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API CERTIFIED PREPARATORY COURSES

The AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE commonly referred to as API. This program aims the individuals who would like to build up a career Oil and Natural Gas Industry. This is an international Certification provided in various areas like Piping Inspection, Pressure Vessel Inspection and Storage Tank Inspection.

  • API 510 (Pressure Vessel Inspector)
  • API 570 (Piping Inspector)
  • API 653 (Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector)
  • API 579 (Fitness For Services)
  • API 936 (Refractory)
  • API 576 (Inspection Of Pressure Relieving Devices)
  • API 577 (Supplemental Certification – Welding & Metallurgy)
  • API 580 (Supplemental Certification – Risk Based Inspection)
  • API 571 (Supplemental Certification – Corrosion & Materials)
  • Source Inspection

API 510 (Pressure Vessel Inspector)

This training program covers “Pressure Vessel—Maintenance Inspection, Rating, Repair and Alternation” and prepares students for the API 510 exam. The course is an intensive one-week course with a special emphasis on the use of the related codes and calculations.

Whom Should Attend the Course?

Personnel involved in Pressure Vessels, interacting with Inspectors, Quality Managers, Plant Engineer, Supervisors and other interested persons. Individuals responsible for evaluating the mechanical integrity of in-service pressure vessels in process plant applications and Managers responsible for implementing a pressure vessel maintenance program and desire an understanding of applicable evaluation procedures. This class is also designed for pressure equipment inspectors and engineers working in refineries, chemical & industrial plants, gas plants, pipeline terminals, and oil fields.

Pressure Vessel Inspector

Required Codes For Exam (ASME B&PV Codes)

  • Section V Non-Destructive Examination
  • Section VIII Construction of Pressure Vessels
  • Section IX Welding Qualifications

Required Codes For Exam (API Codes:)

  • API 510 Pressure Vessel Code
  • API 571 Damage Mechanisms in the Refinery Industry
  • API 572 Inspection of Pressure Vessels
  • API 576 Inspection of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • API 577 Welding Inspection & Metallurgy

Courses Objective

This training course designed to train individuals who are interested in obtaining the API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification, as well as those who are seeking a better understanding of API 510 Standards, ASME Section VIII and IX code requirements. The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • Successfully pass to API 510 pressure vessel inspector certification exam.
  • Effectively use major codes: ASME B&PV Sections V, VIII, & IX.
  • Perform all basic vessel calculations needed for the API exam (e.g. thin, test pressure, MAWP, static head, MDMT, corrosion rates, remaining life, etc.)
  • Use API's requirements during inspection, repairs, and alterations of pressure vessels.
  • Review welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and welder performance qualifications (WPQ).
Piping Inspector

API 570 (Piping Inspector)

This training program covers “In-Service Piping Systems” and prepares students for the API 570 exam. The course is an intensive one-week course with a special emphasis on the use of the related codes and calculations. This course content includes: Using B31.3 API 570 Piping Calculations, B16.5 & other Section IX Welding Exam

Whom Should Attend the Course?

Personnel involved in Piping Systems, interacting with Inspectors, Quality Managers, Plant Engineer, Supervisors and other interested persons. Individuals responsible for evaluating the mechanical integrity of in-service Piping systems in process plant applications and Managers responsible for implementing a piping maintenance program and desire an understanding of applicable evaluation procedures. This class is also designed for Personnel involved in interacting with Inspectors, Managers, Supervisors, Maintenance, Operations in Oil field and those taking the API 570 exams.

Required Codes For Exam

  • API Standard 570, Piping Inspection Codes
  • API 571, Damage Mechanism
  • API 574, Inspection Practices for Piping System Components
  • API 577, Welding Inspection & Metallurgy
  • API 578, Material Verification

Required Codes For Exam (ASME B& PV codes:)

  • Section V, NDT
  • Section IX, Welding & Brazing

ASME Codes – B16.5, Pipe Flanges & Flanged fittings & B31.3,Process piping

Courses Objective

This course is designed to prepare the student for the API 570 Piping Inspector Examination. This course includes instruction in the required codes & standards. The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • Successfully pass the API 570 piping inspector certification exam
  • Effectively use major codes: ASME B16.5 & B31.3;
  • ASME B&PV Sections V & IX, Perform all basic piping calculations needed for the API exam (e.g. tmin, test pressure, MAWP, MDMT, corrosion rates, remaining life, etc.)
  • Use API's requirements during inspection, repairs, and alterations of piping
  • Review welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and welder performance qualifications (WPQ)

API 571 (Supplemental Certification - Corrosion & Materials)

TThe main goal of this training program is to provide documented evidence of advanced (above the basic core API 510, 570, & 653 examinations) knowledge and expertise in the area of Corrosion and Materials based on the information contained in API RP 571.

