Education Systems and Services

Investing in Competence



ROSEN’s Education Systems and Services offers a variety of competency-based learning, assessment and collaboration programs for Pipeline Integrity Management. The offerings include programs at different levels, providing all those involved across the industry the opportunity to continuously develop their expertise, whether they are a student looking to learn or a subject-matter expert keen on exchanging ideas with others.

We help you demonstrate your competence.

Knowledge sharing, online learning, competency assessment and certification, and education consultancy are important program components on the path to a demonstrably competent industry, and they are all offered in the Competence Club.

The Competence Club

A knowledge network that keeps you connected

The Competence Club is the pipeline industry’s premier open-source learning and collaboration platform, connecting you with experts, their insights and learning materials about integrity management, including on pipeline operation, inspection, integrity and risk.

Designed as a toolkit for young and experienced professionals alike, the Competence Club features technical presentations, structured online courses, expert interviews and competency assessments. Above all, it fosters industry collaboration by bringing all stakeholders in the pipeline industry together by offering exclusive events and communities of practice.


Distribute the wealth

Learning, knowledge sharing, regular dialogue and continuous collaboration among stakeholders in the pipeline industry is indispensable in order to increase and maintain individual and organizational competence at a high level. Therefore, we are committed to supporting the sharing of knowledge and fostering active industry collaboration in areas relevant to professionals working in the industry – on a local and international basis. We bring pipeline operators, contractors, industry experts, students, educational institutions and others together.

Join the Competence Club today to stay informed and take part in future industry collaboration!

We ensure your competence – at different technical levels

The online learning catalog offers a variety of relevant courses in the area of pipeline integrity management. It is designed to provide a broad overview of a specific subject and introduce you to a newly defined skillset in pipeline operation, inspection, integrity or risk. The experts and practitioners themselves develop the courses, which are regularly updated based on the needs expressed by the industry. Most courses are offered in a variety of languages.

Diverse learning formats:

  • E-Learning: Self-paced online access to awareness-level e-learning materials including videos, interviews, micro-courses, etc. These courses are for students, young integrity engineers, regulators and operators who have basic technical knowledge or are new to the industry.
  • Virtual Training Courses: Foundation-level live or on-demand courses with the opportunity to submit individual questions to experts. These courses are especially suitable for young integrity engineers, regulators, inspectors and compliance officers.
  • Learning Programs: Structured learning guide with competency requirements to prepare students, integrity engineers or teams for examination/certification with on-demand foundation-level courses and tutoring support.

Have a look at the complete offer by visiting our Competence Club.

From self-assessment to formal competency assessment and certification

By identifying the needs directly from the industry, our experts in various areas of asset management design learning programs and competency assessments, and they initiate certifications accordingly. CERTivation GmbH (an independent certification body accredited according to ISO 17021-1 and ISO 27006 providing internationally accepted certifications of management systems) and the Qualification Panel for the Pipeline Industry (QPPI – an independent group of experts) supervise the entire competency assessment and certification process.

There are different types of competency assessments available, depending on individual needs:

  • Skill Identification Assessment: By means of a free-of-charge self-assessment, individuals review their skills based on pre-defined Competency Standards. A report details the results compared to minimum standards defined by the independent QPPI. Based on that, individuals can run through a proper learning program and have their competency assessed.
  • Team Baseline Assessment: These assessments are targeted at pipeline integrity management teams and are conducted in the form of individual competency-based interviews by ROSEN and QPPI members. Following the assessments, relevant recommendations and competency development programs are offered in order to close identified gaps.
  • Formal Competency Assessment and Certification: In addition to the aforementioned assessment options, candidates have the opportunity to get their competency officially qualified. Individuals can run through a formal assessment leading to certification in a total of 19 competencies, two of which are accredited by ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) and six of which are currently in the process of accreditation.

