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API Chapters

API chapters promote fellowship and professional development of their members through the exchange of operational experience, operations oriented meeting programs, and a variety of educational, industry service and community service projects.

See:  API Chapter Contact Information

These efforts promote a professional and civic minded industry image in chapter communities.  The chapters are non-commercial, non-discriminatory, and do not endorse or financially support political parties or candidates.  To avoid inadvertent conflicts, the chapters do not independently develop or promote positions on public issues, but often provide forums for discussion of such issues.


There are more than 30 active API chapters with 9,412 members in 12 states. Most meet monthly or quarterly.  Their scholarships, donations and service projects typically total $200,000 to $300,000 annually.

Chapter Membership and Organization

Membership is open to anyone engaged in the petroleum or an allied industry. Many chapters also offer associate membership to anyone having interest in these industries.

Chapter membership does not require or constitute national API corporate or individual membership, and there are no national dues.

Each chapter is a separate and totally self supporting legal entity, elects its own officers and establishes its own programs and dues consistent with its local constitution and bylaws, and applicable API policies and federal, state and local laws.

Meeting Programs

Most programs stress practical field applications of industry technology, practices, trends, and issues.  Occasional general programs promote broader interest (e.g., local history, community projects, or facilities).

Educational Projects

Most chapters emphasize scholarships.  Many also support college grants and petroleum technology courses.  They also may sponsor occasional seminars for industry, or industry information programs for their communities.

Community Service

Many chapters donate time or money to support local youth projects, police and fire departments, public facility improvements, community or individual disaster assistance, and charities.

Fellowship and Fund-raisers

Most chapters hold one or more social functions each year to involve families and friends (e.g., spouse’s night or a picnic).  Most also hold an annual golf tournament, fish fry, or similar event as a membership development tool and fundraiser for scholarships and donations.

API Chapter Locations:

Click here for contact and chapter locations (Note:  Chapter locations are presented in alphabetical order by state).