An API Supplemental Inspection Certification is defined as “Documentation that indicates that minimum requirements have been met for additional qualification in the designated area of expertise”. This would include an API issued letter, certificate, and a wallet card.


Minimum Requirements

  • Current certification as either API 510, 570, or 653 inspector.
  • Successful completion of the supplemental inspection certification examination by at least 70%, based on fixed pass point.

Guiding Principles

  • Examination tests the applicants for a higher level of technical knowledge and expertise in the subject matter, but not test that they have engineering level competencies.
  • Examination questions are straightforward and relevant
  • Examination materials are developed and reviewed by Corrosion & Materials subject matter experts to ensure validity and relevance of the examination questions.
Corrosion & Materials

Effectivity

Questions become effective when the applicable API documents (namely API RP 571 – any new issue, addenda or rewrite) have been in use for 12 months since issue date.


Renewal of Supplemental Inspection Certification

Certificate renewal is required 3 years from the date of issuance of the applicable API Supplemental inspection Certification. The intent, at this time, is not to require retesting.


Body of Knowledge

The entire RP 571 with the exception of the following sections: 1.1, 3.1, 4.1, 5.2.

Welding & Metallurgy

API 577 (Supplemental Certification - Welding & Metallurgy)

This program covers the area “Welding and Metallurgy” and helps the students to prepare for the API 577 exam. The course is an intensive 3 days course which gives knowledge about Welding processes, Welding procedures, Base Metals and consumables, Nondestructive examination, Welding metallurgy and Refinery and petrochemical plant welding issues.

Whom Should Attend the Course?

This program is highlighted for welding Engineers, Mechanical Supervisors, Foreman, Shop Inspectors, QA/ QC personnel and inspection agencies including the Third Party Inspection agencies. Welders, welding supervisors, inspectors and NDE examiners who are seeking an understanding of welding technology and welding inspection will find the course useful. It will help the API 577 Certification exam candidates to score very well.

Required Codes For Exam (ASME B&PV Codes:)

  • Section V Non-Destructive Examination
  • Section VIII Construction of Pressure Vessels & Section IX Welding Qualifications

Required Codes For Exam (API Codes:)

  • API 510 Pressure Vessel Code
  • API 571 Damage Mechanisms in the Refinery Industry
  • API 572 Inspection of Pressure Vessels
  • API 576 Inspection of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • API 577 Welding Inspection & Metallurgy

Courses Objective

This training course designed to train individuals who are interested in obtaining the API 577 Supplemental Inspection Certification Program: Advanced Knowledge of Welding and Metallurgy, as well as those who are seeking a better understanding of API 577 Standards, ASNT Level III in RT, UT, PT, MT requirements. The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • To know various Welding processes and their merits and limitations.
  • To get the overview of Welding procedures and review if WPS/PQR
  • To understand the method of Filler Metal Selection
  • To Know the common Non-destructive examinations and their application & To understand the basic Welding metallurgy
  • To study the Effects of Preheating Post-weld Heat Treatment, Hardening of HAZ
  • To understand Weldability of Steels
  • To understand the Carbon Equivalent Formula and its practical use
  • To know the welding issues specific to Refinery and petrochemical

API 580 (Supplemental Certification-Risk Based Inspection)

This training course is designed to train individuals to understand the reasons for and benefits of implementing RBI. This course will impart knowledge to the participant so that one can effectively plan successful RBI projects and prepare risk-based inspection plans and optimize maintenance and inspection intervals.

Course Description

The course is based on API RP 580 Risk-Based Inspection and API Publication 581, Base Resource Document. The course first explains feasible means and alternatives for achieving a successful RBI program without undue complications. This course deals with RBI framework and methodology in a simple straight forward manner to establish and implement a risk-based inspection program best suited for the company objectives. Its utility is based on the premise that a few vital equipment’s in a process plant contribute a majority of the risk. Consequently, if these few equipment’s can be identified, then testing and inspection can be focused on them rather than several low-risk items.

RBI helps to prioritize their equipment for inspection, optimize inspection methods and frequencies, and develop effective inspection plan commensurate with the risk contribution and equipment condition the course is focused on methodology of actual implementation of RBI in Oil and Gas industry. It covers advanced knowledge of RBI implementation in addition to the knowledge required for passing the Certification Examination. The candidates should possess at least one certification out of API 510, API 570 or API 653 certifications.

