Direct Assessment

Pipeline Direct Assessment

Direct Assessment (DA)

The Direct Assessment course concentrates on internal, external, and stress corrosion cracking direct assessment, along with pre- and post-assessment, quality assurance, data analysis and integration, and remediation and mitigation activities. The course will also cover the benefits and limitations of Direct Assessment, its relationship to an overall integrity assessment program and industry standards, regulations, and best practices.

The course is presented in a format of lecture, discussion, and group exercises.

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Who should attend

Individuals responsible for implementation and/or management of an integrity program for a pipeline system with an emphasis on integrity verif ication and maintenance optimization.

Learning objectives

  • Describe DA and the relationship to an overall pipeline corrosion integrity management program
  • Recognize the benefits and limitations of DA
  • Recall standards related to DA
  • Differentiate DA from other pipeline integrity methods
  • Perform quality assurance
  • Establish corrosion rates
  • Explain responsibilities of the operator and/or service provider
  • Categorize the DA Phases:
    • Pre-assessment
    • Indirect inspections
    • Direct examinations
    • Post-assessment
  • Recognize the different types of DA:
    • External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA)
    • Internal Corrosion Direct Assessment (ICDA)
    • Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA)
    • Confirmatory Direct Assessment (DA)



There are no required prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks.

Certification Requirements

Visit NACE International Institute for individual certification requirements. Requirements are specific to each certification and may include a combination of exams, application, course completion, work experience and proof of educational achievements. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the NACE International ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

4 Day Course

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