You can choose to embrace it or ignore it. You can choose to pretend it does not apply to you. But the one thing you likely will not be able to do is work as a pipeline inspector without it after 2018. What is it you ask? It is the American Petroleum Institute Pipeline Inspector Certification; better known as the API 1169. Possibly a thorn in the side for many inspectors but for the industry it is a sure step forward in the right direction; joining the other sectors of oil & gas.
API 1169 - Pipeline Industry Aggressively Moves Forward