The objective of the certification program for In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspectors
is to provide competency verification for persons engaged in the certification of
in-service pressure equipment to acceptable Alberta standards.
This certification was introduced in 2002 by Directive IB02-002 - Certification of
In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspectors.
The pressure equipment industry in Alberta identified a need to improve the system
used to certify in-service inspectors. This program was developed to satisfy that
need. Certification of in-service inspectors will help to enhance the high level of
pressure equipment safety in Alberta.
A certificate of competency may be issued to a candidates who satisfies the certification
Two distinct types of Inspectors certificates are issued by ABSA:
In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector Certificate of Competency: this certificate is
required to certify in-service pressure vessels.
In-Service Boiler & Pressure Vessel Inspector Certificate of Competency: this
certificate is required to certify in-service boilers and pressure vessels.
The holder of an appropriate certificate is only qualified to carry out certification
if the work is performed within the scope of an Owner-User Program.
The certification process includes an evaluation of the candidates education, experience
and third party certification. Prerequisites include certification by the Safety Codes
Council, the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors or the American
Petroleum Institute. Most candidates will also be required to pass an Inspector Certification
The Inspector Certification Examination will verify the candidate's knowledge
of Alberta pressure-equipment-related legislation and general knowledge about
the codes and standards referenced in the legislation. The syllabus for the examination
is available in AB-526.