Recognising the need to ensure that engineers involved in asset integrity management are suitably qualified to deliver optimised plant inspection and assessment, TWI recently designed and developed an internationally recognised CSWIP plant inspector certification scheme at three competency levels (Level 1, 2 and 3).
Angus Maclean, who currently works for BP as the Integrity Management Team Leader for the Brazil region operations, was thrilled to be the first ever student to gain the new CSWIP certification. Angus is pictured here with David Mitchell, BP Brazil Vice President of Safety and Operational Risk, being presented with the certificate in the BP Brazil offices in Rio de Janeiro.
Angus said: "TWI is an organisation that has supported my development for 30 years plus and is a unique organization that continues to dedicate itself to excellence. I am very proud to be the first to receive the level 3 plant inspection certification. I have been a great believer of competency through experience, training and most importantly examination throughout my career. I would hope that my journey with TWI will be of help to others who wish to pursue a career in this field.
Competence in plant inspection plays a key part in ensuring that plant integrity is maintained throughout the life of an asset, more importantly competency through examination provides assurance that plant inspectors are suitably qualified and have the essential skills to carry out good quality plant inspection. The level 3 qualification delivers competency through experience, training and examination over a suitable period of time. I believe this qualification gives individuals an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the required experience, skills, knowledge and competence to deliver plant inspection to the high standard required to ensure continued plant safety and integrity"
As well as ensuring inspectors and engineers responsible for assessing plant integrity are trained to have the essential tools and skills necessary to carry out the job safely and accurately, the scheme also recognises, through formal certification, a plant inspectors competence and therefore facilitates career development.
The plant inspection personnel scheme is offered in a modular format, giving prospective students the opportunity to follow a clearly defined, structured career path.
These courses are aimed at:
- plant engineers
- welding/NDT inspectors/practitioners
- materials and corrosion engineers
- plant inspectors
- responsible for managing the safety and integrity of ageing process equipment, pipelines, boilers and storage tanks.
The scheme is designed to suit:
- plant inspectors working for manufacturing works (Vendor)
- inspection organisations
- equipment owners and operators
- classification societies
- insurance companies
- safety regulators
For more information about the plant inspection scheme please contact Keith Malone, Programme Manager or to book a course contact firstname.lastname@example.org