Advanced Program in Pipeline Defect Assessment (CS020F+)

Advanced Program in Pipeline Defect Assessment

This learning program will provide individuals with a good understanding of the underlying principles, concepts, technical parameters, and methods in assessing defects, such as corrosion, cracks, and dents, in high pressure oil and gas pipelines, giving the individual an all-round understanding of the effect of defects on pipeline integrity.

Your course at a glance


Course Availability

Available 24/7



Estimated 3-4 months (30 hours of content)



Blended learning



Foundation level


Competency Standards

Satisfies the learning requirement for
Pipeline Defect Assessment CS020F+


What you will get

Completion certificate and CPD hours

Who should take the program?

The learning program is aimed at pipeline integrity engineers who are involved with the inspection, assessment, or repair of pipeline defects.

What is your course format?

The program is on online, on-demand course that is designed to be completed within 3-4 months, however you will have access for 12 months from purchase date.The learning will include:

What are the course outcomes?

When you successfully complete this Program you will be able to describe pipeline integrity and pipeline defect assessments (for all types of defects found in pipelines) and can summarize and give examples of fatigue assessment. 

What will you learn?

  • Material properties (with a detailed focus on fracture toughness)
  • Fracture mechanisms (brittle, transitional, ductile), and fracture mechanics approaches (including J integral and crack tip opening displacement)
  • Assessment of corrosion using ASME B31G, assessment of cracks using API 579/BS 7910, and assessment of mechanical damage
  • Pipeline failure causes (including external interference, external forces, corrosion, fatigue, ground movement, sabotage, theft, human error (including over-pressure, over-temperature), spanning, hydrodynamic loads, buckling, and thermal stressing)
  • Effect of hydro-testing on defect behaviour
  • Commercial, corporate, political, and sabotage threats to pipelines and facilities
  • Case studies in pipeline failures, modes, and mechanisms
  • Corrosion growth and fatigue crack growth models

Meet your subject matter expert


Dr Phil Hopkins

Dr. Phil Hopkins, an independent consultant based in the UK, developed all content for this program. Dr Hopkins has held a number of senior management and executive positions in the oil and gas business, and combines this high level management expertise with over 35 years engineering experience in transmission pipelines, including work on pipeline engineering, damage, safety, risk, integrity, surveillance, inspection and maintenance, and repair.