NAAPI-PACP FAQs

Q: I am due for NAAPI re-certification. Does NASSCO provide this?

A: NASSCO does not provide NAAPI recertification, but we do recertify in PACP. NASSCO also provides a FREE QA/QC program for monitoring the accuracy of defect coding using the PACP.


Q: I need NAAPI certification. Can NASSCO do this?

A:NASSCO does not provide NAAPI certification. We do provide PACP certification.


Q: I don't know the differences between NAAPI and NASSCO's PACP?

A: NAAPI certification is based on the WRc MSCC-3 or MSCC-4. The PACP is the basis for the MSCC-4 and includes a standardized database and data dictionary that allows for the use of any of the NASSCO PACP certified software vendors. The ability to transparently use multiple PACP software vendors has been one of the keys in it having become the national standard in the U.S.  Click here  for a spreadsheet that shows the differences.


Q: How can I retain the NAAPI data I have collected if I convert to PACP?

A: Many US utilities faced the same problem. Some converted the data to PACP format by re-coding the surveys from the video. Others decided to maintain two separate data sets much as they did when converting form VHS tapes to digital movies. They simply started using PACP for new projects. In most cases, they had already imported the NAAPI surveys into their asset management programs. Since many asset management companies including Hansen/Infor, Cityworks, and GBA Master Series all have included PACP modes for their users it is easy to also import the PACP format into the programs.

 

Q: Do you have classes scheduled in Canada? If so, where? What is the cost?

A: NASSCO has PACP certified Trainers within several Provinces who are available to arrange for PACP training at convenient times and locations. Please search for a class or search for a trainer in your area. The cost of training may vary based on location and travel considerations. Typically, the cost to retrain someone who has previous NAAPI certification is U.S. $500.00 for a one day class. Typically, someone being trained without prior NAAPI certification is U.S. $750.00 for a two day class.

 

Q: Will I need PACP re-certification?

A: Yes, PACP certification is valid for 3 years from the date of issuance. The PACP Recertification program was launched in August 2011, so to allow ample time for the new program to solidify, those certified in August 2009 or before expire August 31, 2012.
 

Q: Why did NASSCO force NAAPI out of business?

A: NAAPI determined that in the event of legal action by NASSCO and/or WRc they would likely be found to be in violation of duly registered copyrights.


Q: Some in Canada use MSCC-3 and some MSCC-4. What are differences?

A: Click here to view the spreadsheet that shows the differences in codes. It is important to understand that the code modifiers are always in drop down menu form and are not at all intimidating to those who have been PACP trained and certified.
 

Q:How different are the PACP codes from WRc?

A: Click here to download a spreadsheet, which compares PACP and WRc coding.
 

Q: How does PACP work with my Asset Management software?

A: Many US utilities faced the same problem. Some converted the data to PACP format by re-coding the surveys from the video. Others decided to maintain two separate data sets much as they did when converting form VHS tapes to digital movies. They simply started using PACP for new projects. In most cases, they had already imported the NAAPI surveys into their asset management programs. Since many asset management companies including Hansen/Infor, Cityworks, and GBA Master Series all have included PACP modes for their users it is easy to also import the PACP format into the programs.


Q: What is the cost to convert data?

A: The cost depends on many variables of course, but if the current data is standardized and all of the current data is in the same format or database the least cost will be incurred. Once the differences between the existing data and the PACP data is "mapped", the conversion should only be required once. Mapping of data means data from each field in the existing database is matched with the PACP database. Also all valid data values are identified. The process can be tedious but in database terms it is routine.


Q: Is there a software program we can buy to do the conversion?

A: Software probably only exists if the current database is in a standard form. If the current data is in a standard form supported by one or more CCTV software vendors, the current data can be imported into the CCTV software, then exported into the PACP format.