More pipeline Operators are expressing their support and requirement for API Inspector Certifications. Williams has announced their mandate for onshore inspectors to have either the API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification or the API SIEE Source Inspector Electrical Equipment Certification for Instrumentation and Electrical Inspectors beginning this year. This announcement should serve as another urgent reminder that these certification requirements are here to stay, and inspectors need to be planning to obtain them. If you already have your API ICP certification, Congratulations, you are one of the growing numbers who recognize the benefits of these certifications. Having your certification sets you apart from the bulk of those in our field.
**Below is information sent from Williams to our CEO, Lonnie Childress, about the direction they wish to go with their company.
Williams to Require API Onshore Inspector Certification
Williams will require that all of its onshore inspectors be certified by the American Petroleum Institute by the end of 2019. Our goal is that 25 percent of our onshore inspectors be certified by the end of this year (2017), and 65 percent by the end of 2018.
These certifications standardize knowledge and skill sets and will enhance the quality and safety of new construction. This requirement does not apply to Williams’ offshore projects.
All onshore inspectors regardless of training, education or other certification are required to obtain certification through an API program. Instrumentation and Electrical Inspectors must certify through API SIEE, all other Inspectors are required to obtain certification through API 1169.
Williams does not provide training to prepare for the inspector certification exams, however, information on training and exam dates can be found at www.api.org by searching API SIEE or API 1169.
Service providers will submit API certification documentation, and Williams will maintain a list of certified inspectors. No alternative means of certification or equivalent certification is allowed.
Williams is a member of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), which has officially endorsed the API Pipeline Inspector Certification Program.
**If you need more information on the API Certifications you can go to the API website http://www.api.org/products-and-services/individual-certification-programs or the QIS website http://www.qisinspection.com/api1169.php