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Individual Certification Programs (ICP)

  1. 1 Programs: View certification information and qualification requirements.
  2. 2 Applications: Submit new, reschedule and recertification applications.
  3. 3 Examinations: Schedule a test and learn about exam day.

Since 1989, API’s Individual Certification Programs (ICP) have provided the petroleum and petrochemical industries with an independent and unbiased way to evaluate the knowledge and experience of technical and inspection personnel. These certification programs are based on the industry-developed standards that are recognized and used with confidence worldwide.

ICP testing, developed in partnership with industry leaders, confirms that certified inspectors and personnel will demonstrate competence in content areas that are relevant to their practices.

ICP’s certifications have come to be regarded as the most demanded and desired credentials in the industry. They provide applicants with a means to improve their skills through learning and strengthening their overall job performance. API certified inspectors and personnel are recognized worldwide as professionals who are fully knowledgeable of the relevant industry inspection codes and standards, and who are capable of performing their jobs in accordance with the latest and most acceptable industry inspection practices. These certifications allow qualified personnel to establish a career path and make valuable contributions to the safety and quality of industry operations.

API's individual certification programs benefit the industry by:

  • Providing knowledgeable, specialized inspectors
  • Establishing a minimum standard of knowledge and skill for personnel
  • Providing higher management control of inspection practices
  • Increasing employer’s confidence and peace-of-mind
  • Helping maintain safety and a high level of performance
  • Reducing the potential for downtime due to equipment failure

Examination Policies & Notifications

  1. API allows candidates 12 consecutive months to pass an exam. This 12-month period begins with the first scheduled exam date. If any of the events listed below occur within the 12-month period, you will need to submit a reschedule application. Reschedule fees apply.
    • if you fail to schedule your computer-based exam on the Prometric website
    • if you do not pass the examination
    • if you do not show up for the examination
  2. If you are unsuccessful within the allotted 12 months, a new application will need to be submitted along with a new application fee.
  3. Exam results for computer-based examinations and special site paper-based exams are emailed from Prometric approximately 6-8 weeks after the final day of the testing window. Results for the Ultrasonic Testing performance demonstration exams are emailed from API approximately 4-6 weeks after the exam session.
  4. API will not disclose or return the contents of a failed exam to any applicant.
  5. Candidates who pass their exams and have no deficiencies in their application, will be certified. Candidates will not be certified until all deficiencies are cleared, even if a passing score is received on the exam.
  6. A paper certificate and wallet card will be mailed out approximately 2-4 weeks after the results have been received.
    • Print copies of your certificates and wallet cards directly from your API account in the ICP Portal. Select “Certifications” tab along the top of your account and then click on the red links labeled: “Print Certificate” and “Print Wallet Card.”
  7. The term of certification is three years.

API Payment Policy

  1. Applications will not be processed until payment is received and applied.
  2. All payments need to be made in United States currency and checks drawn from a U.S. bank. Applicants are responsible for all taxes, banking and other service fees, including all applicable withholding taxes.
  3. Mail checks to: API, P.O. Box 1425, Merrifield, VA 22116-1425 USA
  4. Send checks by courier services to: API, Attn: John Robertson, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005-4070 USA
  5. When paying by electronic/wire transfer:
  • Applicants are responsible for all electronic transfer and banking fees.
  • Add a $50.00 USD handling fee for electronic payments not drawn on a U.S. bank.
  • Reference the ICP invoice number found in your online application.
  • Send funds to:  TD Bank, 1030 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 USA  /  ABA Routing # 054001725 (ACH)  /  ABA Routing # 031101266 (Wire)  /  Credit to American Petroleum Institute, Account # 4251303172, SWIFT: NRTHUS33

API Refund Policy

  1. All refund requests must be submitted to API by email within three (3) months from the date of payment.
  2. For refund requests made before the application deadline, API will refund the initial New Application fee minus $100.00 for processing.
  3. For refund requests made after the application deadline, API will refund 50% of the initial New Application fee.
  4. For applicants found to be unqualified, API will refund the initial New Application fee minus $100.00 for processing.
  5. Reschedule application fees are non-refundable.
  6. API has a contract with the examination applicant. Therefore, API will only honor refund requests that come directly from the applicant, regardless of whether payment was made by a third party. Requests from said third parties will not be honored.
  7. Refunds will not be issued under the following circumstances:
  • if request is made three months or more after the initial payment date
  • if request is made less than five days before a scheduled exam appointment, or any time after a scheduled appointment
  • if you did not show up for your exam
  • if you have already taken your exam

Grievances & Appeals

  1. Challenges and complaints regarding the conditions or environment of test locations must be submitted to API in writing no later than seven business days after the date of the examination. Please email ICPExamCoordinator@api.org. API will investigate the reasons for complaints, however, examination scores will not be adjusted based on complaints about a testing location.
  2. Challenges regarding the content of exam questions must be submitted during the examination. Candidates will have the ability to enter comments/challenges after each question on the exam, as well as at the end of the examination. After all exams during a specific testing window have been administered, a panel of subject matter experts will review comments/challenges and determine their respective merits. In the event that challenges are found valid, the scoring will be adjusted and will be effective for all candidates taking the same exam.
  3. API does not accept grievances or appeals of the actual examination scores.
  4. API will not disclose or return the contents of a failed exam to any applicant.

