QC Inspector – Certified QC Inspector by the Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council Canadian Requirements
Based on CSA Z662-15 and API 1169 criteria for Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems

This content is suitable for CPAC Pipeline Inspector Certification examinations conducted January 1 to December 31, 2018

To achieve this Certification applicants are required to pass a supervised examination. The intent of the examination is to verify the applicants knowledge and understanding of, and/or ability to use:

  • Z662 Table of Contents
  • Scope and Application of General Inspection Practices
  • Z662 and API Terminology
  • Z662 Inspection Requirements
  • API 1169 Inspection Requirements
  • Z662 Reference Documents
  • Canadian Regulatory Requirements including Environmental Mandates
  • Z662 Document Control and Evidentiary Requirements
  • Stages of Construction
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of Pipeline Inspectors

The construction practices used to build, alter or repair oil and gas pipelines are varied and complex. Certified QC Inspectors must possess a clear understanding of Quality Management processes and an entry level understanding of pipeline construction inspection requirements. 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 examinations consist of between 50 to 75 weighted multiple-choice questions totalling 100 points. Applicants are permitted 2.5 hours to complete the examination.

Note: The examination is based on the required knowledge for application in Canadian jurisdictions and has been developed and reviewed by subject matter experts for use in the Canadian pipeline industry.

Reference Publications

  • CAN/CSA – ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems
  • CSA Z662-15, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems
  • API 1169, Basic Inspection Requirements – New Pipeline Construction
  • CEPA Foundation, A Practical Guide for Pipeline Construction Inspectors
  • CGA (Common Ground Alliance) Best Practices
  • National Energy Board – Onshore Pipeline Regulation
    Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (COHS)
    Transport Canada, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations:
    Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
    Fisheries and Oceans, Land development guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitat
    Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Pipeline and associated Watercourse Crossings, 2012
    Migratory Bird Convention Act, 1994:
    Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C.,1985
    Species at Risk Act, S.C. 2002

QC inspectors should have of general knowledge of the following to allow the effective application of their skills in executing the roles and responsibilities of the position.
The examination will include questions to ascertain knowledge of the following:
The following categories describe the minimum knowledge and skills and an approximation of the exam content:

1. Safety Management System (40% exam content)

  • Quality Control Elements
  • Personnel Competencies
  • Records Management
  • Document Control
  • Non-Conformance Handling
  • Root Cause and Lessons Learned
  • Calibration of Test Equipment
  • Material Storage and Handling
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Program Auditing

2. Pipeline Construction Safety (30% exam content)

  • Basic Safety
  • Confined Space
  • Elevated Work Surface
  • Excavation
  • Pressure Testing
  • Welding
  • Coating
  • NDT
  • Hazardous Atmospheres

3. Pipeline Construction Inspection (25% exam content)

  • Clearing and Grading
  • Ditching
  • Trenchless Construction (Bores and HDD)
  • Stringing
  • Pipe Bending
  • Welding Basics
  • Lowering In
  • Backfill
  • Tie-in’s
  • Pressure Testing
  • Clean-Up and Restoration

4. Environmental Protection Requirements (5% exam content)

  • Environmental Hazard Identification
  • Federal Requirements
  • Sensitive Areas
  • Wildlife

The following training courses have been recognized as suitable pre-study for this examination. This list is not exhaustive and does not constitute an endorsement of the training organizations or individual trainers. The list is provided in alphabetical order of published course name.

Course Name Length Provider Link
Z662 Pipeline Inspection Concepts and Requirements 1 day NASA www.theothernasa.com
Pipe-115 API 1169 Preparation Course Self paced SAIT www.sait.ca