Introduction to Pipeline Pressure Testing

Introduction to Pipeline Pressure Testing

October 16, 2023 | Online :: Central Time

“This course provided a lot of useful information on when, why, and how to perform different types of pressure tests. It was a good introduction, but also provided useful information for experienced people.” – NiSource

Any company that operates pipelines transporting various commodities needs to be well versed in the procedures for pressure testing in order to ensure pipeline integrity and the interruption-free movement of their contents.

This course will provide insight to the testing process, whether using air, gas or a liquid, and how these tests measure the strength of the line and identify leaks.

Attendees of this introductory course will learn:

  • Basic testing methodology including mechanical concepts
  • How test results are evaluated for validity
  • How environmental factors can affect testing validity
  • Safety procedures and proper documentation of test elements

Our expert instructor has over 45 years of experience in the pipeline industry and will be sharing his knowledge over this one-day course so register soon!

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the basic testing process and discuss the difference between pneumatic and hydrostatic tests
  • Run through the distinct phases of a test procedure
  • Acknowledge the environmental effects on a test
  • Evaluate how to normalize the test results
  • Describe the process to prepare the piping to be placed into service
  • Discuss documentation of test results


Monday, October 16, 2023 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing


    • Welcome
    • Student introduction
    • Class agenda
    • Training objectives

Basic Pressure Testing Principles

    • Why
    • How often
    • Standards
    • Basic procedure

Pneumatic vs. Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

  • Pneumatic testing considerations
  • Hydraulic testing considerations

Hydrostatic Testing

  • Understand environmental effects

Testing Phases

  • Prepare line to be tested
  • Fill line with test medium
  • Connect test measurement equipment
  • Stabilize test facility
  • Pressure up line
  • Hold test pressure
  • Correct test discontinuities
  • Depressurize line
  • Clean line if required

Analyze Test Results

  • Temperature and pressure effect on test medium
  • Temperature and pressure effect on pipe
  • Normalize any environmental effects

Prepare Line to be Placed into Service

  • Remove residual liquid from line
  • Clean interior surface of line

Recordkeeping and Documentation


Thomas Lael, Formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years. He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s [T&Q]).  More recently, Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer and Operator Qualifications Administrator. He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent 10 years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001, and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations. Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires.

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: After November 30 you will not be able to join a Teams meeting using Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft recommends downloading and installing the Teams app if possible. You may also use the Edge browser or Chrome.
  • You will receive a separate email with a unique link to a personalized landing page which will include links to join all sessions of this event.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all attendees for 7 days after the event


Introduction to Pipeline Pressure Testing

October 16, 2023 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before September 15, 2023 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




EUCI is accredited by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard. IACET is recognized internationally as a standard development organization and accrediting body that promotes quality of continuing education and training.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, real-world examples, and active participation.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

CpeEUCI is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site:


Who Should Attend

The course is geared towards those who have a natural gas and/or petroleum pipe system as part of their operation and those involved in pipeline safety and pipeline integrity matters.  

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. more information

By clicking Accept or closing this message, you consent to our cookies on this device in accordance with our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them. We use cookies during the registration process and to remember member settings.