Competency assessment and qualification

Assessing pipeline engineers' competence

Our subject matter experts are available to assess your individual level of competence in a specific area of expertise. The assessment considers  resumes, examinations and interviews to determine your personal level of knowledge, skills and experience in a specific task area.

The required competencies for a specific task area are stated in a competency standard that has been developed in collaboration with an independent panel of renowned industry authorities with a combined expertise of 250 years in the pipeline industry, The Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry (QPPI). Competency standards are available in different levels: awareness, foundation, practitioner and expert.

Upon satisfaction of the requirements stated in the competency standard, you will receive a certificate providing evidence of your respective level of competence. All our processes and procedures for assessment have been developed in collaboration with the QPPI, acting as our Certification Board. ROSEN will issue this certificate that enables you to demonstrate your competence to your colleagues, company, and industry.

Skill Identification

Assessing organizational competence

For companies, concerned about the competency level of their staff, we can send in subject matter experts to perform a general assessment of staff within an organization. The assessment is a general interview with the technical management, and then individual interviews with staff. A report is then sent to the company leadership, summarizing the level of competence in the staff and recommendations where necessary.

The detailed process is:
  • Company asks ROSEN for an assessment.
  • Assessment team sends company request for information about staff and structure (CVs of all staff, organizational structure, development programs, etc.).
  • Assessment team assesses information.
  • Assessment team sends subject matter experts into the company to interview the leadership, management, and staff.
  • Assessment team then ask management and staff to complete short assessments related to their skillsets.
  • Assessment team analyses interviews and assessments, and sends confidential report (all assessments are anonymous) with recommendations (e.g., learning programs for staff) where necessary on competency levels in the company.

Competency Standards Manual for Pipeline Integrity Management

 2019 (2nd Edition)

Pages: 285
Competency Standards: 42
Contributors: Over 40 industry experts

This manual lists and defines 42 competencies, at various levels. As defined by the Manual, competence is a combination of skills (the ability to perform a task), knowledge (the ability to understand and explain a task), experience (the type, years, supervision committed to obtaining said knowledge), and behavior. To be qualified in a competence means it has been evaluated and assessed.

Together with the independent qualifications panel, a group consisting of individuals, all experts in their respective fields, a set of defined parameters were created for all 42 competencies. These include:

  • An identifier.
  • A title (for example, 'Pipeline Inspection and Surveillance').
  • A competence level (such as awareness, foundation, practitioner, or expert).
  • A basic description of the competency requirements, and the competency gained.
  • A purpose/goal of the standard.
  • The specific skills and knowledge elements of the competency.
  • An outcome which states what the individual with this competency should, know, understand, value, or be able to do once he/she has gained this specific competency.
  • Any academic or professional qualifications required before this competency can be gained.
  • Any pre-requisites or co-requisites needed before attempting this competency.
  • Any training, mentoring, and/or experience recommended to gain the competency.

Together with the Competence Club , to support the development of competence, and their assessments, the pipeline industry now has the beginning of a process to develop and quantify staff competence - The Competency Standards Manual.

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