A set of techniques used in the inspection of a material’s integrity are called NDT (Non-Destructive Testing). These inspection techniques are performed by certified inspectors to avert accidents in working areas of factories. Now a question arises, who certifies these inspectors? Is there a number of certification boards or just one? Are the certifiers working under Australian Government? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions.
What is AICIP?
AICIP (Australian Institute for the Certification of Inspection Personnel) is a non-profit body. This certifying body is incorporated with the Department of Fair Trading under the Associations Incorporation Act 1984. It is an Australian Registered organisation with the Australian Securities Commission. Professionals certified by them are known as AICIP pressure vessel inspectors.
Why were they formed?
Due to Government policies of National Standard for Plant, owners of industries that deal with engineering plants need to ensure that competent persons are hired to inspect such in-service plants. Therefore, AICIP was formed by the organisations of industries, with the support of State Regulatory Authorities. The board was established to provide competency certification programmes for the inspectors.
When were the first AICIP examination held?
The first examination for AICIP was successfully completed on the 10th of July 1997. The examination was held to certify all of the inspection personnel including junior and senior in-service inspectors of Pressure Equipment.
Does AICIP holds training courses or approves private training organisations?
No, AICIP do not conduct any training courses, just to prevent conflict of interest between the inspectors and the training personnel. ACIP, therefore only stands for examining/certifying programs.
What types of plants and inspection personnel are covered by AICIP?
AICIP certifies design verifiers, welding inspectors and other in-service inspectors. The types of plant or equipment covered by AICIP includes pressure vessels, amusement devices, lifts, pipelines, mechanical testing, metallurgical investigation, radiography and ultrasonics.
What does AICIP certification mean to an owner?
It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that the inspection is performed by a competent
person. AICIP certification means, the owner is establishing safety and productivity in the working ground. AICIP certified inspectors also ensures durability of the mechanism.
Can an owner hire inspectors who have previously inspected the plant?
It is the prerogative of an owner to employ whoever he/she wishes. They must observe appropriate standards and regulations according to the State or Territory in Australia. AICIP offers the owners the opportunity to utilise a nationally recognised, independent certifier to assist them with expert responsibilities.
Thus, whenever you conduct NDT tests, make sure you hire AICIP certified inspectors.