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INDIVIDUAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

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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.

API’s certifications have come to be regarded as the most demanded and desired credentials in the industry. They provide applicants with 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.

API certification allows 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 the personnel
  • Providing higher management control of inspection practices
  • Increasing employer’s confidence and peace-of-mind
  • Helping maintain safety and high level of performance
  • Reducing potential for downtime because of equipment failure
March 25, 2016

Application Submissions

Effective March 28, 2016 API will no longer accept any changes or additions to an application after it has been submitted.

  • Before submitting an application, PLEASE read and understand the minimum qualification requirements for your selected program. The minimum necessary experience MUST be documented on the application. Read the Qualification Requirements
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements or do not contain all the necessary information on employment and education, will be marked as unqualified. API will reject these applications and issue a refund of the application fee minus a $100.00 processing charge. Candidates will then need to submit a new application and pay a full application fee again.

December 11, 2015

NEW Auditor Certification Program - Exams Start March 2016

API is pleased to announce six new individual certification programs for auditors in the oil and gas industries. These certifications include three levels of proficiency, and each can be obtained in either API Spec Q1 or Spec Q2.

  1. IAQ1 and IAQ2 - Internal Auditor
  2. AQ1 and AQ2 – Auditor
  3. LAQ1 and LAQ2 - Lead Auditor

The first exams will be administered in the testing window of March 1 – 15, 2016

View the details


November 11, 2015

Important Changes to the 1169 Pipeline Program

ATTENTION all applicants for API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program.

As of 2016 the 1169 examination has been updated to address specific industry-governing documents of Canada. This means that the exam is equally suitable for Canadian inspectors. All applicants will have access to BOTH American and Canadian references, as identified on the effectivity sheet. Applicants can choose to study either set of documentation, and all relevant exam questions will have content that meets both sets of technical requirements.


November 5, 2015

New Source Inspector Certification Program

ICP has launched the new SIRE - Source Inspector Rotating Equipment certification program. The first examinations will be held in the December 9-23, 2015 testing window.


November 3, 2015

Exam Publication Packages No Longer Available for API 510, 570 and 653 Examinations

Effective January 1, 2016 API will no longer offer API and ASME document packages for the API 510, 570 and 653 Inspector Certification exams.

API has historically offered exam packages that contain only the pertinent codes and standards needed for the API 510, 570 and 653 examinations. Candidates should continue to refer to the ICP website for the Publications Effectivity Sheets and Body of Knowledge documents, which include information on all codes and standards needed for the examinations.

API publications can still be purchased individually from an API Authorized Redistributor.


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 about the 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification


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. 


July 25, 2013

Changes to the ICP Directory

Effective August 2013 participation in the API ICP Directory is no longer optional. The directory now includes all certified individuals. Each individual will have the option of a privacy setting for partial or full listing. Partial listings will only include your name and a country/state of residence. Full listings will also include your addresses and phone numbers.  

You can view and make changes to your privacy settings in the new ICP Portal.  If you have never logged into the online portal, review instructions here:  Apply & Recertify.


May 13, 2013

Supplemental Certifications Now Stand-alone Credentials

Candidates applying for API 571, 577 and 580 certification programs are no longer required to hold a current certification in API 510, 570 or 653.

Similar to other API certification programs, applicants are required to have experience in the petrochemical industry. Minimum experience required for any ICP certification is based on the applicant’s level of education and experience, as described in the ICP Certifications program details.


December 2012

Changes to 510, 570 & 653 Exam Administration

Effective with the December 5, 2012 exam administration, API is making two changes to the API 510, 570 and 653 examination processes. Read the announcement

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ICP Statistics as of November 2015

ICP Statistics as of November 2013

E-mail: inspector@api.org

Customer Service: 202-682-8064

Fax: 202-682-8384

Mailing Address:
American Petroleum Institute
Attn: ICP
1220 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005-4070


ICP Web Portal (Apply / Re-Certify):

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


Mail Checks To:
API
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I’m having trouble logging into my account. What can I do?

If you have difficulties logging into your API account, or a problem submitting an application for certification, please contact the ICP Help Desk at ICPHelpDesk@API.org or call 1-877-562-5187.

Why isn’t my application accepting an email address for my employment reference contact?

Employment verification requests are sent to your reference contacts via email. The email provides a link back to your application in order for your employer to verify employment dates and skills. API expects that employers will have a company email address and therefore verification email addresses such as, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. are not permitted.

Why was my application marked as Unqualified and what happens next?

Each API Individual Certification Program has minimum qualification requirements that need to be met prior to being approved to take the certification exam. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements, or do not contain all the necessary information on employment and education, will be rejected and marked as Unqualified.

Before submitting an application for certification, please read and understand the minimum qualification requirements for your selected program. The minimum education and/or experience necessary MUST be documented on the application. Applications that do not meet the minimum requirements or do not contain all the necessary information in the employment and education sections will be marked as Unqualified.
API will reject these applications and issue a refund of the application fee minus a $100.00 processing charge. API does not accept any changes or additions to the Employment History after an application has been submitted. Candidates will need to submit a new application and pay a full application fee again.
Please read the Qualification Requirements for your program

Do I need to take a training course for the test?

