CSA Z662:23 Chief Pipeline Inspector Essentials

Based on the CSA Z662:23 with application guidance for mandatory Federal and Provincial Regulations

Chief Inspector Training – 24 hours Technical Instruction with Level 4 Code Qualification – $2469 plus tax

(Course Cost $2049. The Code qualification examination and registration is $420.)

Course Overview

Calgary, AB – May 27-28, 2024

Training Overview

This training is provided with a combination of online and in person sessions designed to provide the student with a detailed understanding of the CSA Z662 as it applies to the Management of personnel and oversight practices for energy industry transportation pipelines in Canada.

This course is designed, with a combination of fundamental and advanced content, to provide practical understanding for application of the mandatory Safety and Loss Management Systems elements with CSA Z662 Construction and testing concepts. New requirements for the identification and management of other than general inspectors will be covered.

The training content focus is the correct application of CSA Z662 principles and requirements under Federal and Provincial Regulations.

On Demand & Remote Access to Training

This course contains both online training videos and a live lecture.

Students are encouraged to ask questions during the live lecture and will have access to the instructor at the conclusion of online modules.

This course requires access to a suitable electronic device (computer/laptop/tablet) with an internet connection for access to the training dashboard and videos.

Electronic devices are recommended, but not required during attendance at the Live Lecture days.

Students will establish a unique login credential for accessing the Training Dashboard during the registration process.

Who Should Attend

Whether your responsibilities include the design, construction management or system operation of Oil and Gas Pipeline systems, this course provides both foundational and advanced training for the proper application of mandatory codes, regulations, and standards in the design and material selection of energy transportation pipelines.

The training includes details on the new requirements for hydrogen and hydrogen blend pipelines which form the primary changes to the 2023 edition of the CSA Z662 standard.

This training is essential for project managers, design and engineering staff including EIT’s, and Construction Management staff who require a clear understanding of the CSA Z662 design and material selection concepts.

Procurement, QC, Inspection, Operating and Integrity management personnel may also benefit from the content of this course.


  • API 1169 General Inspectors Certificate is strongly recommended as it is a prerequisite to write the Chief Inspector’s exam.
  • NOTE: Participants using foreign credentials (US, European, and Australian) to meet their prerequisite will be required to write a Canadian regulatory.

Course Materials Included

  • Pipeline Practical Guide, CAPP recommendations
  • Access to pre and/or post course videos
  • Sample test questions (based on the CPA Council level 4 chief exam)

Course Overview

This training course is essential for anyone involved in management of the inspection and oversight for the construction of energy transportation projects in the Canadian Energy Pipeline Transportation sector.

Whether your responsibilities include project management, design management, inspection management, or integrity, this training provides a comprehensive knowledge base for the scope, definitions and mandatory application of CSA Z662 Safety and Loss Management Systems to the oversight aspects of pipeline construction and alteration projects.

Detailed instruction on the application of the sections 6 thru 10 is supplemented with instruction for human factor considerations.

The training provides concept identification and explanations with direct reference to Regulatory Mandates in addition to CAPP and API recommendations.

The CER onshore pipeline regulations is reviewed with reference to some Provincial statutes providing a clear understanding of the authority and application of enforceable requirements.

Details on monitoring and recording competency verification, task execution and project performance oversight are provided.

The training includes instruction on effective time and personnel management elements including the use of Gantt type tools and GTD practices.

This course provides the necessary background and prerequisite to enable participants to write the Chief Inspector Certificate of Qualification exam. Regulatory and Code examples used in the training are based on the presentation location.

Learning Objectives

This training course provides participants with an overview of the CSA Z662 Oil and Gas Pipeline System requirements and their proper application with respect to managing the oversight process during the construction lifecycle.

Upon completion participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the hierarchy and authorities between regulations, codes, company policies and contract documents.
  • Understand the use of published reference documents such as the ASME B31.3. Understand the application of defined terms including ‘Designated Geographic Area’.
  • Understand the mandatory legal requirements from jurisdictions including CER, BCER, AER and other Provincial jurisdictional bodies (based on lecture presentation location).
  • Understand the practical application of CSA Z662 management system requirements to pipeline inspection identified in section 6 & 7 of the CSA Z662:23.
  • Understand the process for resolving technical conflicts, contractual disagreements and non-conformances.
  • Understand the framework, intent and application requirements for the Safety and Loss Management System.
  • Understand the need for identification of craft specialties among the inspection team and the concepts of cross training.
  • Understand the principles of inspection time management and resource allocation in the delegation of inspection team tasks.
  • Understand the effective use of general inspectors (API 1169 / Level 3) to support subject matter expert inspectors such as welding or coating Inspectors (Level 4).
  • Have a clear understanding of the document control process and evidentiary requirements for inspector signoff for the various stages of the construction lifecycle.
  • Understand the context and application of additional inspection considerations construction or alteration of hydrogen or hydrogen blend pipelines.
  • Understand the application of directions from engineering assessments for converting existing pipelines to use with hydrogen blends.

Participants will receive a Certificate and/or CEU/PDH credits as applicable.


Doors open at 7:30 am and training is from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on day 1 and 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on day 2 followed by the Canadian qualification exam.

The lecture and course videos will address the following:

  • Review the CSA Z662:23 and Canadian regulatory system
  • Document Scope and Authority
  • CSA Z662 clauses 1 & 2 – essential elements
  • Z662 clause 3 – Safety and Loss Management System concepts and application for managers
  • Regulatory Scorecard and Mandatory minimum legal requirements
  • Management Systems – inspection process requirements
  • Clause 4 – Minimum design criteria awareness including application of hydrogen considerations
  • Clause 6 & 7 – Advanced oversight and delegation
  • Procurement overview with supplementary administrative and technical requirements
  • Clause 8 – Developing test criteria and testing execution plans
  • Clause 13 – Construction requirement using non-metallic materials
  • Human factors including conflict resolution
  • Competence verification and monitoring
  • Turnover package review and endorsement

In order to execute compliant projects in the Canadian Oil and Gas Pipeline transportation sector, companies require personnel to be trained and qualified with functional knowledge of both the regulatory and Z662 requirements.

This course contains minimum regulatory requirements for Oil and Gas Pipelines and is a critical element for anyone who must demonstrate oversight competency required by regulation in the Canadian Oil and Gas industry.

Assessment Method

This course of study is suitable preparation to write the CPA Council Level 4 Chief Pipeline Inspector credential.

Code Qualification Exam

This course includes a code qualification exam registration. Credentials are issued by the CPA Council and provide evidence of code and oversight management concept comprehension at standardized levels recognized in the Canadian Oil and Gas sector.

Following course registration, you will be contacted by a NASA Corp Canada representative to confirm your registration for the code qualification challenge exam at the conclusion of your study.

CPA Council Level 4 SME Exam – minimum pass mark 80%