Copyright Policy & How to Purchase API Publications

  1. Papers, publications and materials in any form are not allowed into computer testing centers. In cases where applicable codes and standards are allowed into examination rooms, such as at special paper-based exams, API’s Document Policy will be strictly enforced, and unauthorized materials will not be permitted. API will conduct random audits, and illegal copies will be confiscated prior to the exam.
  2. Purchasing Authorized API Publications:
    • Refer to your ICP program’s effectivity sheet for a list of standards and codes that you will need to study for your exam. Copies of these publications can be obtained from an API Authorized Redistributor.
    • API has an agreement with IHS and Techstreet which allows them to distribute API standards via electronic subscriptions. Companies that have an API subscription may print the relevant ICP documents for their employees only. View the key provisions of the restrictions on printing: PDF IconAPI Document Policy
    • API members are eligible for a 30% discount on all API documents, and exam candidates are eligible for a 20% discount on all API documents. When calling to order, please identify yourself as an exam candidate and/or API member. Prices quoted will reflect the applicable discounts. No discounts can be made for ASME documents.
    For more information, contact: publications@api.org
September 3, 2015

COMING SOON… Source Inspector Rotating Equipment Certification Program

The API SIRE - Source Inspector Rotating Equipment is the newest Source Inspector certification to be developed in cooperation with industry experts. This certification will focus primarily on Rotating Equipment, including but not limited to: pumps, gears, compressors, turbines and associated appurtenances.

The first SIRE examination will be held in the December 9-23, 2015 testing window. Check back to find out when applications will be accepted. The program will be open to candidates with any experience in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, as well as those wanting to gain industry experience.

February 27, 2015

API Introduces Instant Preliminary Scoring with March 2015 Exams

Starting with the March 2015 certification exams, ICP will begin providing preliminary scores at the completion of computer-based examinations. After the March trial run, the preliminary scoring will be instituted for all other exams. As most candidates know, API does not finalize the scores until all candidate exam challenges have been reviewed by a committee of subject matter experts. This review frequently results in a change to the scoring process, and that’s why the instant scoring will only yield the preliminary results. The final results will be released 6-8 weeks after the testing window ends.

Preliminary results for the 510, 570, 653, and TES examinations will have three levels:

  • Preliminary Pass
  • Marginal (score too close to call)
  • Preliminary Fail

For all other exams either a Preliminary Pass or a Preliminary Fail result will be issued. This preliminary scoring system will help the majority of candidates determine whether they need to submit a reschedule application to take the exam again, and whether to continue their studying efforts.

July 23, 2014

Apply Now for the New Pipeline Inspector Certification Program

API is now accepting applications for the 1169 Pipeline Inspector certification program. This basic program tests applicant’s core knowledge in relevant codes and standards to perform inspection activities during construction of new onshore pipelines. It is open to qualified applicants who are seeking to become certified inspectors in API-1169: Recommended Practice for Basic Inspection Requirements - New Pipeline Construction.

The first exam will be administered during the testing window of October 31 - November 14, 2014. Find out more

July 2, 2014

NEW API-1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program Launching Fall 2014

This basic program will test applicant’s core knowledge in relevant codes and standards to perform inspection activities during construction of new onshore pipelines.  It will be open to qualified applicants who are seeking to become certified inspectors in API-1169: Recommended Practice for Basic Inspection Requirements –New Pipeline Construction.  

June 10, 2014

Preview the Computer Testing Tutorial

Responding to requests from our candidates, ICP is providing the computer testing tutorial that is given on exam day.  Please preview it in order to better prepare yourself for the computer testing experience. 
Learn test-taking tips and how to maneuver through the exam.  Learn how to mark a question so that you can return to it later.  Learn how to provide your feedback to the ICP exam committee, and more.  
The tutorial also addresses the open-book exams, and includes information explaining the use of code book PDFs. On exam day, the PDF information on the tutorial will only be available to those applicants who take an open-book exam (API 510, 570 and 653). 

May 16, 2014

National Board No Longer Accepted for API-510

Effective May 16, 2014, and based on the new 10th edition of API 510, a National Board certification will no longer be accepted as a substitution for passing the API-510 exam. 

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ICP Portal (Apply / Recertify / Track Certifications)

ICP Portal Help Desk: 877-562-5187 or ICPHelpDesk@api.org

Mail Checks To:
API P.O. Box 1425 Merrifield, VA 22116-1425 USA

Send Checks by Courier Services To:
Attn: John Robertson
1220 L Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005-4070

Send Electronic/Wire Transfers To:
TD Bank
1030 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA
ABA Routing # 054001725 (ACH)
ABA Routing # 031101266 (Wire)
Credit To American Petroleum Institute
Account # 4251303172