CPAC Level 3 :
Pipeline Management System External Auditor

To achieve this Certificate of Qualification, applicants are required to pass a written examination. The examination is intended to verify the applicant’s knowledge, understanding and ability to apply appropriate codes, standards, and regulations in the auditing of oil and gas pipeline system suppliers and contractors. In addition to the knowledge requirements identified for the Level 2 Pipeline Quality Control Auditing and Inspection Concepts qualification applicants will be tested on:

Applicants will be provided copies of the applicable regulations, codes and standards for use during the examination. Use of electronic devices or personal materials for reference purposes is not permitted.

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 exam version of their choice followed by a separate code endorsement exam (Level 1 or Level 2) 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 individual country’s regulatory system.

Prerequisites and Equivalencies:

There is no prerequisite required to write the examination.

Issuance of the Certificate of Qualification for this CPAC Level 3 credential requires a review of education and audit experience. Applicants will be requested to submit a resume detailing formal education and experience. A minimum 1 year of pipeline internal auditing experience will be verified. Suitability of training and experience remains the sole decision of the Company based on the roles being assigned, however issuance of this credential mandates a basis verification. Applicants found to have no construction training or experience will be provided examination results with details of the training or experience that must be achieved to attain issuance of the Certificate of Qualification. A Level 2 certificate may be issued with suitable results.

Applicants are further advised to have had training on the application and interpretation of codes and standards prior to writing the examination. Training from in-house programs, industry publications, code information sessions, online training courses, and lecture series may also be suitable.

Applicants who hold a CPAC Level 2 Pipeline Quality Control Auditing and Inspection Concepts certificate and an external auditing credential issued by a recognized organization may be accepted in lieu of this examination. Once registered, applicants can request an examination waiver in writing with the submission of their resume.