EEMUA Mechanical Integrity Practitioner Certificate (MIPC)

EEMUA's online competency-based training course for mechanical integrity practitioners addresses the loss of primary containment of hazardous substances, a major cause of incidents and regulator interventions in the UK.

The flexible online learning delivery and assessment, and robust certification means that Learners do not have to be away from site for long periods in order to obtain relevant, industry accepted competence in a safety critical area, with appropriate evidence for stakeholders. The Induction element of this blended learning course starts in early December 2019, with the first of the six Learning Cycles commencing in January 2020 and the Final Assessment completed in July 2020. Full details of the first EEMUA MIPCTM course, including pricing, are here.

The Mechanical Integrity Practitioner Certificate training course encourages good practice in the profession by setting competency benchmarks that are in tune with real world industrial requirements. As safety, sustainability and wider environmental concerns continue to transform engineering, this EEMUA training course will allow Learners to demonstrate up to date knowledge adapted to their company and site needs. 

EEMUA MIPC is designed to encourage a culture of continuous improvement. It will bring to focus the key changes in technologies, expectations and work practices – and make Learners informed professionals who are in step with the latest learnings from industrial engineering.

Benefits of MIPC to owner/operators of plant containing hazardous substances

EEMUA's Mechanical Integrity Practitioner Certificate training course has a significant number of benefits to owners and operators with plant containing hazardous substances. These include:
 
  • Tailored to company/site requirements 
  • Based on EEMUA 231 – an approach co-developed and supported by the UK safety regulator (the Health and Safety Executive) - and the HSE PSSR ACOP
  • Includes good practice for working with Third Party Inspection bodies (from EEMUA 232)
  • Effective management of process and plant safety risks 
  • Flexible online learning delivery and assessment, robust certification
  • Aligned to the leading frameworks of engineering competence
  • Reinforces company procedures, instructions and company knowledge 
  • Encourages a positive safety culture 
  • Provides wider perspective, leading to informed anticipation and prevention
  • Enables better engagement and continuous development of the engineering professional  
  • Up to date with latest developments such as robotic inspection
  • Observer role to keep the company up to date with Learner progress
Designed for Practitioners

Developed by EEMUA members, from a range of industry sectors, the MIPC training course is aimed at mechanical integrity practitioners working under UK legislation. As such, the learning materials and assessments are aligned to the following UK competency levels: Engineering Technologist (PAS 525 Professional Engineering Competence Level), Incorporated Engineer (UK-SPEC), and Category 2 (UKAS RG2).

Learners should already be actively engaged in a mechanical integrity role such as Corrosion Engineer, Inspection Engineer, Integrity Engineer/Officer, Mechanical Integrity/Asset Integrity Engineer, Operational Safety Engineer/Craftsperson and Plant Inspector. They should have three to five years experience in this type of position and a relevant qualification.

Over a 27-week period, the MIPC training course will provide a clear view of challenges, trends and opportunities from a mechanical integrity perspective, tailoring the learning to the industry sector and sites that the Learner works on. MIPC has been designed around the Learner experience, including Tutor and Mentor support and a variety of online learning activities delivered via a corporate level blended learning platform. A portfolio of work must be submitted by the Learner before the end of the course. There is also a final online assessment. Both the Tutors and Assessors are experts provided by EEMUA.

Topics are addressed via six Learning Cycles as follows:

Learning Cycles of the EEMUA Mechanical Integrity Practitioner Certificate
 
  • LC1 - Legislative Environment, Written Scheme of Examination (WSE)
  • LC2 - Equipment Design Elements, Operational Considerations, Risk and As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP)
  • LC3 - Asset Condition, User Responsibilities and Competencies
  • LC4 - Inspection Process, Inspection and Test Techniques, Inspection Roles
  • LC5 - Responses to Findings and Reporting, Postponement, Record keeping
  • LC6 - WSE Review, Audit, Feedback, Industry Good Practice
Benefits of MIPC to Learners

The key benefits to Learners of taking the MIPC training course are outlined below:

Relevant

MIPC is built around the competencies that EEMUA Member companies look for in a mechanical integrity professional. 
 
Flexible

MIPC is designed to be flexible, fitting around busy professional lives. Learning is conducted online, at a time and place of the Learner’s choosing. The foundation is real work – activities that help Learners build their portfolio for submission. 

Supported

Human interaction and support are at the core of MIPC. There will be live online classes to go to (recorded, just in case one is missed) and one-to-one sessions with expert Tutors to clarify any topic. Most importantly, there will be a Mentor, nominated by the Learner or employer, to oversee a guided process of development. 

Practical

Everything in MIPC is practically oriented, connected to the situations and demands of Learners’ own work, based on the industry sector and the requirements of each company site or equivalent. The point of MIPC is to keep focusing on a Learner’s day-to-day work and seek improvement along the way.

Expectations of Learners
 
  • The induction and learning aspects of the course are conducted solely online. Therefore, for the best user experience, Learners will need access to a computer with a large screen and a broadband internet connection.
  • The Learner will be expected to meet the course's entry requirements as well as nominate a suitable Mentor and preferably an Observer (both ideally from the Learner's own organisation) to participate in the course.
  • The Learner must abide by the Code of Conduct for the course, including relevant non-disclosure and non-compete commitments  
  • The Learner will need to be proficient in English both written and spoken. A basic mathematical ability is assumed.
  • The Final Assessment will be conducted at the EEMUA office in London or, providing special criteria are met, at the Learner's site. 
Learners' time commitment
 
A Learner’s approximate time commitment over the 27 weeks of the course is estimated to be:
 
  • Induction: 2 hours
  • Six Learning Cycles, each taking four weeks, and including Live Classes: 102.5 hours
  • Portfolio Submission 2.5 hours
  • Final Assessment: 3 hours
Approximate Total: 110 hours / 15 days over 27 weeks or 4 hours per week

Expectations of Mentors


The Mentor’s approximate time commitment is estimated to be 6-7 hours. More details on the MIPC mentor role are here.

Certification
 

The EEMUA Mechanical Integrity Practitioner Certificate is valid for five years. EEMUA will provide a pathway for recertification at five and ten years after passing the initial course. 

Positioning

MIPC fits together with EEMUA's other mechanical integrity training as follows:
   If you have any queries, please contact EEMUA at online-learning@eemua.org or telephone: +44 (0)20 7488 0801.
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