EXAMINATIONS

There are two types of inspectors for Boilers, Pressure Vessels and Pressure Piping ; In-Service Inspector and Senior In-Service Inspector.
  • In-Service Inspector sits Papers A, B & E. – 3 hours plus 10 minutes reading time Paper A – Prerequisite – General inspection
    Paper B – Application – Inspection practice for specific types of PE
    Paper E – Practical – Candidates are required to complete an inspection in a ‘real-life’ scenario.
  • Senior In-Service Inspector Paper C – Calculations 1 hour and 25 minutes plus 5 minutes reading time
    Paper D – Management 2 hours plus 5 minutes reading time
  • Recertification Paper F* – Recertification – applies for ISI and SISI inspectors assessing competency in the field.

    *Paper F will only be applied at the discretion of AICIP In cases where the application or requested information is considered incomplete or inadequate to enable assessment of the applicants continued competency.

The examinations are closed book. If reference material is required, appropriate data will be supplied by AICIP.
Examination questions may be multiple choice, short answer and/or essay type.

There are no prerequisites, prior qualifications, training and/or experience specified for AICIP In-Service Inspectors Examinations. However, candidates with insufficient industry experience will have difficulty passing the theoretical Paper B and Practical Paper E.
To have a reasonable likelihood of demonstrating the required competency and passing the ISI examinations (and to limit cost), it is strongly recommended that applicants have at least the following:

  • Qualifications - Year 12 High School, a Trade Certificate or equivalent knowledge.
    - knowledge of common pressure equipment types and terminology used in Australian Standards.
    - Basic mathematics ability e.g. to calculate the volume, thickness and hoopstress of a cylinder.
  • Training - 100 hours formal, self or on-job training in pressure equipment inspection and AS/NZ3788.
  • Experience depending on qualifications and training, 5 years (full time equivalent) including 2 years in inspection. Shorter times apply where qualifications and training are high but experience should be sufficient to develop basic technical skills and good communication skills.
  • Personal - ability to read, write and communicate orally in the English language.
    - Maturity and reliability, eyesight and hearing (with or without correction) and physical and mental ability to competently perform the proposed inspections
  • * PE Knowledge - Understand the main technical inspection terms relating to pressure equipment

    For SISI applicants’ wider experience, calculation and technical ability is desirable in addition to the above.

It is recommended that all applicants review their knowledge and skills; both practical and theoretical. AICIP recommends all applicants consider their education; personal experiences and review their knowledge of the applicable standards prior to applying to sit examinations.

AS/NZS 3788 is the main basis for the examinations and it references some parts of other Standards which may be used for questions where relevant. Examples include:

AS 1210

Pressure vessels (primarily typical joint arrangements and general construction).

AS 1228

Boilers (for main types of boilers and typical construction).

AS 1271

Safety valves, other valves, liquid level gauges, and other fittings for boilers and pressure vessels (for terminology and basic requirements only).

AS 2593

Boilers - Safety management, and supervision systems (for safety controls).

AS 3873

Pressure equipment - Operation and maintenance (for owners’ role in inspection).

AS 3892

Pressure equipment - Installation (for inspection at installation).

AS 4343

Pressure equipment - Hazard levels

NOHSC

National Standard for Plant ( for principles and registration of designs of hazard level A, B, C or D pressure equipment, and individual items of hazard level A, B or C equipment). Note: This Standard may be difficult to access, but most States/Territories regulations are similar. It is currently being revised.

AICIP does not conduct training courses but has provided feedback to training bodies as listed on our website.

All new applicants will need to register with AICIP. Click the sign up button and follow the steps to obtain your AICIP login.
Once you have your login you will be able to fill in the online Examination Application.
Applicants will be required to fill in the each of the sections. If you do not fill in the required sections you will be unable to submit your application.
New applicants will be required to:

  • Fill in contact details
  • Upload a copy of your professional resume, degrees, diplomas, certificates of training or other institutional qualifications held in engineering or relevant disciplines
  • Upload a passport photo (JPEG format)
  • Accept the declaration
  • Pay the fee

Upon receipt, your application will be reviewed by the Certification Manager for approval. You will be notified by email the status of your application. 2 weeks prior to the examination you will received your confirmation email detailing your examination times, venue and any other information required.

Before the exam
Planning and organising
One - two weeks prior to the examination
  • Study any relevant standards, materials
  • Familiarise yourself with types of questions that are likely to be in the exam (see sample questions and answers)
  • Check that you know the time and place
  • Check your travel arrangements
  • Prepare your materials for the exam: pens, pencil, eraser, calculator, ID (driver’s License)
  • Make sure you are well rested.
During
There will be:
  • No mobile phones allowed in the examination room.
  • No talking or forms of communication with other candidates in the examination room.
  • No use of any notes or material other than those authorised or supplied.
  • No marking or writing the exam paper in the reading time.

AICIP reserve the right to remove any applicant not abiding by the above conduct in the examination room.

