FAQs

Here is a list of questions we are frequently asked at The Academy of Joint Integrity.
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Latest ECITB/Step Change in Safety competence guidance document gives you clear course recommendations for any person working on flange bolt connections on offshore platforms. Please click here to download the brochure >
If you wish to follow a structured competency based course, we are able to offer ECITB Mechanical Joint Integrity accredited courses.
We are also accredited to provide a wide range of Energy Institute courses. These include similar modules as ECITB however are enhanced with additional courses such as Gasket Identification and Flange Management for the Engineer.
We are happy to discuss prices with you after we have discussed and assessed your exact training requirements. Please send an enquiry, via the contact us page.
Regular classes are run in Aberdeen, Teesside, Yorkshire and Humberside, however we also conduct many on-site courses to suit clients needs. We have various overseas training centres, please contact us for further information.
We have regular training schedules which are populated to suit demand, please contact us for further information
YES – Mechanical Joint Integrity route to competence guidance for ECITB courses, for new workers who have no experience in working with mechanical joints they must start at stage 1 of the training, and progress through stages 2, 3 and 4 over time. Existing workers may go straight to stage 3, if their company can endorse that the worker has previously attended a training course in bolting and has recent experience in that subject area. Some existing workers may require refresher training on the knowledge aspects and CBT modules will be available that are aligned with ECITB technical training standards. please contact us for further information.
YES – We offer a free site survey to assess your training needs and we can then develop a bespoke training package for you. Please contact us for further information.
As part of our ECITB route to competence accreditation we have access to e-learning portals. Please contact us for further information.
All persons that are involved in the task of opening, assembling and tightening of bolted connections should have attended a structured and documented training course, conducted by an approved training provider. Please contact us for further information.
The best candidates suited to assembling and tightening bolted connections are mechanically minded, such as mechanical fitters and pipe fitters, who tend to have a basic working knowledge of the principles and practice of piping/flanged systems. Review of candidates CV would be required by ECITB. Please contact us for further information.
There is no mandatory requirement for training attendance. Both Energy Institute and ECITB training courses are recognised as industry best practice. These courses are the first step to competence.
Energy Institute awards an attendance certificate where ECITB have a new route to competence reference stage 1 to stage 4. Please contact us for further information.
Employer compliance to legislation is a responsible attitude.
Course duration depends on required Accreditation to suit site and individual needs. Courses range from a half day to 3 days, depending on scope.
It is important to recognize the latest guidelines and standards relevant to Flange Assembly Training and Certification.
• CEN1591/4 – Europe
• Engineering Construction Industry Training Board – ECITB Critical Bolting Units – UK and International
• ASME PCC-1 – ASME Bolted Joint Assembler – Appendix A – International
• Energy Institute Guidelines for the management of the integrity of bolted joint for pressurised systems – UK
• Engineering Construction Industry Training Board
• ECITB Critical Bolting Units
• ASME PCC-1
• ASME Bolted Joint Assembler – Appendix A
• Energy Institute Guidelines for the management of the integrity of bolted joint for pressurised systems.
Note: Training Instructor experience remains critical to successful delivery of all courses, as the Instructor has to have technical and practical site experience.
• CEN/TS 1591 Part 4
Various standards have different options, from 3 years to 5 years.
Various training rigs are available, small portable units for on-site training. The Academy also has an industry first training rig called the FADU – Flange Assembly Demonstration Unit – used as assessment rig, with built in load cells.
Information on course content is available on this website. For further information, please contact us
Prices depend on the course content and the number of attendees. Please contact us today and we can discuss your requirements further.
Please contact our Technical Training Manager or Training Co-ordinator via the contact us page and they will be only too pleased to discuss and quote for any training requirement. Site visits to review site needs are free of charge, as it remains essential the training is fit for purpose.