CPAC Level 4:
API 1184 Pipeline Facility Construction Inspector –
Based on National Requirements for Inspection of Oil and Gas Pipeline Facilities in Canada

This content is suitable for CPAC Pipeline Facility Construction Inspector Certification examinations being conducted from July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2027

To qualify for the issuance of this certification applicants are required to provide evidence of a valid API 1169 credential.

In addition to the above prerequisites, applicants for this credential 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 apply relevant reference documents and recognized management techniques. The examination verifies knowledge of industry recommended practises contained in the API 1184 as well as mandatory requirements contained in Canadian Onshore Pipeline Regulation and the CSA Z662:23. After registration processing, applicants will receive a documentation request identifying the minimum content and information required to be submitted in the form of a resume. A tentative examination date will be confirmed in accordance with the applicant’s registration request.

An API 1184 Pipeline Facility Construction 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 qualification examination will include questions to ascertain knowledge and comprehension of the following:

1. Pipeline Safety and Loss Management System (10% exam content)

  • Quality Control Elements
  • Competency Requirements
  • Communication Systems
  • Document Control and Records Management
  • Management of Change

2. Pipeline Construction Safety (10% exam content)

  • Basic Pipeline and ROW Construction Safety
  • Hazardous Materials and Atmospheres

3. Pipeline Construction Inspection (10% exam content)

  • Operational Controls for Construction
  • Stringing
  • Pipe Bending
  • Welding Basics
  • Tie-in’s
  • Pressure Testing
  • Clean-Up and Restoration

4. Environmental Protection Requirements (10% exam content)

  • Environmental Hazard Identification
  • Federal Requirements
  • Provincial (State) and Municipal Requirements

5. Pipeline Facility Requirements (60% exam content)

  • CSA Z662 mandates for construction, joining and testing in pipeline facilities
  • CSA B51 pressure vessel and pressure piping content and use
  • ASME B31.3 process piping application
  • Canadian Electrical Code scope and competencies
  • Code breaks and transition management
  • Visual inspection requirement
  • Documentation and disposition of non-conformances

Knowledge Expectations

Examination Requirements

  • Z662 Table of Contents
  • Scope and Application of General Inspection Practices
  • Z662 Terminology
  • Z662 Section 6 Construction
  • Z662 Section 8 Testing
  • B51 General Requirements
  • B51 Design registration requirements
  • ASME B31.3 Type K requirements
  • Canadian Regulatory Requirements including Environmental Mandates
  • Z662 Document Control and Evidentiary Requirements
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of a Pipeline Facility Inspector

The construction practices used to build, alter or repair oil and gas pipeline facilities are varied and complex. Certified API 1184 Pipeline Facility Construction Inspectors must possess a clear and demonstrable understanding of all aspects of pipeline construction as well as highly specialized knowledge and experience specific to facility requirements. The scope of this understanding must include all elements applicable to the pipeline facility as well as demarcations between codes and authorities.

A list of reference documents identifying inspector knowledge and responsibilities is provided below.

Technical Reference Publications

  • ISO 9000 – Quality Management Systems
  • CAN/CSA – ISO 9001:16 Quality Management Systems – Requirements
  • CAN/CSA Z662:23, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems
  • CAN/CSA B51-19, Boiler Pressure Vessel and Pressure Piping Code
  • CAN/CSA C22.1:21 Canadian Electrical Code
  • National Energy Board – Onshore Pipeline Regulation
  • Provincial Pipeline and Pressure Regulations
  • CEPA Foundation, A Practical Guide for Pipeline Facility Inspectors
  • ASME B31.3 – 2018 Process Piping
  • ASME BPVC section IX
  • Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHS)
  • Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

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. A calculator will be provided for use during the examination if required.

The Pipeline Facility Construction Inspector examination consist of 65 – 75 weighted multiple-choice questions totaling 100 points. Applicants are permitted 3.0 hours to complete the examination.

Prerequisites and Equivalencies:

This Level 4 credential requires applicants to hold a valid API 1169* Certificate of Qualification and demonstrate 2 years of Pipeline industry Inspection experience.

While Australian, US, and European issued API 1169 certificates may not be sufficient to meet Canadian regulations for competent general inspection positions, they are deemed an acceptable prerequisite to challenge Canadian Level 4 designations.