There are two types of inspectors for boilers, pressure vessels and pressure piping: In-Service Inspector; and Senior In-Service Inspector.
  • In-Service Inspector – 3 hours plus 10 minutes reading time (current) 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 is only be applied at the discretion of AICIP where an application 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.
Examiners are required to:
  • Have integrity and comply with the AICIP Code of Ethics;
  • Have at least 10 years’ acceptable experience in the design, manufacture, installation, operation, maintenance and at least 3 years’ inspection of pressure equipment or similar equipment;
  • Maintain confidentially, report any conflicts of interest in accordance of the AICIP Constitution and Code of Ethics.
  • Have sound communication skills – to write exams in English; have well established interpersonal skills; and have a comprehensive understanding of the sector;
  • Preferably be AICIP Certified Inspector or equivalent; or have had a least 20 years’ experience in pressure equipment and 10 years in inspection of pressure equipment;
  • Be willing to undertake specific training, retraining or instruction as required by AICIP;
  • Maintain confidential all information/documents while performing the duties of examiner for AICIP;
  • Participate in AICIP examinations and the meetings of the Panel of Examiners;
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of these rules.
Examiners contribute by:
  • Suggesting new questions (and answers) for examinations;
  • Setting Papers A, B & E for ISI or Papers C & D for SISI;
  • Marking papers;
  • Assisting to improve the examination process; maintaining a high level of quality, consistency, and integrity.
  • Participate in annual panel meetings in person or teleconference;
  • Provide ideas that will help AICIP better meet industry needs; and
  • Where practicable, provide samples for paper E.
General training:
  • review AICIP general guide to examinations;
  • review AS/NZS 3788 (and appropriate parts of referenced Standards);
  • discuss examination practice with one other examiner;
  • review reports of previous examinations and feedback from candidates;>
  • review typical previous papers.


The Code of Ethics applies to all members including 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. Members 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.
  • Not knowingly act, assist or engage in fraudulent or dishonest work or practice
  • 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.

Examiners use AICIP’s marking guide. This is provided to approved examiners.

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

All applicants will be notified of their results by email.

Examiners are volunteers who provide their professional services. To ensure we can access the experience and knowledge valued by industry, AICIP pays for out of pocket expenses.

To remain a leader in the field we know we need to have the best people working with us.


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
8th March 2018* 13th September 2018* AM and PM 09/02/2018 & 13/08/2018
ISI paper E - Practical* Melbourne
21st March 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.


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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