‘Continuing professional development’ (CPD) is the process of managing and documenting the skills, knowledge and experience that a member of staﬀ gains both formally and informally.
Training programs help to increase the skills and knowledge in a specific subject, but experience cannot be gained in a fast-track training program.
True competence is a lot more than that, developing over time and through opportunities to put knowledge into practice. So, the question is: how can competence be managed and documented?
"Experience cannot be gained in a fast-track training program"
Pipeline standards and regulations explicitly require pipeline engineers to be both technically "competent in" and "qualified for" all the tasks they perform, but they do not specify what the competency requirements exactly are, and how these can be obtained, assessed, and independently validated.
"The question is: how can competence be managed and documented?"
In close collaboration with industry authorities, ROSEN has developed an industry-recognized Competency Standard Manual in pipeline integrity management.
Competency standards provide a common definition of a competency with clear outcomes, and detail the knowledge, training, mentoring, and experience requirements, as well as provide an assessment method. Ultimately helping members to identify and acquire the competencies required for a specific task.
"Competency standards provide a common definition of a competency with clear outcomes"
The second edition of our manual is now available, with added chapters that focus on the following competency standards:
CS_031 Verification of Inspection
CS_052 Emergency Pipeline Repair Systems
As well as an updated chapter on the following competency standard:
CS_001 Pipeline Engineering Principles