§ 245.113. Certified inspector experience and qualifications.

 (a)  An applicant shall meet the following minimum experience, education, training or certification requirements, and have completed the required number of activities in the appropriate category for an initial inspector category certification:

Category Experience, Education, Training or Certification Total Number of Activities Completed
IUM 4 years, or college degree and 2 years and Department-approved tank tightness testing familiarization course or UTT certification and UMX certification and Corrosion protection training None
IAM 4 years, or college degree and 2 years API 653 certification or STI inspector certification or Department-approved aboveground storage tank inspector certification None
IAF 4 years, or college degree and 2 years API 653 certification or Department-approved aboveground storage tank inspector certification 12 integrity or construction inspections

 (b)  The total number of activities completed required by subsection (a) shall have been completed within the 3-year period immediately prior to submitting the application for certification. The activities shall have been completed in compliance with Federal and State requirements and the applicant shall have had substantial personal involvement at the storage tank site in the activities.

 (c)  A college degree being substituted for experience shall be, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental engineering, petroleum engineering, chemical engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, corrosion engineering, hydrology, geology or an equivalent degree as determined by the Department.

 (d)  The total number of activities completed required by subsection (a) may be met through the conducting of inspection activities. Noncertified individuals may work at the site but the certified inspector is directly responsible to assure that the activities are conducted properly. This work qualifies toward the total number of activities completed requirements.

 (e)  The total experience requirement is experience gained working at a storage tank site while working towards the total number of activities completed requirement.

 (f)  Corrosion protection training required for IUM certification shall be documented by completion of a Nationally recognized training course in the area of cathodic protection or corrosion protection, or other training as approved by the Department.

 (g)  When conducting an aboveground storage tank structural integrity inspection on an aboveground field constructed metallic storage tank, the Department-certified inspector shall also possess API Standard 653 (Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction Certification).

 (h)  The applicant shall certify completion of safety training which is appropriate for the certification category. Training must be in accordance with regulatory requirements and industry standards and procedures such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements in 29 CFR Part 1910 (relating to occupational safety and health standards).

 (i)  A certified inspector of underground storage tanks (IUM) shall complete Department-provided inspector training prior to conducting inspections on underground storage tank systems as required in §  245.411 (relating to inspection frequency).

 (j)  A certified inspector of aboveground storage tanks (IAF and IAM) shall complete Department-provided inspector training prior to conducting installation, modification, in-service and out-of-service inspections on aboveground storage tank systems as required under § §  245.551—245.554 and 245.616.

Source

   The provisions of this §  245.113 amended December 23, 1994, effective December 24, 1994, 24 Pa.B. 6515; amended September 27, 1996, effective September 28, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 4735; amended November 9, 2007, effective November 10, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 5979; amended December 21, 2018, effective December 22, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 7875. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (331018) to (331020).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  245.102 (relating to requirement for certification); 25 Pa. Code §  245.104 (relating to application for installer or inspector certification); and 25 Pa. Code §  245.114 (relating to renewal and amendment of certification).



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