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API 1169 - Pipeline Inspector

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Are you qualified to take the API 1169 exam?

API 1169 Inspector Certification requirements are based on work experience acquired within the last 20 years. Education and other certifications may also be needed.

Applicants can qualify in one or more of these categories.
  • Inspection Experience (pipeline or general oil and gas)
  • Non-Inspection Pipeline Experience
  • General Oil & Gas Industry Experience
  • Other Heavy Industry Experience

Determine which category applies to you and then provide the information that is required.
  • The minimum amount of experience/education needed to qualify MUST be documented on your application.
  • If you are using education or certification to help you qualify, then official documentation (in the English language) will need to be uploaded into your application.

Easy Reference: API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Fact Sheet


INSPECTION EXPERIENCE

Experience Required Years of Experience Education

PIPELINE INSPECTION

Experience acquired in areas such as Utility inspection, Pressure/Leak Testing, Welding Inspection, Coating Inspection
3 years Any

GENERAL OIL & GAS INSPECTION

Experience acquired in areas such as: Equipment Inspection, NDT, In-service Inspection, Visual Inspection, Welding Inspection, Pressure/Leak Testing, Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks, Piping or Pressure Vessels, Manufacturing/Source Inspection
3 years BS or 2-year degree in a technical discipline, engineering or technology
4 years High School, GED
5 years No Formal Education

NON-INSPECTION PIPELINE EXPERIENCE

Experience Required Years of Experience Education
Experience acquired in areas such as: Pipeline Construction, Pipeline SurveyorPipeline Operation, Welding, Fitting, Coating, Operation of Heavy Equipment

4 years BS or 2-year degree in a technical discipline, engineering or technology
5 years High School, GED
7 years No Formal Education

GENERAL OIL & GAS INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Experience Required Years of Experience Education & Certification

Experience acquired at any petrochemical facility, such as refinery or petrochemical plants.

Experience may relate to: Operation, Construction and repair of petrochemical equipment.
4 years of General Oil & Gas experience
and
1 year of Pipeline Specific experience
High School, GED or Higher
Plus
Any certification -Level II or greater - from any of the following:
  • AWS, CWB
  • NACE
  • API
  • ASNT
7 years High School, GED or Higher
Plus
Any certification - Level II or greater - from any of the following:
  • AWS, CWB
  • NACE
  • API
  • ASNT

OTHER HEAVY INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Experience Required Years of Experience Education & Certification

Experience acquired in industries or areas such as: Road Building, Civil Construction, Mining, Logging, Heavy Equipment Operating, Blasting


10 years BS or 2-year degree in a technical discipline, engineering or technology
10 years High School, GED or Higher in a non-engineering or non-technology discipline
Plus
Any certification - Level II or greater - from any of the following:
  • AWS, CWB
  • NACE
  • API
  • ASNT

The API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification exam tests the applicant’s knowledge in relevant codes and standards necessary to perform inspection activities during construction of new onshore pipelines.


All questions on the API 1169 examination are derived from the references listed in the Publications Effectivity Sheet. Not all publications listed will be available to the applicant during the exam. Page two of the Publications Effectivity Sheet lists the references that will be available during the exam, and those publications are provided below.

PDF Icon  API 1169 Publications Effectivity Sheet For March - November 2016 exams

Refer to the Body of Knowledge for the specific topics included in this examination.

PDF Icon  API 1169 Body of Knowledge For March - November 2016 exams


The following PDF reference documents will be available to view on the computer during the exam.

U.S. References:

PDF Icon 29 CFR 1910, Occupational Safety and Health Standards
PDF Icon 29 CFR 1926, Safety and Health Regulations for Construction
PDF Icon 33 CFR 321, Navigation and Navigable Waters
PDF Icon 33 USC Chapter 9, Protection of Navigable Waters and of Harbor and River Improvements
PDF Icon 40 CFR 300, National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan
PDF Icon 49 CFR 172, Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions
PDF Icon 49 CFR 192, Transportation of Natural and Other Gas by Pipeline
PDF Icon 49 CFR 195, Transportation of Hazardous Liquids by Pipeline
PDF Icon 50 CFR 21, Migratory Bird Permits
PDF Icon Endangered Species Act of 1973
PDF Icon FERC Upland Erosion Control Revegetation and Maintenance Plan, May 2013

PDF Icon FERC Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, May 2013


Canadian References:

PDF Icon CEPA Pipeline Associated Watercourse Crossings 4th Edition
PDF Icon Environmental Protection Act, 1999, S.C. 1999, c. 33
PDF Icon Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations
PDF Icon Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, SOR/86-304
PDF Icon Canada Water Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-11
PDF Icon Fisheries and Oceans, Land Development Guidelines for the Protection of Aquatic Habitat
PDF Icon Migratory Bird Convention Act, S.C. 1994, c. 22
PDF Icon Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C., 195, c. N-22

PDF Icon Species at Risk Act, S.C. 2002, c.29


The API 1169 exam is 3 hours long. There are 100 questions, all multiple-choice and closed-book. Paper and reference materials are not allowed into the examinations.

Learn More about Exam Day

There will be a brief tutorial on the computer-based testing experience before the examination begins. Review the tutorial for your program before exam day.

1169 Computer Testing Tutorial - English


Additional Resources

Examination Policies & Notifications: Policies

Purchasing Authorized API Publications: API Publications Store

  1. The API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program was first introduced in the Fall of 2014.
  2. As a new program, the specific recertification requirements have not yet been determined.
  3. API 1169 inspectors will need to apply for recertification every three years.
  4. Inspectors will be able to renew their certification 90-days prior to the expiration date.

The API 1169 Pipeline Inspector certification program was developed in cooperation with industry experts in order to establish an industry-wide credential for the inspection of new construction of on-shore pipelines.

This certification is open to qualified applicants who are seeking to become certified inspectors in API-1169: Recommended Practice for Basic Inspection Requirements - New Pipeline Construction.

Qualified individuals should be knowledgeable about:
  • General onshore pipeline construction inspection
  • Inspector responsibilities
  • Personnel and general pipeline safety
  • Environmental and pollution control

API 1169 certification is valid for a three-year term.

Easy Reference: API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Fact Sheet

U.S. & Canadian Applicants

In February 2016, two major U.S. and Canadian pipeline associations, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), along with their respective foundations, publicly endorsed API’s 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program. Member companies are encouraging their pipeline inspectors to become API 1169-certified by 2018.

Read the Announcement: INGAA and CEPA Endorse API’s 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Program


Beginning with the March 2016 exams, the API 1169 exam was updated to address specific industry-governing documents of Canada. This means that the exam is equally suitable for Canadian inspectors and is approved by Canadian experts for use by the Canadian pipeline industry.

When a U.S. reference has a Canadian equivalent (for example ASME B31.4 and CSA Z662-15), the applicant may choose to study either the U.S. or Canadian reference with the assurance that exam questions will focus on only those areas where the technical content overlaps. These exam questions will have content that meets both the American and Canadian technical requirements.