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Individual Certification Programs (ICP) have been offered by the American Petroleum Institute (API) since 1989 as a way to test the knowledge and document the experience of inspection and technical personnel. These programs provide certification for several different API standards. Most API ICPs remain valid for three-year terms and can be renewed after that period.

The standards in which one can become certified under this program include:
  • API 510 - Pressure Vessel Inspector
  • API 570 - Piping Inspector
  • API 653 - Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector
  • API 571 - Corrosion and Materials Professional
  • API 577 - Welding Inspection and Metallurgy Professional
  • API 580 - Risk Based Inspection Professional
  • API TES - Tank Entry Supervisor
  • API 936 - Refractory Quality Control Personnel
  • API SIEE - Source Inspector Electrical Equipment
  • API SIFE - Source Inspector Fixed Equipment
  • API SIRE - Source Inspector Rotating Equipment
  • API RP 1169 - Pipeline Inspector
  • API QUPA - Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Phased Array)
  • API QUSE - Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Sizing)
  • API QUTE - Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners.

Each ICP program has minimum qualification requirements, which usually include a certain degree of knowledge about the corresponding API standard, as well as a specific amount of experience in the field. Scheduled exams are conducted at computer testing centers and completed online.

API Individual Certifications are powerful assets for inspectors and other personnel looking to advance their careers. They enable a person to separate themselves from the pack by demonstrating their knowledge, skills, and experience to potential employers or clients. Over 23,000 certified inspectors now exist in 118 different countries worldwide. Those 23,000 individuals hold over 41,000 certificates.

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