Requirements for CAP®

Process safety addresses the reduction in the risk from catastrophic accidents posed by facilities that handle hazardous materials.  Audits of process safety and risk management programs provide critical assurance that such programs have been designed and implemented correctly. Consequently, it is essential that individuals who perform such audits meet a standard for competence.

This certification is intended for a process safety professional who is ready to take the role of a process safety auditor.  A Practitioner has a minimum of one year of relevant experience.  This level of certification indicates that the professional has the knowledge and understanding to conduct process safety audits competently.

Primacert expects that a Certified Audit Practitioner using the designation CAP® can demonstrate competency by meeting the following requirements:


Academic Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited university or college in a relevant technical discipline.  At a minimum, degree includes three years relevant, full-time tertiary education.
  • If you do not meet these requirements, you may contact Primacert to inquire about alternative qualifications.


  • A minimum of one year of recent and relevant work experience.


  • Successful completion within the last three years of a training course designed to teach participants how to audit process safety management systems, such as Primatech's Auditing Process Safety Management Programs, and a training course designed to teach participants the basic process safety elements, such as Primatech's Designing and Implementing an OSHA / EPA Process Safety Program, are required.


  • Two references from supervisor / manager / peer who can attest to academic qualifications, work experience, professional ethics, and responsibility for work products.


  • Successful completion of the Primacert examination for CAP®.
  • For a list of examination topics, see Audit Exam Topics.


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