Exam preparation guidelines - codes & standards
reading codes and standards
Codes, standards and referenced publications are collective body of knowledge which grows continuously and are updated regularly by a governing committee for that standard. these committees meet regularly to take stock of he developments and field learning and periodically update and publish current versions for use by industry professionals and members. Codes and standards are regularly read by users, owners, engineers and others to clarify compliance and to understand requirements for compliance and use. codes , standards and referenced publications are also read for certification examinations by professionals in that particular industry. this is the first article giving general guidelines for reading a code or a standard or an referenced publication for exam preparation purpose. the codes & standards are copy righted materials and are to be purchased from authorized sources, examples: API / ASME codes can be purchased from authorized distributors as listed in their respective websites. the code or standard is adopted as regulation by many governments and are binding on the users and industry professionals for compliance at the jurisdictions. the code / standard speaks legal language and are to be read carefully to understand application and use. in case of any clarifications about the interpretation of the meaning of the code or standard only the authorized code or standard governing body can give a commentary on the meaning and interpretation. these are voluntarily adopted from collective knowledge of industry over the years of actual practice and following them generally results in good management of the asset and the systems. when you read codes & standards, one must spend sometime at the scope section to understand the applicability and to know where the code or standard can be applied and where it should not be used. i always recommend to initially read the code or standard like s story to know broadly what it talks about and to get familiar with the organization and chapters. for the exam point of view, it is better to read the applicable codes 5 times , after the first read like a story the second reading must be chapter or section wise to know the finer details, try to relate to the work and your experience while reading the code. read slowly to assimilate knowledge and reflect to think and give sufficient breaks to develop understanding rather than memorizing. this way you enjoy reading a code book, learn new concepts and gain knowledge about industry standards and practices. this will help you to qualify in the exams and also function effectively in the profession thereafter.