Risk Based Inspection

Whom Should Attend the Course

  • Inspection Engineers, Mechanical Engineers,
  • Quality Control and Technical Supervisory personnel
  • Managers who are planning or implementing Risk Based Inspection System.
  • Refining and petrochemical engineers and inspectors.
  • Plant personnel from the pulp and paper, oil and natural gas, and chemical industries may also find the course beneficial.
  • A working knowledge of basic equipment is recommended.
Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector

API 653 (Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector)

This program structure is designed for the candidates who wantsto become an API 653 Authorized Inspector. This class will help you to prepare for the API 653 exam. In addition you will gain additional skills and knowledge that are important for your success on the job in Above Ground Storage. This is also an Preparatory Course for API – 653 exam appearing candidates.

Whom Should Attend the Course?

Personnel involved in Above Ground Storage Tank Inspections, interacting with Inspectors, Quality Managers, Plant Engineer, Supervisors and other interested persons. Individuals responsible for evaluating the mechanical integrity of in-service and the Managers responsible for implementing Above Ground Storage Tank Inspections maintenance program and desire an understanding of applicable evaluation procedures. This class is also designed for Engineers, supervisors, managers and personnel who are interested in API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Certification examination.

Course Overview

This course gives a broad knowledge to prepare for the API 653 exam. You will gain additional skills and knowledge that are important in

  • Using API 650 & API 653
  • Performing Tank Calculation
  • Reviewing WPS' & WPQ's per ASME Sect IX
  • Using other miscellaneous Tank Codes
  • Practice Exam similar to the API 653 Exam

Courses Objective

The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • Successfully pass the API 653 storage tank inspector certification exam
  • Effectively use major codes, API 650 and ASME B&PV sections V & IX
  • Perform all tank calculations needed for the API exam
  • Use API's requirements during inspection, repairs, and alterations of tanks
  • Review welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and welder performance qualifications (WPQ)
Refractory

API 936 (Refractory)

Scope of the Program

Refractory Personnel Certification Program covers the API Recommended Practice 936, Refractory Installation Quality Control Guidelines. API Recommended Practice 936 provides guidelines for the installation quality control of monolithic refractory linings and may be used to supplement owner specifications. The document includes material, equipment and personnel qualification requirements along with procedures and responsibilities for quality control inspection personnel. Refractory quality is closely monitored based on the document’s defined procedures and acceptance criteria.

The purpose of the program is to provide third party certification of refractory inspection personnel by examination. The certification examination covers, at a minimum, the following criteria defined by API Recommended Practice 936, “Refractory Installation Quality Control Guidelines – Inspection and Testing Monolithic Refractory Linings and Materials”:

  • Quality Control
  • Physical Property Requirements
  • Inspection
  • Documentation
  • Material Qualification Testing
  • Applicator Qualification Testing
  • Installation
  • As-Installed Testing
  • Test Specimen Preparation
  • Test Procedures
  • Post Installation

Benefits for the Industry

A PI Refractory Personnel Certification Program provides the industry with a means for central, independent, unbiased and legally defensible certification and ensures that refractory personnel demonstrate competence in content areas that are relevant to their practices. This program raises the bar of competence for qualified personnel and provides a peaceofmind to the industry that the certified individual has demonstrated knowledge of the relevant content of refractory installation and inspection. As other API certification programs do, Refractory Personnel Certification provides industry with a prequalified set of individuals prepared for the job and readily identifies those who are qualified to do the job. Additionally, this program reduces the need for users to perform timely and costly prequalification evaluations.


Benefits for the Personnel

For the refractory personnel, third party certification provides a method to demonstrate knowledge and experience with refractories and refractory inspection to employers and clients. By participating in API’s 936 Personnel Certification Program, inspectors and other professionals serving the petroleum, petrochemical, and chemical industries are readily able to provide evidence of proper qualification. Certification provides personnel with industrydirected and industryaccepted professional credentials. Initial certification and recertification affords them with a means to improve their skills and strengthen their overall job performance.

Examination Information

  • The examination is administered by the Professional Examination Service (PES) and takes approximately four hours to complete. There are 75 multiplechoice questions at this examination. For more information on examination content please see the Body of Knowledge.
  • You may not bring any reference materials, codebooks, or any other printed or written material to the examination.
  • If you pass the examination and all sections of your application are complete, you will be certified and receive a wallet card and certificate approximately 10 weeks after the exam date.
  • If you fail the examination on your first attempt, you may retake it. You must notify API in writing before the deadline for the next scheduled exam if it is your intention to register for that exam. A reschedule fee of $150.00 applies.
  • Test results will be mailed to you approximately 8 weeks after you have taken the exam. Please DO NOT call API or PES for test results; these results WILL NOT be given over the telephone.
  • What to Bring to the Exam
  • No. 2 pencils;
  • A nonprogrammable calculator (a calculator with only simple functions);
  • Your test site confirmation letter (admission ticket);
  • A government issued picture ID (i.e. driver's license or passport).
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