Competent Persons Training

The SAIW Competent Person courses are ideal for persons intending to work as inspectors for an Approved Inspection Authority (AIA) which has in-service inspection included in the scope of its accreditation and approval by the Department of Labour Employment and Labour.

These courses are also suitable for engineering personnel responsible for in-service inspection requirements according to the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER). The qualification will ensure that the user’s responsibility in terms of the in-service inspection requirements of the PER are appropriately managed.

Competent persons perform the in-service inspections which are required by the Pressure Equipment Regulations (PER) according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Competent persons are required to be certified by the SAQCC Competent Persons certification body and it is an essential requirement that the candidates have successfully completed an approved training course for certification.

Certification is available in two categories – pressure vessels or steam generators.

Successful candidates will have a basic knowledge of common welding processes used in steam generator manufacture and repair and the defects that may occur in original manufacture; have gained knowledge and understanding of the defects that arise in service and possible equipment failure mechanisms; have gained knowledge of the suitability of NDT test methods; understand the roles and responsibilities of the user, the AIA in-service and the competent person inspector in complying with the in-service inspection requirements of the PER and have sufficient technical knowledge to be able to perform in-service inspection of steam generators.

Training Evaluation:

The Foundation Week ends with an examination aimed to ensure the candidate has sufficient background knowledge in welding and NDT to start work in Competent Person activities and study further courses leading to certification.


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