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  • The Plant Inspector Role




The Matthews Training/ASME Plant Inspector Certificate Program (PICP) is specifically designed to serve the industry of in-service inspection of pressure systems and related static plant. It is designed for use outside the jurisdiction of the US and Canada where the use of ASME/API/NBIC codes has legal ‘jurisdiction’ significance. It is therefore a program which can have a wider technical scope instead of being limited by the prescriptive roles and responsibilities of the inspection role inside the US, which do not always fit well into other countries’ ways of working.






  • The Program Purpose




Assessment-based certificate programs require explicit statements regarding the primary purpose of the certificate program. This is to provide guidance to certificate holders and other stakeholders. The stated purposes of the Matthews /ASME certificate program are:


To enable certificate holders to demonstrate their knowledge of the technical principles, codes and practices of the in-service inspection of process plant equipment


To enable employers, plant operators and other stakeholders to identify inspectors who have undergone training and assessment by examination in the in-service inspection of process plant equipment




Worldwide, the in-service inspection role requires the inspector to have a wide base of technical knowledge. As an ASME Certificate Program with assessment, the ASME PICP addresses this by the design of the course and the form of the candidate assessment. This assessment requires the candidate to demonstrate abilities not only in their retention of technical knowledge but also in practical inspection skills and ability to write narrative






Principles of the ASME PICP design are based on the skills that candidates require to demonstrate their abilities as plant inspector. These include;


A wide spread of technical knowledge on inspection principles, frequencies, equipment damage mechanisms and the types and techniques of inspection


The use of basic code calculations from a variety of national codes in common use in the oil/petrochemical/process industries


Knowledge of inspection plans/written schemes of examination


Practical abilities to inspect equipment and make decisions/recommendation on what they find


The ability to write narrative technical descriptions that will convince others that they have sufficient knowledge for their conclusions recommendations to be listed to. This is particularly important at Level 2 where complicated technical arguments have to be addressed.








The Level 1 certificate is the benchmark level for candidates who wish to demonstrate that they have the basic knowledge and understanding required to work as plant inspector. Typically, their role will include;


  • Unsupervised practical inspections on pressure systems in accordance with a written scheme of examination (WSE)
  • Determining initial acceptance/non-acceptance to industry recognized in service inspection standards
  • Identifying straightforward damage mechanisms (DMs) and commenting on their severity
  • Writing inspection reports (in accordance with a WSE) that will assist in validating previous RBI scheme information




The Level 1 inspector will be planning a career in practical inspection rather than in design, detailed fitness-for-service calculations or as an office-based inspection engineer or analyst. During field inspections they will be willing to take basic technical decisions (for examples on minimum required thickness calculations) but prefer to refer their inspection findings to head office ‘technical authority’ or other specialists rather than defend them against strong technical opposition from operators or clients.




  • To understand the various fundamental aspects of plant inspection within industry
  • To provide formal Plant Inspector certification, due to:
    • Increasing demands for integrated asset management within process plants
    • Increasing complexity of plant systems
  • To meet the syllabus requirements of the CSWIP Plant Inspector Level 1 examination.




  • Roles and duties of the Plant Inspector
  • QA/inspection
  • inspection safety legislation, rules and regulations
  •  basic inspection skills
  •  inspection and test plans
  • inspection of materials
  • Visual inspection skills
  • visual examination of welds
  • inspection and NDT
  • engineering materials
  • Material degradation and failure.
  • Inspection of Vessels, Pipework and Heat Exchangers
  • Basic stress /corrosion calculations
  • Basic application of API inspection codes
  • Corrosion severity
  •  Inspection reporting
    • 5 Day(s)

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