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Alberta Boilers Safety Association (ABSA) Issues Directive

This article appears in the July/August 2002 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

- Certification of In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspectors -

ABSA is the regulatory body governing practices related to pressure vessel and piping integrity for the Canadian province of Alberta. The directive, "Information Bulleting No. IB02-002 ", was released on February 12, 2002. It addresses the certification of in-service pressure equipment inspectors and changes by the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Technical Council restricting the certification of Safety Codes Officers in the Boilers discipline to those working for the jurisdictional authority.

Certification becomes mandatory on January 1, 2003.

"Candidates for certification as in-service inspectors or as Safety Codes Officers are required to satisfy certain requirements that include:

  1. Documented evidence of education and pressure equipment experience satisfactory to the Administrator.
  2. Documented evidence of having satisfied certification requirements as established previously by the Safety Codes Council for certification as a Safety Codes Officer in the Boilers discipline.
  3. Documented evidence of having passed the National Board Commission examination or the American Petroleum Institute API 510 Inspector examination.
  4. Successful challenge of an examination on Pressure Equipment Safety Legislation (PESL) as established by the Administrator...."

"This directive applies to all persons who certify in-service boilers or pressure vessels that are subject to the Safety Codes Act and to persons who perform certain other duties under an accepted owner/user program. The authority and responsibility of the holder of an In-Service Inspector's Certificat of competency, and the activities for which certification is mandatory are described in point 4 below..."

For more information or to download a copy of the directive visit

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