NASSCO PACP MACP LACP TRAINING
Bravo Environmental NW is a proud partner of NASSCO (the National Association of Sewer Service Companies). We offer training, certification, and recertification classes for PACP, MACP, and LACP (Pipe Assessment Certification Program, Manhole Assessment Certification Program, and Lateral Assessment Certification Program).
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The Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) is a highly-acclaimed set of standards and has been widely used throughout North America since 2002. PACP utilitizes four “families” or groups of codes to describe features, defects and conditions in underground pipes. The four groups of observations are:
Structural Defects: such as cracks, fractures, or broken sections of pipe.
Operation & Maintenance (O & M) Defects: such as grease and debris deposits, or root infiltration.
Construction Features: such as pipe material changes, access points, or the location and type of tap (service) connections.
Miscellaneous Observations: such as special conditions of the survey (camera underwater) or the pipe’s water level(s).
Why Use PACP?
Since the 1980s and 90s, CCTV and digital scanning cameras have been widely used to inspect the condition of underground pipes. Applying PACP observations to identify defects and conditions in the pipe not only renders a detailed report following industry standards of quality and objectivity, but also enables a numerical Condition Rating (0 through 5) for each pipe segment surveyed, allowing those in asset management and engineering to quickly prioritize maintenance, cleaning, and rehabilitation projects, as well as long-term capital improvement strategies. A PACP Quick Score is also available, which describes how many of each kind of defect (and its severity) was identified during the survey – allowing for more detail and context than just the Condition Rating, while still providing simplicity and efficiency. In other words, PACP, unlike many other standards for pipe condition reporting, uses numerical scoring on the back-end to give each observation an impartial value, used to produce an overral rating.
How Do I Get My PACP Certification?
Bravo Environmental NW regularly holds PACP certification courses. PACP certification is a 2-day (16-18 hours total) class where the NASSCO material is presented alongside example photos and video from pipe inspection data showing conditions and defects in sewers. The class includes discussions about the factors which cause pipes to deteriorate, a history of underground construction and maintenance, how best to calibrate, set up, and operate a sewer inspection camera, as well as review of all the NASSCO material, plus some informal quizzes on the major sections. This is followed by a final test on the second day. An 85% score or better earns a PACP certification, which is good for 3 years.
What are MACP and LACP?
MACP stands for Manhole Assessment Certification Program, and LACP stands for Lateral Assessment Certification Program. They are both extensions of PACP certification, and are offered as add-ons to those who also hold PACPcertification (PACP is a pre-requisite for manholes and laterals). Typically MACP & LACP certifications are held in a single day, and can be included as the third day of a PACP training course.
Manhole Assessment Certification Program
NASSCO has developed a program for reporting defects and features of manholes which adheres to the basic PACPformat, while taking into account that manholes typically are more complex structures than pipes, and includes two separate protocols for manhole inspection, depending on the needs of the utility owner. The Level 1 inspection is a basic condition assessment of the manhole (which does not require confined space entry or remote equipment), while the Level 2 inspection fully documents features, dimensions, and defects throughout the manhole, and generally requires remote equipment and/or entry into the manhole.
Lateral Assessment Certification Program
Once PACP spread in use and popularity, it became clear it would be simple, and beneficial, to apply PACP (mainline pipe assessment) to sewer laterals (also called side sewers). The LACP content addresses some of the key differences between laterals and mainline pipes (primarily the different lateral fittings and access methods), but very closely follows PACP, and retains nearly all of the PACP observation codes. The LACP enables asset owners to address the condition and maintenance of the sewer lateral, in addition to mainline pipes and manholes.