Presentation on theme: "Impact of the PER on SAQCC Competent Persons and a reminder of certification requirements, continuing professional development and ethical responsibilities."— Presentation transcript:
1Impact of the PER on SAQCC Competent Persons and a reminder of certification requirements, continuing professional development and ethical responsibilitiesCT BranchFebruary 2011
2Changes in responsibilities for periodic inspection from VUP to PER
3VUP Responsibility for periodic inspections Responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the User.Constraints applying to User wereHad to use a SAQCC CP certified inspectorObligated to ensure inspector had appropriate knowledge and experience for the specific job of inspection
4PER Responsibility for periodic inspections Regulation 11User may inspect Category 1 Equipment (SANS 347 categorisation) – Are you familiar with SANS 347?Higher categories must be inspected by an AIA In-Service (AIA-IS) – From April 2011Inspection task has to be performed by an authorised personAIA-IS has to ensure the authorised personIs certified by SAQCC CPHas appropriate experience and knowledge for the specific task
5PER Responsibility for periodic inspections Notes of cautionThere is a shift of responsibility (and accountability) to the AIA-IS as a body specialising in periodic inspectionsNot permissible for an AIA-IS to use a ‘non-certified’ inspector to perform work which is ‘signed-off’ by a certified CP
6Requirements for AIA-IS approval Requirements for appointment as an AIA-IS by Dept. ofLabour have recently been clarified and includeSANAS assessment will be required prior to DoL approvalSANAS will use SANS and ISO as the standards applicable for AIA-IS assessments
7First let’s deal with the issue of whether an individual become an AIA-In Service?
9Pressure Equipment Regulations SANS 10227:2007Criteria for the operation of inspection authorities performing inspectionin terms of thePressure Equipment Regulations
10SANS 10227 Requirements for an AIA-In Service Permanent staff will need to include:Technical Manager (degree, T4, Cert. Eng. or B Tech)At least 1 Certified CP (PV/SG certified depending on scope of activities)Can be the same person!
11SANS 10227 Requirements for an AIA-In Service The AIA In-Service management system will need toinclude documented procedures for the following:Step by step activities of an in-service inspection and how each step is carried out.Re-certification and re-rating equipment.Dispensation of internal inspections or hydro tests.Storage and filing of records.Stamping the nameplate, if necessaryStamp control
12SANS 10227 Requirements for an AIA-In Service The AIA In-Service Personnel will need to comply withTable 1 requirements for:Design Verifier (Pr Eng, Pr Tech, Pr Cert Eng + 4 years experience)Technical Manager (Degree, T4, Cert Eng, B Tech + 4 years experience)Inspector (SAQCC CP)
13SANS 10227 Requirements for AIA-IS approval? SUMMARYSANS requirements are not ‘over the top’ andare appropriate to an AIA-IS because:An AIA-IS deals with complex in-service issues including down-rating and re-certifying equipment.The AIA-IS will need to have most of the competenciesassociated with ‘traditional AIAs’ including a designevaluation
15SANS 17020:1998 General criteria for the operation of various types of bodiesperforming inspection
16SANS 17020 Has been incorporated into SANS 10227 since 2007 Until recently SANAS did not audit compliance with ISO as PERwas not enacted
17SANS ContentAdministrative requirements e.g. legally identifiable body(SAN10227 specifically excludes sole proprietor)Independence, impartiality and integrity e.g. commercial influencecannot influence inspection resultsConfidentialityOrganisation and managementQuality systemPersonnel e.g. appropriate qualifications
18SANS 17020 Content (cont.) Facilities and equipment Inspection methods and proceduresHandling inspection samples and itemsRecordsInspection reports and inspection certificates
19SANS Content (cont.)Subcontracting (obligations on the inspection body)AIA shall itself normally perform work it contracts to undertakeAdvise the client of its intention to subcontract and the subcontractor has to be acceptable to the clientDemonstrate subcontractors competence for service performedMaintain a register of all subcontracted workRecord and retain details of investigation of competence and compliance of subcontractorsWhen subcontracting specialised activities must have access to alternative resource able to independently assess results of subcontracted activities and retains responsibility for determination of conformity
20SANS 17020 Content (cont.) Complaints and Appeals Co-operation (inspection body expected to share experiences withother inspection bodies)
21ISO 17020 Requirements for AIA-IS approval? SUMMARYCompliance with ISO would be extremelydemanding for an individual
23Can an individual CP become an AIA-IS? Theoretically yes but in reality it is just about impossibleThe reality is that the vast majority of CPs will need to find employment with an AIA-IS from April this year
24What changes to the SAQCC CP system have the PER prompted?
25Changes to the SAQCC CP Certification scheme? Certification criteria remain the samePhysical capabilitySuccessful completion of approved training courseSupervised practical training
26SAQCC CP Certification Criteria Physical capabilitySatisfactory vision in at least one eyeAbility to access vessels through manholesAny other deficiency which prevents the applicant from performing inspection duties
27SAQCC CP Certification Criteria Successful completion of approved training courseSAIW course and examination is approved by SAQCC CP
28SAQCC CP Certification Criteria Supervised practical trainingMinimum periods are applicableMinimum number of vessels is applicableCredits for educational and trade qualifications reduce training period
29SAQCC CP Certification Criteria Education qualifications or industrial certificationsMinimum training periodPractical experience requirementN2/ Std 8 /Gr 10 or lower5 years (10 vessels)Minimum of 10 boilers and 10 pressure vessels for each category of certificationN3 / Matric / Gr 12N4N53 years (10 vessels)As aboveTechnikon S4N6 / S3G.C.C.IPEBSc or B.Tech1 year (10 vessels)Note (1)Post schooling qualifications such N4, N5, N6, S3, S4, BSc degree should be in mechanical engineering, metallurgy or other relevant engineering or engineering science discipline. Qualifications are subject to review by the certification body.Note (2)Applicants who have successfully completed a trade test or apprenticeship contract as a boilermaker, welder, blacksmith, fitter, millwright and fitter & turner are given a 1 year credit with the proviso the minimum training period is not less than one year.
