Getting Started: Alberta In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector (ISI)
In Alberta, pressure equipment owner-users must have an Integrity Management System (IMS) that complies with the Alberta Pressure Equipment Safety Regulations (PESR). In compliance, all IMSs require personnel who inspect and certify installed pressure vessels, boilers, fired equipment and similar equipment, and those who supervise in-service inspection staff, shall hold the required Alberta In-service pressure equipment Inspector Certification and be certified as competent to perform the specific type of inspection.
Education and Experience Requirements
In order to qualify for certification as an In-Service Inspector (ISI) for Pressure Equipment, candidates must have the following combinations of education and experience:
- Bachelors Degree in Engineering: Metallurgical, Mechanical or Welding or an associated degree in a comparable subject, or First Class Power Engineer's Certificate of Competency and a minimum of 2 years of experience; or
- Diploma or certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Material Science technology or Welding Engineering Technology or an associated degree in a comparable subject or Second Class Power Engineer's Certificate of Competency and a minimum of 3 years of experience; or
- High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) equivalent and Technical training in Boiler and/or Pressure Vessel Inspection and a minimum of 4 years of experience (including continuing education, correspondence or code course(s) in at least one of the categories in "Acceptable Pressure Equipment Experience”.
Acceptable pressure equipment experience must include a minimum of one year pressure equipment inspection experience. Additional experience may include design, manufacture, repair,maintenance, operation, nondestructive examination of pressure equipment
Additional Third Party Certification Requirements
To be eligible for certification, the candidate must meet ONE of the following third party certifications:
- Permanent Safety Codes Officer (Boiler) Level III; or
- API 510 Certification; or
- Provide evidence of successful challenge of the API 510 certification examination within the previous 5 years; or
- National Board Inservice Commission; or
- Provide evidence of successful challenge of National Board Inservice Commission Examination within the previous 5 years.
In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector (ISI) Examination
- Exam consists of both open-book and closed book multiple choice questions, each with 4 possible answers
- You will be given 3 hours to answer 100 questions
- This examination has a set passing point of at least 70%
For more information regarding the topics of the exam, please refer to the In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector (ISI) Certification Requirements (AB-526)
Every 5 years, must meet the following requirements:
- have in-service pressure equipment inspection experience,
- continuing education in pressure equipment, and
- successfully pass the 1 hour, 25-question re-certification examination
Exam Codes and CASTI Courses
Note:This course is designed to assist with exam preparation for the Alberta In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector (ISI) Certification. This course will help identify, navigate, and organize the areas of study. However, it does not teach Safety Codes Act and Regulations or PESR.
This summary of educational requirements, examination and renewal, and recognition and reciprocity information is provided for your general overview. It is important that you read the complete documents containing these details as provided by ABSA and CASTI.