New Structure for CSWIP Certification in Plant Integrity Management
this competitive age, the resources of successful plant operators can be severely
stretched when faced with unforeseen problems or when planning for appropriate long-term
asset management. The key to the safe and reliable operation of process plant is
to identify the most cost-effective practical solutions, using state-of-the-art
assessment tools and techniques.
Recognising the need to ensure that engineers involved in asset integrity management
are suitably qualified to deliver optimised plant inspection and assessment, TWI
is offering an internationally recognised CSWIP plant inspector certification scheme
at three competency levels (Level 1, 2 and 3).
TWI has responded to industry's need for plant inspection personnel to gain certification
in plant integrity management by offering the Plant Inspection training scheme in
a modular format, giving prospective students the opportunity to follow a clearly
defined, structured career path.
These courses are aimed at plant engineers, non-destructive testing engineers, materials
and corrosion engineers and 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 and safety regulators. The courses have three goals:
- To ensure inspectors and engineers responsible for plant integrity have the essential
tools and skills necessary to assess plant safety
- To recognise and certify plant inspector competence
- To provide a structured path for continuing professional development of plant integrity
practitioners through formal training/certification.
CSWIP Plant Inspector - Level 1
The following gives an overview of the modular training programme: Module 1:
Part A - Rules/Regulations and Duties of the Plant Inspector
Part B - Inspection Methods
Students unable to meet the knowledge/experience requirements for direct entry onto
the Level 1 course will be able to acquire this knowledge by taking supplementary
training modules. For example, if students do not meet the NDE requirement,
they must take the
NDE appreciation course. If they do not have an inspection approval, they
must take the
Offshore Visual Inspection or
Welding Inspection training before certification will be awarded.
CSWIP Plant Inspector – Levels 2 and 3
The new Plant Inspection Level 2 format is predominantly based around asset integrity
management skills, focusing on inspection and maintenance planning, integrity assessment
and repair based on API and ASME standards and best practice.
Student must pass four of the following seven modules and hold CSWIP Plant Inspector
Level 1 in order to be awarded CSWIP Plant Inspector Level 2.
2 - Damage Mechanism Assessment for RBI and FFS, based on API RP 571
3 - RBI based on API RP 580, 581 and ASME
4 - FFS Assessment based on API 579-1 and ASME FFS-1 2007
5 - Weld Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping
Module 6 – Pressure Vessel Inspection based on API 510 – coming soon!
Module 7 - Piping Inspector based on API 570 – coming soon!
Module 8 - Aboveground Tank Inspector based on API 653 – coming soon!
Student must pass any six of the above seven modules and hold CSWIP Plant Inspector
Level 1 in order to be awarded CSWIP Plant Inspector Level 3.
Students who hold an API approval will not have to attend the relevant CSWIP training
course however they must pass the CSWIP bridging examination for the particular
module which they seek exemption.
If you require additional information, please contact the Plant Inspection Programme