Exam advice:
  • Make sure you write your examination number at the top of each page. Do NOT write your name anywhere on the examination paper(s).
  • Make sure you utilise the reading time.
    • Read the instructions carefully
    • Take time to read the questions properly, identify how you are expected to answer the question E.g. List; Identify; Explain; Report; Assess; Test; Estimate; Comment; Criticise; Calculate.
    • Think about the amount of time you might spend on each section
    • Consider options for multiple choice questions (if there are any)
  • Exam strategy
    • Highlight key words.
    • Complete the questions you know well first.
    • Allocate time for questions based on the marks allocated.
    • Attempt every question – there are no marks deducted for wrong answers.
    • Save time - avoid repeating the question.
    • Abbreviations such as PE= Pressure equipment are accepted.
Final minutes:
  • Check your answers.
  • Make sure your writing and figures are legible
  • Check spelling and grammar.
End of Examination:

The invigilator will advise the finish of the examination and collect all exams (and any examination material). At the exam of the exam you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about the examination.

  • Papers and Invigilator comments are assessed by at least two examiners highly experienced in the subject and who only know the candidate’s examination number.
  • Answers are assessed against a set of standard answers but allowance is made for difficulty. No marks are deducted for poor spelling, layout, or writing unless unreadable.
  • Final marks are usually the average of the examiners’ marks.
  • Marks close to a pass are “moderated” i.e. a third examiner may be requested to review the marked papers.
  • For In-Service Inspector and Senior In-Service Inspectors - To gain certification, you must achieve an overall score of 70% or higher across all three papers. If you have scored a minimum of 50% on any paper you will be able to re-sit exams. If you have passed some of the exams, these will be held for a maximum of 2 years from the original examination (first date). Failure on third attempt means no papers can be held and you will be required to re-sit all papers again.

All results will be processed within a 4-week turnaround time from the last exam date.

All applicants will be notified of their results by email.

Each successful applicant will receive a nationally recognised certificate and wallet card provided by AICIP. Successful Applicants will also be included on the National Register of Certified Inspectors on the AICIP Website.

Applicants who fail an examination can request a re-mark or re-sit the examination.

Re-mark:
  • Applicants can apply for a re-mark of their examination Paper(s). Applicants will need to fill out the remark application form within two (2) weeks from the receipt of your exam results. This can be done through the AICIP login.
  • The fee of a remark is $200.
  • Four working weeks must be allowed after receipt of the remark application and payment for you to be notified in writing of your remark.
  • Candidates can only receive a re-mark on the papers from their most recent exam sat. Re-marks will NOT be conducted during the exam period (application cut off date – results release date).
  • An AICIP independent examiner picked at random from 10 AICIP examiners. The examiner has no details of your previous marks or your background. This is to avoid any influence on the objective marking of your exam.
  • The final mark:
    • AICIP takes into account all marks of the Examination Paper and moderates again. This favours the candidate usually – for trying, initiative, effort and learning some more.
    • If the re-mark is lower than the initial mark, the initial mark stands.
    • If the re-mark is higher than the initial mark, then the final mark is the mean of the initial and re-mark. If then within 3 marks of an overall pass – all papers are reviewed with the candidates’ background taken into consideration, usually resulting in a certificate.
Re-examination:

To gain certification, you must achieve a score of 70% or higher on each paper. If you have scored a minimum of 50% on any paper you will be able to re-sit exams. If you have passed some of the exams, these will be held for a maximum of 2 years from the original examination (first date). Failure on third attempt means no papers can be held and you will be required to re-sit all papers again.

Applicants re-sitting an examination have to fill out the application form for the next set of examinations. This can be done by logging in the AICIP Website.

Applicants should contact AICIP in writing if they are unable to re-sit the failed examination paper(s) within the 2-year period. A decision on extending the set timeframe will go to the AICIP board for review.

Applicants re-sitting an examination keep the same examination number.

The fee of a re-sit is:

In-Service Inspector: A, B or E $275
Senior In-Service Inspector: C or D $231

Examination feedback:

Candidates requesting examination feedback can receive examination feedback OR a re-mark not both. Candidates should contact the AICIP administrator in writing detailing their examination number; preferred contact details and time to contact; and which examination paper(s) they want reviewed. Feedback will be conducted by the AICIP Certification Officer - please allow up to four weeks from the date of your examination feedback enquiry.

In the feedback session applicants will be advised of where their potential gaps may be, and receive guidance on information to assist you when re-sitting an exam. AICIP encourages unsuccessful applicants to seek feedback.

Candidates can only receive feedback on the papers from their most recent exam sat. Examination feedback will NOT be conducted during the exam period (application cut off date – results release date).

Those who receive feedback will NOT eligible for a re-mark of the paper.

AICIP CODE OF ETHICS

The Code of Ethics applies to all members; stakeholders who include inspectors, invigilators, examiners and industry associates. The Code should not be interpreted as a full or exhaustive list of the situations which may present as compliance or non-compliance. All members and stakeholders need to comply with the conditions and the spirit of the Code..

