The construction practices used to build, alter or repair oil and gas pipelines are varied and complex. Certified Chief Inspectors must possess a clear and demonstrable understanding of all aspects of pipeline construction as well as the ability to manage the inspection teams and processes. 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 Chief Inspector examination consist of 80 weighted multiple-choice questions totaling 100 points. Applicants are permitted 3.0 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 additional examinations. 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.
Prerequisites and Equivalencies:
This Level 4 credential requires applicants to hold a valid API 1169 for the applied jurisdiction and demonstrate 2 years of Pipeline Inspection experience.
There are no equivalencies for this qualification.
- US issued API 1169 certificates are not an acceptable prerequisite for Canadian Level 4 designations as they are deemed Level 2 under the Canadian system.
- Canadian issued API 1169 certificates noting the Z662 code of construction are not acceptable prerequisite for US Level 4 designations.
- Red Seal API 1169 certificates are deemed an acceptable prerequisite for either Canadian or US Level 4 designations.