It is the candidate’s decision to attend a training class prior to taking an ICP examination. API does not endorse any test preparation class or course. Classes on specific API standards are periodically offered through API-U Training and may be useful to the candidate. Other classes that are part of a certification requirement, such as the Auditor Certification program, are routinely offered through API-U.
Questions on ICP examinations are derived from the publications listed in the Publications Effectivity Sheet for each specific certification program. Additional information and precise topics are included a program’s Body of Knowledge. These documents, along with other pertinent reference materials will be found on the Exam Info tab for each ICP Program.

Can I schedule my exam with Prometric if I have a deficiency on my application?

API will carefully review your application and, based on the information that you have provided, will determine if your level of education and experience qualifies you to take the certification exam.
API may allow you to take an exam while waiting on employment verifications, or if you have not yet uploaded a copy of a diploma. In these instances, a deficiency notice will be emailed from API stating the reason(s) that your application is deficient.  However, certification or recertification will not be completed until all deficiencies have been cleared.

I cannot locate a Prometric testing center near me.

There are more than 500 computer testing centers worldwide from which to choose. When selecting a testing location on the Prometric website, it is always best to search by city, not by country. Prometric’s search engine defaults to a 200-mile radius. Try expanding your search as far out as 400 miles, or search using a different city name. If you still cannot locate a testing center, please contact ICPExamCoordinator@api.org.

The Prometric website does not show any openings at my preferred testing location.

All Prometric computer testing centers operate on the first-come-first-served basis. Therefore, API cannot promise that you will be able to obtain a seat at your preferred location. Schedule your exam immediately upon receiving your Exam Authorization Notice email. If seats are not available, please try a different date, or another nearby location. If you still cannot find a seat, please contact the ICP Exam Coordinator.

Can I change my testing location after I have registered for the exam with Prometric?

You may reschedule your exam appointment to another day or another location within the same testing window up to 5 days before your scheduled test date. Prometric-generated fees will apply when rescheduling on the Prometric website within 5-29 days of an exam appointment.

How are ICP exams scored?

API 510, 570, 653, TES & 1169 Exams:  
  • The pass points for these exams will differ with each exam period.  Each examination has different questions in it, and consequently, different examinations will vary in the level and range of difficulty. API uses an industry-standard statistical process called equating to adjust the pass mark according to the relative difficulty of the exam form. Thus, the passing point used for each examination always represents the minimum knowledge required and the absolute knowledge standard is held constant. The test results of candidates only reflect whether they have this minimum amount of knowledge or not. Passing the examination is not affected by any other candidate's performance.
  • API follows the industry standard of using multiple forms (exams) during the same exam period.  This means that the person next to you may be taking a different exam with different questions and the two exams will vary in the level of difficulty and will have a different pass point. The equating process adjusts the pass mark according to the relative difficulty of the exam form.

API 571, 577, 580, 936, SIFE, SIRE, and all Auditor Exams:

  • The pass point for these exams will remain constant from exam to exam.  See each program’s Exam Info pages for details.

API does not grade its examinations “on a curve.” This would mean comparing the scores of one candidate to all the other candidates in the same examination and assigning grades or passing status according to a fixed percentage. The implication is that whether an individual passes the examination or not might depend on the ability level (or preparation) of all the other candidates who took the examination. This would not be fair for a credentialing examination.

API does not finalize the scores until all candidate comments and challenges from the exam have been reviewed by a committee of subject matter experts.  This review can result in a change to the scoring, and when this is true, the scores are adjusted for all candidates for that particular exam.

When will I receive my exam results?

Examination results are typically released 6-8 weeks after the final day of the testing window. Results are emailed directly from Prometric to the email address that you provided when you scheduled your exam on Prometric’s website.

API does not finalize the scores until all candidate comments and challenges from an exam have been reviewed by a committee of subject matter experts. This review can result in a change to the scoring, and when this is true, the scores are adjusted for all candidates for that particular exam. After the committee reviews, the scores are finalized and results are delivered to candidates.

When will I be certified?

The certification process typically takes 2-4 weeks after exam results are released, at which time a paper certificate and wallet card will be mailed to the “Preferred” address in your API account profile.

Please note that if you passed the exam, but your application is still in a “Scheduled-Deficient” status, this means that need to provide additional information prior to API completing your certification. Please log into your API account in the ICP Portal and submit the necessary information, so that your certification process may be completed.

If you have questions, or you are unsure how to correct a deficiency, please contact ICP customer service at 202-682-8064, or by email at inspector@api.org.

Why is my Passing Mark Different than My Colleague’s?

API utilizes multiple forms (exams) during the same exam period. This means that the person seating next to you may be taking a different exam with different questions and the two exams will vary in the level of difficulty and will have a different pass point. The equating process adjusts the pass mark according to the relative difficulty of the exam form. Therefore, different forms of the exam may have a different pass point.

Where do I take my Recertification Quiz?

The API 510, 570 and 653 inspectors are required to take an on-line, open-book quiz every six years to renew their certification. To take your recertification quiz, or to determine if a quiz is needed for your current certification, log into your account in the ICP Portal. If a web quiz is due, there will be an Alert at the top of your certification page with a link that will take you to the quiz. NOTE: The log in for the web quiz is the same as the login for the ICP Portal.
Go to Programs for additional recertification information for your specific program, including Publications Effectivity Sheets for web quizzes.