30Changes to the SAQCC CP Certification scheme? Certification categories remain the samePressure vesselsUnlimited scopeLimited scope – air receivers with and without physical access, accumulators, medical or other small autoclavesBoilers (renamed Steam Generators)
31Changes to the SAQCC CP Certification scheme? Training course requirements have been changedsignificantly to addresslongstanding concerns about the inadequacy of the scope and depth of trainingthe clear allocation of responsibilities of the AIA-IS and the CP in job of work
32Changes to the SAQCC CP Certification scheme? There is one change to supervised practical trainingrequirementWhen a certification candidate is already certified in one of the unlimited categories of equipment the duration of supervised experience required for certification in the other unlimited category is reduced to 1 year irrespective of the educational qualification level
33What are the new SAQCC CP training requirements?
35New CP training scheme requirements Persons intending to apply for limited PV certification will need to attend only weeks 1 and 2 of the PV stream. Those intending to apply for Unlimited will need to attend all 6 weeksPersons intending to apply for Steam Generator certification will need to attend all three weeks of the Steam Generator stream
36When and how were the new courses introduced? New course requirements came into effect from January2011Industry experts worked with SAIW to develop new course materialSAIW lecturers have been trained by industry experts and have undertaken bridging exams covering the new material
37Will changes to the SAQCC CP system impact on existing certified persons?
38What will happen to existing certified persons? All existing certifications will be retainedRenewals and recertification will be treated as they are currently
40But SAQCC CP Certification Rules Validity of certification Certification is valid for 9 yearsButCertification must be renewed after 3 years then again after 6 years else it lapsesAfter 9 years in total certification expires and an application for recertification must be submitted
41SAQCC CP Certification Rules Requirements for 3 year and 6 year renewals arethe sameEvidence of continued satisfactory eye sightEvidence that you have inspected at least ten vessels (CP-PV) or six boilers (CP-B) in three yearsEvidence of at least 24 hours CPD in the three year period of certificationAdditional Requirements for re-certificationAs above plus there is also a requirement to pass anexamination which will assess awareness of changes toregulations and codes
42SAQCC CP Certification Rules Re-newal and recertification applicationsApply using SAQCC CP form for periodic renewal or recertificationApply at least 3 months before certification lapsesAny inspections carried out after the expiry date stated on the certificate are not valid and you are acting fraudulentlyIf you apply late usually no penalty will be applied for up to three months after expiry date on your certificateAfter three months you may be asked to attend a professional interview and penalties will apply
44SAQCC CP Certification Rules CPD requirementsStructured or developmental activities where each hour is recognised as a CPD hour (minimum 25% of the total CPD credits must be this type)Semi-structured activities where two hours are recognised as a CPD hour (maximum 50% of total CPD credits shall be of this type)Unstructured activities where each four hours are recognised as a CPD hour (maximum 25% of total CPD credits shall be of this type
45SAQCC CP Certification Rules Examples of structured CPD activitiesAttendance at approved conferences, seminars, technical meetings presented by professional institutionsPresentations at approved technical eventsPreparation of technical articles for publicationApproved teaching or lecturingIn-house training on a formal recorded and auditable programmeFurther education studies relevant to field of certificationApproved relevant short courses
46SAQCC CP Certification Rules Examples of semi-structured CPD activitiesFurther education studies not necessarily directly related to CP activitiesPrivate study of relevant publications and journals
47SAQCC CP Certification Rules Examples of unstructured CPD activitiesPrivate study involving distance learningAttendance at technical meetings within an employer organisation (excludes progress, planning and production meetings)
49SAQCC CP Certification Rules Code of Ethics is aimed atProtecting the public and users and workers operating pressurised equipmentReinforcing the professional standards expected of Competent PersonsEnhancing the professional standing of Competent Persons
50SAQCC CP Certification Rules Examples of requirements of the Code of EthicsDo not undertake work for which you do not havethe necessary experience and don’t go beyondyour scope of learning and capability e.g. don’t de-rate equipment and return to service – this is the jobof expert engineersDo not sign an equipment inspection and test reportif you have not personally performed the work e.g.don’t allow anyone else to perform work and thensign off a report – protect your signature jealously
51SAQCC CP Certification Rules Examples of requirements of the Code of EthicsWhere warranted make use of specialists e.g. it is yourresponsibility to identify and report corrosion damagebut not to decide on useful remaining service lifeIndicate to your employer adverse consequences ifyour advice is overruled by a non-technical authorityor supervisor e.g. don’t be bullied for commercialconvenience
52Failure to comply with the Code of Ethics can have very serious SAQCC CP Certification RulesFailure to comply with the Codeof Ethics can have very seriousconsequences.Maintain your integrity.
54SUMMARYFrom April the individual CP will disappearMany AIAs have included in-service inspection in their scope of activities informally in the past. Now they are required to demonstrate their capabilities for these activities by assessmentPER enhances the status of AIAs significantly and there is an expectation of professionalism by the regulatory authoritiesAIA-IS will take on the legal responsibility for inspections so they should be extremely careful about their relationship with contracting CPs
55SUMMARYThe changes made by SAQCC CP are intended to improve the competence of CP inspectors and support AIA-IS companies in meeting their responsibilitiesExisting CPs are unaffected by changes to the certification training requirementsCPs must enhance their standing through professionalism and ethical responsibility