How do we know whether the engineer developing, for example, an in-line inspection program for your pipeline is competent to develop this program? How do we know that an engineer who assesses, say, the significance of cracks in your pipeline is qualified in crack assessment?  

These are all good questions. They are also important questions, as pipeline standards and regulations explicitly require pipeline engineers to be both technically ‘competent in’ and ‘qualified for’ all the tasks they perform. Unfortunately, the standards and regulations neither define nor explain these terms. They also do not provide specific requirements, but merely continue to emphasize their importance. For example, ISO states that: "…the design, construction, testing, operation, maintenance and abandonment of the pipeline system shall be carried out by suitably qualified and competent persons."
(ISO 13623:2009 - Petroleum and natural gas industries - Pipeline transportation systems.)

The industry is now working on defining and explaining the terms ‘competence’ and ‘qualification’, and how to attain and demonstrate both:

  • ‘Competence’ is the ability to undertake responsibilities and to perform activities to a recognized standard. Consequently, various organizations are producing competence standards that detail competence requirements and assessment criteria to demonstrate that staff have achieved the desired competence.
  • A ‘qualification’ is an official record or document which shows that a person has completed a course of study or training and is qualified to practice a profession or activity. A qualification consists of a grouping of relevant competencies.

This webinar examines the elements of technical competence and how a company can qualify its staff to ensure they are demonstrably ‘competent and qualified’.

This live webinar will be presented on 27 September 2017 at

  • 8 AM BST (London time) and 5 PM BST (London time)
  • 11 AM DST (Chicago time)
  • 3 PM CST (Shanghai time)


Presented By:

Simon Irvine
Learning Manager, ROSEN Education Systems and Services

Simon Irvine joined ROSEN to support service development and operations within ROSEN’s Education Systems and Services. He comes with over 10 years’ international experience in education and learning, with a heavy focus on the oil and gas sector.

Contact Simon on or +44 (0) 191 720 3212.



  • To introduce the concept of competence from a pipeline engineer’s perspective
  • To highlight the industry’s growing requirements for competent and qualified personnel
  • To explain why a ‘qualification-based’ approach is required to demonstrate competence within the pipeline industry
  • To introduce ROSEN’s Education Systems and Services offerings



  • Engineering Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • All individuals working in Pipeline Integrity Management interested in training and competency development