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How do I apply for an API Monogram License?

Prior to applying, you must first:

  • Implement a quality management system compliant with API Spec Q1
  • Describe the quality management system in a quality manual. The quality manual must recognize each requirement of API Spec Q1
  • Maintain the technical capability to manufacture products compliant with the applicable API product specification
  • Complete and sign the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix
  • Perform a documented internal audit according to the requirements of API Spec Q1
  • Perform a documented management review according to the requirements of API Spec Q1
  • Confirm a quality management system has been operational for at least four (4) months

Submit an online application through myCerts. For guidance using the site, refer to the myCerts User Guide for Applicants

How do I apply for an API quality management system certification to ISO 9001, API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2?

Prior to applying, you must first:

  • Implement a quality management system compliant with ISO 9001, API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2
  • Describe the quality management system in a quality manual. The quality manual must recognize each requirement of ISO 9001, API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2
  • Complete and sign the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix and/or the API Spec Q2 1st Edition Conformity Matrix
  • Perform a documented internal audit according to the requirements of ISO 9001, API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2
  • Perform a documented management review according to the requirements of ISO 9001, API Spec Q1 and/or API Spec Q2
  • Confirm a quality management system has been operational for at least four (4) months

Submit an online application through myCerts. For guidance using the site, refer to the myCerts User Guide for Applicants

How long does the application process take?

Approximately four to six months. Factors affecting processing time include missing proof of payment, an incomplete or unsigned Conformity Matrix, requested corrections to nonconformances in the quality manual, and/or auditor unavailability.

How may I contact an API representative in my area?

You may contact your local Worldwide Representative for more details.

Will API Certification Programs use local auditors?

API will use local auditors whenever possible. At present, API auditors are based in more than 30 countries. Please note that factors such as auditor availability, conflict of interest concerns, and API’s policy that an organization should not be audited by the same auditor for more than one certification cycle may direct API to use non-local auditors.

Our organization is ISO 9001 certified. How close are we to meeting the API Monogram Program application requirements?

Probably very close. ISO 9001 certification means that you meet approximately 85% of API Spec Q1. So, you must add these additional API Spec Q1-specific requirements to your quality manual and quality management system to bring you into conformance. These additional API Spec Q1 requirements are outlined in the API Spec Q1 9th Edition Conformity Matrix. Next, ensure that you have the technical capability to meet the applicable API product specification(s) requirements and possess a design package, if required. At that point, you should be ready to apply.

We do not develop the design. We purchase the design or our client provides the design or we take the design entirely from an API specification. As a non-designer, can we still apply?

Yes, you may apply, but you must still address how you will receive, review, identify, and transfer key aspects of the design package into shop routers/checklists, prepare for the possibility of design changes, and finally ensure the design resulted in a product compliant with the applicable API product specification. API will review these control features that ultimately make up the design package.

In some cases, due to the nature of the products and specifications, API allows an applicant to exclude design and development activities in its quality management system. Casing, tubing, pipe and plate manufacturers, threaders, drilling mud producers, testing agencies, and gage manufacturers that follow the API specification with no deviation, may apply to exclude design development and control. Applicants manufacturing products to one of the other API specifications must be prepared to show the API auditor their design documents.

Are we required to be ISO 9001 registered or API Spec Q1 registered prior to applying to the API Monogram Program?

No. Although registration to these quality management system standards brings you closer to meeting the API Monogram’s quality management system requirements, registration is not required. API Monogram Licensees must have a management system manual that is compliant with API Spec Q1, but API Spec Q1 Registration is not required.

Renew API Monogram Licenses

If your API Monogram License(s) are due to expire within the next 9 months and you have not submitted a renewal application, please login your myCerts account and follow the link on your dashboard that says Start Renewal Application Process.

Once your application has been submitted and accepted by API, your facility an auditor will be assigned to your facility

Renew APIQR Registrations

If your APIQR certificate(s) of registration are due to expire within the next 9 months and you have not submitted a renewal application, please login your myCerts account and follow the link on your dashboard that says Start Renewal Application Process.

How to Add or Remove a Product From an Existing Monogram License

Submit your request to certification@api.org.

Your request needs to include:

  • Your facility information and facility identification number
  • What licenses you would like to amend. Please include a Licensing Information Form that reflects your desired product changes.

If you are adding products to your license, please indicate whether or not you would like to have a separate change audit to add these products, or if you would like to have your capability reviewed at your next regularly scheduled audit.

API does not charge to add products to an existing license. However, if API determines that an audit will be necessary to add the product to your license, your organization will be responsible for any auditing costs.

How to Apply for an Alternative API Monogram Marking Agreement

If you are applying for an Alternative API Monogram Marking Agreement as part of a new license application, you can complete the application online through myCerts.

As an existing facility, If you would like to apply for an Alternative API Monogram Marking Agreement, please read and complete the Alternative Marking Program Requirements and License Agreement and submit to certification@api.org.

For more information as to whether or not an Alternative API Monogram Marking Agreement is applicable to your organization, please contact your Worldwide Representative.

How to Change the Name of your Facility

In order for API to process your request for a name change:

  1. Download and complete the API Certification Programs Application Form
  2. Download and complete the API Monogram Licensing Requirements if you have a Monogram License
  3. Download and complete the APIQR Registration Program Requirements if you have an APIQR Quality Registration
  4. If you are changing the name of your facility, please include a copy of your business license or other certified document that reflects the official name of your organization as registered with your government. If your business license is not in English, please provide the English translation so that we can review the document.  Please include the answers to the following questions along with your correspondence:
    • What is the reason for the name change? Is this a change in ownership?
    • What is the effective date of the name change?
  5. Submit completed correspondence to certification@api.org.

Please note that all certifications are non-transferable.

How to Change the Location of your Facility

In order for API to process your request for a location change:

  1. Download and complete the API Certification Programs Application Form
  2. Download and complete the API Monogram Licensing Requirements if you have a Monogram License
  3. Download and complete the APIQR Registration Program Requirements if you have an APIQR Quality Registration
  4. If you are changing the location of your facility, please include the answers to the following questions along with your correspondence:
    • What is the effective date of the location change?
    • What is the distance from the old facility location to the new facility location?
    • What is the approximate percentage of employees transferring to the new facility?
    • Will the same Quality Management System be used at the new facility?
  5. Submit completed correspondence to certification@api.org.

Please note that all certifications are non-transferable.