Inspectioneering
Explore:

API 570 - Piping Inspection Code

Overview of API 570 - Piping Inspection Code

API 570 - Piping Inspection Code is an inspection code developed and published by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The inspection code covers in-service inspection, rating repair, and alteration of metallic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) piping systems and their respective pressure relieving devices.

First published in 1993, API 570 establishes the requirements and guidelines needed to maintain the safety and mechanical integrity of piping systems after they have been commissioned. While it was primarily intended for those systems in the petroleum and chemical processing industries, this code can be applied to any industry that uses piping systems.

API 570 does not cover inspection, repair, or alteration procedures for specialty equipment or equipment that has been decommissioned. However, piping systems that are temporarily out of service and may be recommissioned in the future are covered by API 570.

API RP 574 supplements API 570 to provide information and best practices that assist practitioners in the “how to” inspect piping and common piping components.

Industry Application

API 570 applies to piping systems that involve process fluids, hydrocarbons, chemical products, natural gas, high-pressure gasses, and other flammable or toxic fluids. Some piping systems such as fluid services operating below a certain threshold or fluid services involving water are optional in regards to API 570 requirements. Furthermore, fitness-for-service assessments and risk-based inspection are accepted methods under API 570 for evaluating on-stream piping systems and pressure containing components.

API 570 Piping Inspector Certification

API offers a 570 certification through their Individual Certification Program. The purpose of the certification is to identify individuals that possess broad knowledge in maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of in-service metallic piping systems. In order to receive the certification, applicants must pass a two part — one closed-book and one open-book — examination.

In order to take the exam, applicants must meet minimum education and experience requirements. All applicants must have at least 1 year of experience supervising or performing inspection activities described in API 570. In order to maintain certification, pressure vessel inspectors must apply for recertification every 3 years. Education and specific experience requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants with no formal education can apply to sit for the exam after acquiring 5 years of relevant industry experience.
  • An applicant with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply after acquiring 3 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Applicants with 2 year degrees or certificates in engineering or technology require 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Those holding a bachelor of science degree or higher must have 1 year of relevant experience.

 

Is this definition incomplete? You can help by contributing to it.

Share this Topic

Related Topics

API 510 - Pressure Vessel Inspection Code API 530 - Calculation of Heater Tube Thickness in Petroleum Refineries API 653 - Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction API 936 - Refractory Installation Quality Control - Inspection & Testing Monolithic Refractory API Individual Certification Program (ICP) API RP 1169 - Basic Inspection Requirements for New Pipeline Construction API RP 572 - Inspection of Pressure Vessels API RP 573 - Inspection of Fired Boilers and Heaters API RP 574 - Inspection Practices for Piping System Components API RP 575 - Inspection Practices for Atmospheric and Low Pressure Storage Tanks API RP 577 - Welding Processes, Inspection, and Metallurgy API RP 578 - Material Verification for New and Existing Alloy Piping API RP 583 - Corrosion Under Insulation and Fireproofing API RP 584 - Integrity Operating Windows API RP 585 - Pressure Equipment Integrity Incident Investigation API RP 651 - Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks API RP 754 - Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries API RP 934 - Materials and Fabrication of Heavy Wall Pressure Vessels for High-temperature, High-pre API RP 970 - Corrosion Control Documents API TES - Tank Entry Supervisor

Relevant Links

Articles about API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
    Companies
    Videos related to API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
      White Papers related to API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
        Downloads & Resources related to API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
          Events related to API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
            News related to API 570 - Piping Inspection Code
              Interested in equipment reliability & integrity? Sign up for weekly updates.

              Inspectioneering Journal

              Explore over 20 years of articles written by our team of subject matter experts.

              Company Directory

              Find relevant products, services, and technologies.

              Job Postings

              Discover job opportunities that match your skillset.

              Case Studies

              Learn from the experience of others in the industry.

              Event Calendar

              Find upcoming conferences, training sessions, online events, and more.

              Industry News

              Stay up-to-date with the latest inspection and asset integrity management news.

              Blog

              Read short articles and insights authored by industry experts.

              Acronyms

              Commonly used asset integrity management and inspection acronyms.

              Asset Intelligence Reports

              Download brief primers on various asset integrity management topics.

              Videos

              Watch educational and informative videos directly related to your profession.

              Expert Interviews

              Inspectioneering's archive of interviews with industry subject matter experts.