As of 22 December 2021, CERTivation GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ROSEN Group, is officially accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for fulfilling the requirements of ISO/IEC 17024:2012 General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. The accreditation was granted within the scopes of "Certified in Pipeline Integrity Management: CS_014F" and "Certified in Pipeline Defect Assessment: CS_020F."
The new accreditation represents a strategic expansion of the company's service portfolio. CERTivation is an accredited provider of the certification of management systems according to international norms such as ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 45001. In addition, CERTivation offers services based on American Petroleum Institute (API) standards. These include API-U-certified trainings according to the API-Q1 and API-Q2 standards as well as audits for manufacturing organizations and service suppliers in the petroleum and natural gas industry. Therefore, it was a natural step to also seek accreditation as a personnel certification body in the field of pipeline integrity.
As part of the ROSEN Group, CERTivation has a strong connection to the oil and gas industry and thus a good sense of the industry's needs. One of these needs is the availability of qualified programs for the continuous learning and development of its employees. Pipeline standards and regulations specifically require staff to be both competent and qualified in the tasks they perform. The American Petroleum Institute’s recommended practice API 1173 states, “The pipeline operator shall ensure that personnel … have an appropriate level of competence in terms of education, training, knowledge and experience.” This is why CERTivation commissioned the Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry (QPPI), an independent panel of qualified subject matter experts, to identify the competencies that are essential in the field of pipeline integrity, and to develop respective certification schemes. Eight qualifications were selected for certification by CERTivation.
CERTivation has now been accredited for certifying personnel in Pipeline Integrity Management and Pipeline Defect Assessment. Individuals certified in Pipeline Integrity Management can define and distinguish between differing integrity management methods/techniques, particularly pipeline integrity management and systems, and can list the threats to pipeline safety and the consequences of pipeline failure. Individuals certified in Pipeline Defect Assessment can describe pipeline integrity and pipeline defect assessments (for all types of defects found in pipelines), and can summarize and give examples of fatigue assessment. CERTivation is currently in the process of accreditation according to ISO 17024 by ANSI for the certifications of the six other qualifications identified by the QPPI.