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CEPA Launches Pipeline Competency System in Canada

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A world-leading competency system for pipeline engineers designed in Australia has been made available to members of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) under an agreement between the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association (APGA) and CEPA.

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APGA’s Pipeline Engineering Competency System (PECS) is a comprehensive means of assessing and documenting competency across the full range of activities involved in pipeline engineering.

“We are very pleased that this comprehensive system helps those involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of high-pressure pipelines. The system identifies the people who are competent to make each engineering decision on a pipeline,” APGA CEO Steve Davies said. “It is especially pleasing that the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association has decided to adopt the system and adapt it for use in Canada. We have already benefitted from the collaboration that took place during the adaptation and we intend for this to be ongoing. These ties will assist both countries to refine the system in future years so that we can safely operate our pipelines into the future.”

Under the agreement, CEPA has converted PECS to conform with Canadian standards and regulations.

“CEPA is fortunate to have the opportunity to provide the APGA’s proven system to our members here in Canada,” said Chris Bloomer, president and CEO of CEPA. “As the industry strives for continuous improvement, it will be an effective tool for managing competencies across the industry. We look forward to continuing to work with APGA.”

The program has been customized by CEPA and is available to CEPA members immediately. For more information, contact Ashley McLean at amclean@cepa.com.

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