API Announces Upcoming Inspection Training Courses
Pipeline to Success
Upcoming inspector training classes promote alignment with new, recommended industry practices.
At a time when our industry's safety and environmental protections continue to evolve, facing heightened scrutiny from regulators and the public, it's never been more important to adopt recommended practices and competencies relevant to petroleum and petrochemical inspection. Not only does this pursuit further a collective industry goal of improving efficiencies and strengthening security mechanisms, but for those participating in the associated continuing educational process, it is foundational to growing and advancing one's professional career.
With that in mind, the American Petroleum Institute (API) is pleased to announce upcoming inspection training courses for both novice inspectors as well as those pursuing ICP certification in new areas of inspection. These courses will provide attendees with the latest information and recommendations for performing inspections safely and effectively.
A History of Excellence
As a global leader in the natural gas and oil industry for more than a century, API, through its API-U division, provides expert training to industry personnel around the world. Developed in collaboration with experienced instructors who hold decades of professional experience and expertise, API-U classes have provided training to thousands of professionals, with an over-arching focus on improving the productivity, safety, and sustainability in industry operations. Courses range from introductory to advanced, providing attendees with the most current and well-established practices in petroleum industry education.
API is also proud to offer classes through the Mechanical Integrity Professional Academy (MIP) - a collaboration with Inspectioneering Training, which specializes in trainings for mechanical integrity professionals.
API's upcoming training inspection curricula include classes from both API-U and the MIP.
API-U Inspection Code Training Courses
Our upcoming inspection code training courses are instructor-led and provide the practical knowledge and competencies relevant to petroleum and petrochemical inspection personnel. Presented live and online, the courses will help attendees expand their knowledge of specific inspection codes while earning up to 12 continuing professional development hours (each).
API 510 and RP 572: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code and Practices
This course introduces students to standards and recommended practices associated with the inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure vessels. It will detail recommended safety precautions and preparatory work, reasons for inspection, and inspection methods. Expected competencies after course completion include the ability to assist with evaluating pressure vessel integrity to identify opportunities for inspection and how to identify safety risks for pressure vessel inspection. The course is intended for novice inspectors and those who are looking to be introduced to API 510 and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 572.
• Dates: June 12-13; November 13-14
API 570 and RP 574: Piping Inspection Code and Practices
This course introduces students to standards and recommended practices associated with the inspection of piping systems in the oil and natural gas industry. It will detail reasons for inspection, safety precautions, and inspection methods. Students completing the course will be able to assist with evaluating piping integrity and identify safety risks associated with piping inspection, among other tasks. It is intended for novice inspectors and those who are looking to be introduced to API 570 and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 574.
• Dates: June 14-15; November 15-16
API 653 and RP 575: Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection Code and Practice
This course introduces students to standards and recommended practices associated with the inspection, repair, and alteration of atmospheric and aboveground, low-pressure storage tanks. It focuses on tanks that store liquids or gases at pressures not exceeding 15 psi, while providing guidance on their repair. It is intended for novice inspectors and those who are looking to be introduced to API 653 and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 575.
• Dates: September 25-26
Our upcoming MIP classes are one- to three-hour, on demand courses taught by mechanical integrity professionals. They meet the industry's growing need for continuing education as well as general knowledge training for the inspection sector. Courses provide up to 1.5 hours of continuing professional development hours.
This course details how to effectively identify the equipment to include in a facility's process safety management program, focusing on its mechanical integrity program. It will also detail the different types of equipment and explain how to break them down into smaller components. The course includes a final exam and workshop that test students on the types of equipment to include in a safe and compliant program.
Damage Mechanisms (API RP 571)
This course addresses damage mechanisms and their impact on mechanical integrity in facilities, incorporating a discussion of API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry. Upon completing the course, attendees will gain a better understanding of sulfidation and high temperature hydrogen attacks, two dangerous damage mechanisms.
Pressure Relief Devices
This course provides students with an overview of pressure relief devices for mechanical integrity programs, offering a detailed discussion of the recommended procedures to prevent overpressure during maintenance.
Designed for those new to nondestructive examination (NDE) technologies or those with previous experience and looking to expand their understanding, this course provides an overview of NDE technologies for degradation monitoring of assets. In addition to addressing NDE testing goals, it also covers common damage mechanisms and their morphologies, among other topics.
For more information about API inspection training, visit https://api.org/inspectiontraining.