This e-learning is positioned at the awareness/introductory level and is an optional precursor to working through EEMUA Publication 232 – Specifying, procuring and managing third party inspection services. The content is also relevant to users who draw on other EEMUA publications such as: EEMUA 231 The mechanical integrity of plant containing hazardous substances - a guide to periodic examination and testing; EEMUA 159 Above ground flat bottomed storage tanks - a guide to inspection, maintenance and repair; and EEMUA 183 Prevention of tank bottom leakage. On completion of the desktop version, immediate certification is provided for the registered user that launched or purchased the course. 

The content of this course has been approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), a Professional Engineering Institution licensed by the Engineering Council in the UK. Completing this e-learning module, including the test at the end, is equivalent to 30 minutes of CPD.

The course covers:

  • Types of inspection body. 

  • Third party inspection process. 

  • Policy.

  • Organisation. 

  • Asset register.

  • Risk assessment. 

  • Define the scope of examination. 

  • Scheduling. 

  • Examination of assets. 

  • Integrity assessment. 

  • Response to findings. 

  • Record keeping. 

  • Changes and modifications. 

  • Ongoing improvement. 

  • Feedback. 

  • Performance monitoring. 

  • Audit.  

  • Using a code of conduct.

The module will benefit anyone with an interest in third party inspections and is especially relevant to chief engineers, engineers involved in the maintenance of in-house engineering standards, engineering consultants, engineering managers, graduate engineers, group technical authorities, plant operations managers, and process safety managers.

The principles covered in this e-learning module can be applied to third party inspections for many types of process plant. However, organisations who commission and provide third party inspections for processes involving hazardous substances and pressure equipment and systems (with an associated need to ensure primary containment) will find its detailed content particularly useful. The principles equally apply to organisations with second party inspection bodies and for defining internal 'rules of engagement' in place of contractual relationships. It may also be of interest to related organisations such as engineering contractors and regulatory agencies.

Either completing (but not passing) or passing this e-learning course has no bearing on entry into the EEMUA 231 Mechanical Integrity Basics blended online training course, but you may choose to take this as a natural progression and is recommended. See the EEMUA Calendar for more details and the next available course.

This 30-minute e-learning course is best viewed on a desktop computer that uses the latest version of one of the main web browsers and has a reliable broadband internet connection. A mobile app version for EEMUA Corporate Members, which provides both online and offline options for taking the course, is available for Android and iOS devices. Access details are provided by email on registration for the course.

Note: If you need to save or print your e-learning certificate, please remember to do this whilst you are in the course after the test.  

To take the e-learning training course:

EEMUA Corporate Members - please log-in, click on ‘Register’ and once authenticated click on ‘Launch’ to begin the course.

EEMUA Associates receive a 50% discount on e-learning. Please click on ‘Add to basket' and purchase via the EEMUA shop. Access to the module will remain open for 91 days after payment has been received.

Non-Members - please click on ‘Add to basket' and purchase via the EEMUA shop. Access to the module will remain open for 91 days after payment has been received.

Group bookings for EEMUA's e-learning training courses are possible at discounted rates. Please email us your requirements (including the number of learners and specific courses to be accessed) to and we will provide you with a quote.

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