paid for a code exam. Do I also have to pay for a membership?

A. No. If you applied directly to write a code qualification examination it is included your initial membership. If you apply for membership first, it includes your first code qualification exam.

Q. I have 3 CPAC qualifications. Do I have to pay 3 renewals to get them updated to the new code?

A. No. The code update examination is included in your membership renewal. On successfully completing the examination, all previously issued credentials will be updated to the new code edition.