The Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council Do’s, Don’ts and FAQs

Do’s and Don’ts

  • We DO Publish the Canadian Pipeliner Competency Code
  • We DO Publish Canadian deviations including the Canadian API 1169
  • We DON’T Provide curriculum development services
  • We DO Manage the Accredited Pipeliner Index (National Pipeliner Registry)
  • We DO Conduct Safety and Loss Management System effectiveness audits
  • We DON’T Provide technical training (excepting an online code update video program offered for each new code cycle)
  • We DO Administer Standardized Theory Qualification Examinations
  • We DO Accredit and Audit Pipeliner Training and Testing Programs


Q. Do I have to repeat my level 1, 2, and 3 courses when a new code edition is published?

A. No. While retaking training courses to updated standards is acceptable, qualification levels under the CPAC system can be maintained with a Code Update Qualification exam. Various preparatory resources are available when new codes are published, including self-study, online courses and formal update presentations.

Q. I have just changed companies. My level 1 certificate was signed by my old company. Is it transferable or do I have to write the exam again?

A. Yes. Certificates are transferable provided they are acceptable to your new employer.

Q. I’ve been in this industry for 21 years. Do I have to take additional training before writing the level 2 and 3 exams?

A. No. All exams can be challenged. As industry Codes and Standards continually evolve, training is always recommended. However, experienced individuals who are knowledgeable in current editions of industry Codes and Standards may elect to demonstrate their competence by challenging exams.

Q. What is the difference between the red, black and blue certificates?

A. Red Seal certificates are issued to individuals by the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council. The CPAC seal is present as a red watermark on the center of the certificate. Black Seal certificates are issued to organizations by the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council to identify their approved scope under an accreditation program. Blue Seal certificates are issued to individuals by CPAC accredited training/testing organizations. The CPAC seal is present as a blue watermark on the center of the certificate. More information about the certificates can be found in the applicable program areas in Programs.