API Program Highlights

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By Greg Alvarado at Inspectioneering Journal. This article appears in the November/December 1996 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

API 570 (Piping Inspector) Program

The API Piping Inspector Certification Program is nearing the end of the grandfather period. Five hundred thirty-one (531) inspectors have been certified to date under this provision, which will remain in effect through November 15, 1996.

API (American Petroleum Institute) 510 (Pressure Vessel Inspector) Program

The December 1996 examination will be the first be administered in a multiple choice format. Agreement has been reached with the National Board and the Professional Examination Service to share responsibility for construction, administration, and grading of the exam. The new format will facilitate improvements in question validation as well as to increase the speed and accuracy of the grading process.

API 653 (Aboveground Storage Tank) Program

The September 1996 administration of the Aboveground Storage Tank examination was the first to be done internationally. Thirty-two candidates in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, and 27 candidates in Singapore sat the exam. This is a continuation of API's goal of promoting the use of industry recognized standards to international markets while expanding the availability of its inspector certification exams.

New ICP (Inspector Certification Program) Fee Structure

Effective October 1, 1996, API implemented a new fee structure for the certification programs. Discounts are now offered for full-time, non-contract employees of API member companies as well as for all persons holding more than one active API certification. Recertification fees for all certified inspectors have also been revised as shown.

API Inspector Certification Programs Revised Fee Structure

Initial Certification Fees*

Number of API Certifications API Members Nonmembers
First API Certification $500 $750
Second or Third API Certification $450 $675

Recertification Fees*

Number of API Certifications API Members Nonmembers
One active certification $400 $600
Currently Holding Two or Three Active API Certifications $350 $525

* Per Certification

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