Individual Competency Assessments and Certifications in Pipeline Integrity:
…offered by CERTivation GmbH:
…offered by ROSEN in collaboration with QPPl:
  • Pipeline Engineering Principles
  • Pipeline Inspection and Surveillance
  • Pipeline Integrity Management (ANAB-accredited)
  • Pipeline Defect Assessment (ANAB-accredited)
  • In-Line Inspection Technologies & Procedures
  • ILI Data Analysis & Reporting
  • Stress Analysis
  • Fracture Mechanics

CERTivation GmbH is accredited by ANAB (ANSI National Accreditation Board) according to ISO/IEC 17024 for the certification programs Pipeline Integrity Management and Pipeline Defect Assessment.

NEW: Certified Pipeline Integrity Engineer
Individuals who wish to pursue the Pipeline Integrity Engineer certification scheme must have an engineering degree from a recognized or accredited university, or have a professional engineering qualification (PEng or CEng, for example) and obtained certification in each of the eight aforementioned competencies, to be eligible to take the comprehensive pipeline-integrity final exam. For more information, please visit the CERTivation webpage here.

  • Pipeline Risk Management
  • Pipeline Repair
  • Internal Corrosion Prevention and Monitoring
  • Pipeline Welding
  • Crack Management
  • Internal Corrosion Mechanisms
  • External Corrosion and Prevention
  • Cathodic Protection and Monitoring
  • Risk Analysis
  • Probability of Failure Analysis
  • Consequence Analysis

The QPPI, an independent group of experts, supervises the entire competency assessment process and develops the certifications.

Advisory Committee

Taking education into your own hands

ROSEN supports you in developing your own education programs by providing customized design packages and providing advice on learning matters. Guidance is available on several topics, including:

  • Learning objectives
  • Lesson planning
  • Assessment criteria and tools

These education programs typically consist of different elements, such as workshops, courses or phases of mentored practical work. Combined, they enable your workforce to expand their subject knowledge and skillsets while developing a broader understanding of the subject in its industrial context.

Education consultancy services are available upon request. Please contact us here for more information.

What to expect from a Competence Club membership?

Free for all members


Joining the Competence Club will help you leverage your professional growth and structure your career progression. Most importantly, it will allow you to demonstrate your level of competence to your colleagues, company and industry.


Competence is a key consideration in managing assets. The risks they present to the safety of people and the environment are becoming more imminent, and standards and regulations explicitly require that all personnel working on assets be competent and qualified in their respective fields of responsibility. This poses two challenges for pipeline operators, contractors, consultancies and future pipeline engineers:

Are you and your team competent?
Competence, however, is not merely a certain skill or specific piece of knowledge that can be acquired in a set period of time and tested by exam. It is a combination of skill, knowledge and experience that is acquired over an extended period of time.

Can you demonstrate your teams' competence?
The demonstration of staff competence to the public, to regulators or to operators requires assessment and accreditation of qualifications; however, competence assessment is a very time-consuming and complex task, and there is a shortage of learning programs that are accredited by reputable institutions.

All our programs are based on the standards published in the ROSEN Competency Standards Manual for Pipeline Integrity Management.

Competency Standards:

  • Establish the minimum requirements for knowledge, skill and experience for engineers working on different tasks and levels.
  • Provide a structured approach that helps assess and maintain competencies.
  • Allow teams to identify knowledge gaps and design learning programs.

These standards have been developed together with international experts and members of the QPPI.


This is an example of how competence and knowledge transfer could take place within an organization by means of the competency-based approach of ROSEN.

There are different types of competency assessments available, depending on individual needs:

  1. Set: Qualifications and competence of employees are defined. External regulations need to be taken into consideration.
  2. Act: Potential knowledge and competency gaps in employees are identified.
  3. Plan: Existing roles and responsibilities are defined, necessary competencies are identified, and training plans are developed.
  4. Do: Learning, assessment and certification plans are executed (Competence Club offer)
  5. Check: Review/audit whether the actions undertaken have been successful and implement any corrective actions.


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ROSEN is your partner when it comes to training, education, qualification and collaboration in the pipeline industry. Please contact us anytime. We will be happy to provide you with more information.

Michelle Unger

Michelle Unger

Education Systems and Services
Quorum Business Park, Floor 2, Q5
NE12 8BS – Newcastle upon Tyne – UK
Phone +44 191-215-4010
Fax +44 191-247-5828

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