The construction practices used to build, alter or repair oil and gas pipelines are varied and complex. Certified pipeline QC auditors and inspectors 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 including regulatory and technical content. A list of reference documents and inspection responsibilities is provided below.
Applicants will be provided copies of the applicable Code sections for use during in person examinations. No external documentation or electronic devices are permitted to be used during the exam. Applicants writing computer-based examinations are permitted to use their own copies of the above noted reference material.
The examinations consist of 20 multiple-choice questions totaling 100 points. Applicants are permitted 1.0 hours to complete the examination.
Note: Separate examinations are administered for Canadian and US Jurisdictions. Candidates wishing to achieve qualification for both countries must complete both version in order to receive a Red Seal designation. While many requirements are similar in the US and Canada, both countries have several unique technical elements requiring a dedicated understanding of content and function of the regulatory system.
Prerequisites and Equivalencies:
There are no prerequisites required for this CPAC Level 2 qualification. Applicants are strongly advised to have a CPAC Level 1 Basic Concepts and Content qualification prior to writing this exam. Training from industry publications and information sessions, online training courses, and lecture series may also be suitable pre-study. Exam questions may include some Z662 concept questions.
A US issued API 1169 pipeline inspector certificate is deemed equivalent to this Level 2 qualification. It is recommended that holders of foreign qualifications complete training and certification on Canadian regulatory requirements to demonstrate their understanding of national requirements.