SPED Announces Plans for New Course on Piping Design Quality Assurance

Course is Preparation for PPD Level II Certification


SPED has announced plans for a course on Piping Design Quality Assurance. The new course will prepare pipers to take the Profession Piping Design (PPD) Certification Exam for Level II. The course will be developed under the direction of the SPED PPD Advisory Committee (PPDAC) with review and input from SPED individual and Corporate Members. The course will be offered online with the video segments available for license.



“This PPD Level II course will fill an important gap in our training program,” said William G. Beazley, SPED Executive Director. “Our industry-standard PPD Level I and III course are widely used but Level II will now be addressed.” SPED’s Piper Bootcamp and Process Plant Layout courses address Levels I and III, respectively.


PPD Level II, Piping Design Quality Assurance, is considered a critical area of today’s piping layout work practices.  It addresses checking various design documents for errors of content and consistency, as well as adherence to multiple codes and standards.  Process Flow Sheets, Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, Equipment/Valve Data Sheets, Piping Layouts and Fabrication ISO’s are among the documents reviewed for errors.  Pipers will be expected to understand the data shown on each document and check for consistency between them.


In addition, there are additional topics addressed on field data collection and specialty piping systems. These topics, along with the QA checking are required by SPED’s Recommended Practice RP-0001, which governs the SPED PPD Certification Program.


About SPED


Since 1980, SPED has focused exclusively on the needs of Piping Engineers and Designers, by:


  1. Promotion of Piping Design as a Profession through Website Articles, Public Outreach and Chapter Activities.

  2. Administration of the Professional Piping Designer Certification Program.  

  3. Training to increase Employability and Achieve PPD Certification.



March Update:  Progress in the PPD Level II Course on Piping Assurance


The first public presentations of the new PPD Level II Course on Piping Assurance were conducted in Louisville, KY in February. The presentations were sponsored by C&I Engineering and the SPED Louisville Chapter.  The Course is being developed by the PPD Advisory Committee with the initiative Chaired by Past SPED President, Ron Waldon, PPD IV.


Currently the course has 24 presentations divided into 5 Parts:


Part I – Global Considerations

Part II – Process Control and Equipment Design

Part III – Piping Routing Document Studies

Part IV – Field Work

Part V – Specialty Piping Systems


Six presentations were selected for the two-day lunch and learn:


Layout Check Management

Piping Fabrication Isometrics Assurance

General Arrangement Assurance

Pipe Routing and Assurance

Pipe Model Cross Check

Pipe Specification Use and Assurance


All six presentation were from Part III – Piping Routing Document Studies


C&I is one of the Corporate Members who volunteered as a reviewer of the course.  The C&I review is overseen by Nathan Mayberry, P.E.

Chief Plant Design Engineer. The PPDAC is conducting the review under a set of guidelines approved by the SPED Board.


The presentations were made by William G. Beazley, SPED Executive Director, who prepared the first draft.  “This course focuses on the checking processes used in todays’ model-based piping design,” said Dr. Beazley. “It emphasizes the importance of thorough checking of Design Data, such as piping specs and Sub-Models, such as Equipment Models.  It also recognizes the key role of field data and P&IDs play in piping layout.”


Early reviews introduced ideas from several existing checklists for P&IDs, Piping Layouts, and Isometrics.  “Checklists will remain an essential tool for reminding pipers of the vast array of details to check,” said PPDAC Review Chairman Ron Waldon. “It lets pipers find and correct errors long before their designs are submitted for review.”


The draft course is now headed for a fast track review by the PPDAC.  PPDAC Members (exclusively PPD IV pipers) are being contacted now for their interest in course topics.  For more information, contact: Ron Waldon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.