Training Course


By David A. Osage, President and Principal Engineer at The Equity Engineering Group, Inc.

Course Description

This 1-hour course offers an introduction to Fitness-for-Service (FFS) assessments. An FFS assessment is a multidisciplinary engineering analysis of equipment to determine whether it is fit for continued service, usually until the next shutdown. This concise course explains the concept of Fitness-for-Service (FFS), discusses FFS and Lifecycle Management (LCM) Principles, briefly reviews the history and development of API 579-1 / ASME FFS-1 (the current Fitness for Service document), highlights opportunities for Fitness-for-Service, and provides an overview of API 579-1.

This course includes:

  • 1.00 CPD/PDH (certificate provided upon completion)
  • 1 hour of on-demand video, including comprehension checks and an exam
  • Access for 90 days upon beginning the course
  • Slides are not available for this course

What You’ll Learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define FFS and elucidate the intended outcomes of an FFS assessment.
  • Explain the LCM process and how FFS assessments, technology, and best practices are integrated within it.
  • Enumerate the current and previous editions of API 579-1 / ASME FFS-1, along with a significant alteration in each edition.
  • Recall two opportunities to employ FFS for both reactive and proactive assessments.
  • Identify five damage mechanisms that can be assessed using FFS technology.
  • Articulate the primary question that an FFS assessment must address.
  • List several data prerequisites for conducting an FFS assessment.
  • Recall at least one of the three FFS acceptance criteria.

Who This Course Is For

  • Plant engineers in mechanical reliability programs
  • Plant inspectors
  • Central engineering staff
  • Consultants in the refining and petrochemicals industry
  • May be beneficial for those working in the fossil fuel, utility, pulp and paper, nuclear
  • energy, and other processing industries that use and maintain pressurized equipment

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. What is Fitness-for-Service?
  3. Fitness-for-Service and Lifecycle Management
  4. History of Fitness-for-Service
  5. Opportunities for Fitness-for-Service
  6. API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Overview
  7. 8-Step FFS Assessment Procedure: Step 1
  8. 8-Step FFS Assessment Procedure: Steps 2-4
  9. 8-Step FFS Assessment Procedure: Steps 5-8
  10. Conclusion


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