When performing your professional duties, you will:

  • Demonstrate Integrity and dignity acting with integrity, honesty and impartiality; acting appropriately, and in a professional manner; comply with all legal and contractual obligations.
  • Accept and perform work only within their areas of competence, i.e. within their capability, qualifications, training and experience.
  • Apply skill and knowledge in the interest of, their client or employers to carry out work in a proper, impartial and proficient manner; and compete lawfully and faithfully,
  • Avoid or advise where a conflict of interest may arise between clients, employers or the public.
  • Ensure confidentiality of copyright information or material obtained in the course of your work is not transferred to other parties unless accompanied by the written authority from a duly authorised person.
  • Provide professional advice and reports ensuring evidence, opinions or statements are accurate, objective and in a truthful manner; ensure reports and documents are based on adequate knowledge, identified interest, and state any limitations or conditions; and inform clients and employers when, in the interest of health and safety, further work is required or that work is outside your competence.
  • Continue ongoing professional development supporting others to further develop their knowledge and experience to improve competence - knowledge and skill to match changes in technology.
  • Demonstrate ongoing commitment and responsibility for the welfare and health and safety of the community and the environment, giving this priority before sectional or private interest.
  • AICIP use of certificate, logos and marks- All stakeholders.

    You may use the AICIP logo on your business card; letterhead; email signature and/or website. However, any use of the AICIP logo must be carried out in accordance with the rules specified in this document and the AICIP style guide. The following restrictions apply to any use of the AICIP logo:

    • AICIP logo shall be used on business cards; letterheads; company websites or signatures of Certified Inspectors. Any exemptions must be approved by AICIP in writing.
    • The AICIP logo may NOT be used on badges, clothing, hats or any type of apparel, or physical displays.
    • AICIP certification is NOT to be used in such a manner that may bring AICIP is disrepute, and not to make any statement regarding the certification that is deemed misleading or unauthorised by AICIP.
    • AICIP logo shall NOT be used in any manner that violates federal, state or local law.
    • The AICIP logo, identification card and certificate are NOT to be used in any misleading manner.
    • If you are found to be suspended or your certification has been withdrawn you MUST discontinue the use of all claims or references to your AICIP certification and immediately return your certificate and identification card issued by AICIP.
    • If the above requirements are not met AICIP reserves the right to request those using AICIP’s name, logo, or reference to AICIP in an unacceptable manner, to immediately desist and withdraw such documentation.

      Where doubt exists on the use of the AICIP name, or logo, advice should be sought from AICIP before using.

Dates and fees

Exam PapersWhereDateTimesApplication cut off date
ISI paper A & B - Theory Nationally 7th March 2018 12th September 2018 AM - PM 09/02/2018 & 13/08/2018
ISI paper E - Practical* Sydney
Adelaide
Brisbane
8th March 2018* 13th September 2018* AM and PM 09/02/2018 & 13/08/2018
ISI paper E - Practical* Melbourne
Perth
Darwin
21stMarch 2018* 26th September 2018* AM and PM 09/02/2018 & 13/08/2018
SISI papers C & D - Theory Nationally 7th March 2018 12th September 2018 AM - PM 09/02/2018 & 13/08/2018

*additional dates for the practical exams may be added/deleted depending upon applicant interest.

Renew or re-certify

Renewal application

AICIP Certification is valid for 5 years. To apply for a renewal assessment you are required to submit a minimum of 5 inspection reports; a letter from your current/or last employer detailing the work undertaken; and a declaration declaring all information is true and correct. Applications will only be assessed if all information is provided.

The fee for renewals is $825.
Recertification

Recertification (10-year Renewal) – At the 10-year point, under new procedure Inspectors do not need to sit Paper F Examination unless the application or requested information is incomplete or inadequate to enable assessment. Recertification is the same as the 5-year renewal process listed above. Assessment of the Inspectors continuing competency is based off full assessment of past and current inspection reports, types and amount of Pressure Equipment inspected, their CPL and verbal confirmation of satisfactory inspection performance from an employer or client.

Paper F will only be applied where deemed necessary to confirm competency.

This is in accordance with recent AICIP improvements resulting from 15 years of renewal experience, the move to closer alignment with best international practice and removal of unnecessary costs to industry, inspectors and AICIP. This change does not reduce the assessed level of competency.

Applications will only be assessed if all information is provided.

The fee for Recertification is $825.
Has your certification expired?

Inspectors should ensure a renewal application is lodged BEFORE their certification expiry date if they would still like to be certified by AICIP. If your certification has expired for a period longer than three months, your certification will lapse and you will be required to apply for re-certification (Paper F).

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List of competencies

An applicant must demonstrate thorough knowledge, skills and ability that the competencies given in the AICIP Document 003-7 can be responsibly and consistently applied.

  • Competency “comprises knowledge and skills and the consistent application of that knowledge and skills to the standard of performance required in employment”. AICIP does not specify how competency is gained.

  • Competent Person usually means “a person who has acquired through training, qualification, or experience, or a combination of these, the knowledge and skills enabling that person to perform the task required”.

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