Training Course

Understanding and Applying API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 Fitness-for-Service

By Greg Garic, P.E., Senior Staff Consultant at Stress Engineering Services, Inc.

Course Description

This online course will provide detailed instruction in the fitness-for-service (FFS) evaluation methods of the API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 (2021) Standard. Participants will learn how to apply the basic rules and principles for Level 1 and Level 2 assessments of damaged equipment. This course will cover all of the sections of API 579, from Part 3 (Brittle Fracture) to Part 14 (Fatigue). Numerous hands-on examples, case studies, and comprehension checks will result in effective learning retention and provide an engaging, interactive experience that will leave each participant with a greater understanding and appreciation for this powerful methodology.

This course includes:

  • 11.00 CPDs/PDHs (certificate provided upon completion)
  • Over 11 hours of on-demand video, including comprehension checks and an exam
  • Access for 90 days upon beginning the course
  • Curated articles to deepen your understanding of each training module's topics
  • Downloadable notepads for you to keep notes as you progress through each module
  • Slides are not available for this course

What You’ll Learn

Here are some of the highlights and takeaways from this course:

  • How FFS assessments fit into existing design, maintenance, and inspection codes
  • When FFS assessments are required
  • The general principles of a FFS assessment
  • The differences between Level 1, 2, and 3 FFS assessments
  • New additions and changes in the 2021 edition
  • Applicability and limitations of Level 1, 2, and 3 assessments for the various Parts
  • Damage mechanism review and discussion
  • Step-by-step instruction in Level 1 and 2 methods
  • Examples of Level 3 techniques
  • NDT methods for detecting and sizing certain damage mechanisms
  • Quizzes and student-worked examples
  • Worked examples and case studies of FFS evaluations

Who This Course Is For

This course is intended for those who specify, perform, or evaluate the results of FFS assessments. It is not a cursory overview but rather a deep dive into the principles and practice of FFS assessments according to API 579-1. The course provides specific training in most Level 1 and Level 2 assessment methods. Based on feedback from past students, this course is tailored to prepare students with the ability to navigate real-world FFS problems rather than simply providing an overview of FFS methodology. For engineers, detailed calculations are presented and included in the examples and classwork problems. Inspectors will leave with an understanding of what inspections are required to support a FFS assessment and how those inspections will be used in FFS assessments. Additionally, there will be detailed discussions, examples, and classwork problems covering Level 1 assessment methods.

Course Outline

  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Overview
  3. Brittle Fracture Assessment
  4. General Metal Loss
  5. Local Metal Loss
  6. Pitting Corrosion
  7. Hydrogen Blisters and Hydrogen Damage
  8. Weld Misalignment and Shell Distortions
  9. Assessment of Crack-Like Flaws
  10. Creep
  11. Fire Damage
  12. Dents and Gouges
  13. Laminations
  14. Fatigue
  15. Conclusion

Group Purchases

Inspectioneering Training offers the following benefits and discounts to organizations looking to enroll multiple team members in this course.

  • Extended Access: Receive an increased duration to access the course, from the standard 3 months to 12 months, allowing more time for all participants to complete and revisit the training course.
  • Personalized Communications: Set up email notifications to ensure participants progress through the course within the timeline set forth by the company’s designated administrators.
  • Progress Reports: Receive access to detailed course reporting on all participant activities, progress, and performance.
  • Flexible Billing: Benefit from flexible billing options tailored to your organization's needs.
  • Dedicated Account Representative: Receive support from a dedicated account representative, ensuring smooth enrollment and ongoing assistance throughout the training program.
Discount Type 2-10 Seats 11-20 Seats 21+ Seats
Standard $1,220.75 $1,156.50 Contact Us
Membership* $1,092.25 $1,028.00 Contact Us

* The discount is exclusive to companies with a company or enterprise membership to Inspectioneering.

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