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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
November 25, 2020
Attention: API LSP Program Launch
We have launched a new certification program that will help pipeline operators use integrity testing for both natural gas and oil pipelines to improve safety and avoid environmental releases. The Long Seam Pipeline (LSP) Certification program will set criteria for pipeline technicians to ensure that they adhere to the best techniques required to perform in-the-ditch testing of pipelines using the non-destructive examination (NDE) method. To read more about the new program, follow this link: https://www.api.org/products-and-services/individual-certification-programs/lsparticle.
November 13, 2020
New ICP Certificates
We are excited to announce that the ICP certificates will be updated to display the new API logo and a new design. Certificate printing will be delayed until December to implement these changes. Candidates can print out unofficial copies of their certificate from their ICP account, which will reflect the new look. Please note that the new certificate design does not impact the validity of previous certificates and there will be no reprints of current certificates. All certificates already issued are valid until the expiration listed on the certificate.
October 19, 2020
Reminder: October 570 Exam Results Delay
API has been conducting a Job Analysis to reevaluate the API 570 exam to ensure that it remains relevant and continues to focus on the inspectors' core competencies. As a part of this process, a few changes to note for those taking the API 570 exam from October 16 - November 6, 2020:
- There will be no preliminary scores for this administration.
- Final results will be released in February 2021 after the statistical analysis and pass point setting is completed for this administration.
An email reminder has been sent to all affected candidates. For further information, please visit our API 570 website.
September 14, 2020
ICP Regional Support in South East Asia
ICP staff will now be available to provide support to candidates in a more local time zone in South East Asia and surrounding areas from 8:30am - 4:30pm Korea Standard Time (KST). Candidates can utilize our 1(877) 562-5187 and select option 3 to speak directly to an ICP staff member during the specified time above. You can also still send any inquiries by email to Inspector@API.org.
ICP Program Support will still be available at regular North American business hours from 8:30am - 4:30pm EST. Visit the ICP Contact page for additional information.
April 13, 2020
Attention: Recertification Applications Amid COVID-19
ICP realizes that some inspectors may be facing hardships as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions and market fluctuations. Please reach out to ICP Program Support at Inspector@API.org or (202) 682-8064 for assistance in this matter. We ask that you submit your recertification application prior to the expiration date by selecting check or wire as your payment method to avoid any late fees or to call us if submitting the application after the expiration date.
March 18, 2020
Important Notice: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, there have been a number of test site closures by our test delivery provider, Prometric. In compliance with the latest guidance issued by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to close its testing centers in the United States and Canada until May 1st, 2020. API continues to monitor the situation and work closely with Prometric to take the best course of action for the health and safety of everyone involved.
If you have an upcoming exam, please check the Prometric site (www.prometric.com/closures) for the most updated status, even if your appointment shows as being active or you have received a notification about your exam. Because of the volume of all Prometric clients, including API testing candidates, there is a backlog in sending out the appropriate notices to individuals. If your site has been closed, we will work with you to reschedule. The situation is unfolding day by day, and we will work with all of our candidates on their exam appointments. We ask that you please be patient.
March 2, 2020
New: 1169 Web Quiz for Recertification
Beginning November 1, 2020, candidates interested in API 1169 recertification will require a web quiz. API 1169 certified inspectors can recertify every 3 years as normal, but will then be required to take a web quiz every 6 years, similar to the recertification process for the API 510, 570 and 653 programs. All certified inspectors who have held a certificate for 6 or more years will be prompted within their API acount to take the web quiz at the time of their next recertification. Please look to the API 1169 website for more specific details soon.
December 6, 2019
2020 Exam Updates
API has been conducting a Job Analysis to reevaluate the API 570 exam to ensure that it remains relevant and continues to focus on the inspectors' core competencies. New exam forms will be developed from this analysis and an updated passing point will have to be subsequently determined. As a part of this process, a few changes to note for the API 570 exam window in October 2020:
- There will be no preliminary scores for this administration.
- Final results will be delayed by several weeks and posted after statistical analysis and pass point setting is completed for this administration.
April 15, 2019
Attention - ICP Price Change
API will be implementing a price increase beginning on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. To see which prices are affected, please review this announcement for more information.
January 2, 2019
2019 Exam Updates
API has been conducting a Job Analysis study to reevaluate the 510/653/TES exams to ensure that they remain relevant and continue to focus on the inspectors' core competencies. New exam forms will be developed from this analysis and updated pass points will have to be subsequently determined. As a part of this process, a few changes to note for this year:
- Testing windows and application deadlines for the 510 and 653 exams for the end of 2019 will be shifted by a few weeks to accommodate the results from the evaluations. Please review the 2019 ICP Exam Schedule for exact dates.
- The following exams will not have preliminary scores:
- API TES in March 2019
- API 510 in September 2019
- API 653 in November 2019
- Final Results will be delayed by several weeks and posted after statistical analysis and pass point settings are completed for each of these exam administrations.
December 7, 2018
Attention - New Login System for ICP Portal
API will be launching a new login system for all ICP candidates called myAPI. Please make sure to use a valid email address as your login since an email verification is required. If you already have an ICP account, this will only affect the way you login to your account and all exam and application information will be retained. The release to the new site is scheduled for 9:30am EST on Monday, December 10th. Refer to the myAPI instructions for login procedures.
October 1, 2018
Important Notice - API 1169 Certification
Please be aware that an API-recognized certification may only be obtained directly through API by taking an API developed exam. These exams are administered only through API's contracted third party exam delivery provider (Prometric), and API does not authorize any other organizations to offer its exams on its behalf.
Once you become certified by API, your certificate is globally recognized, and your credentials can be verified in our online ICP directory (www.api.org/icpdirectory). There is no need to apply or register with another organizations' National Registry. If you have any questions about your certification, validating a certification, how to be certified or API 1169, please contact API's Individual Certification Programs (ICP) by phone (202-682-8064) or by email at Inspector@api.org.
August 3, 2018
Surpass Exam Delivery System
ICP is moving to a new exam content delivery system for all computer-based exams beginning with the August 2018 testing window. The new system, Surpass, will enhance the test taking experience for candidates with features like: a more user-friendly interface; increased functionalities; and ease of navigation within the exam. Because of this, the format of the score reports will also change to reflect Surpass's new scoring structure. Please visit the What to Expect on Exam Day section under the CBT Exams tab and the Exam Scoring tab to find out more and to view tutorials of the new system.
June 21, 2018
Notice: Certificate Printing Delay
API will not mail certificates until July 5th in order to accommodate a technical update. Until then, please note that all certified individuals can still print a copy of their certificates by navigating to the Print/Copy option on their certificate line in their main Account page. For any additional questions, please contact Inspector@api.org.
May 7, 2018
Attention: 1169 Exam Changes
API will be adding 15 pretest questions to the 1169 exam beginning with the August 2018 testing window. In total, there will be 115 questions, 100 that are scored and 15 that are not scored. Pretest items will not impact scoring or exam time. Using pretest items are a standard practice and helps determine if new questions are valid, reliable and fair to be used for scoring on future exams. They are currently included in the exam structure for other API exam certifications such the API 510, API 570, and API 653 programs. For more information about pretest questions, please refer to the Pretest FAQs.
May 7, 2018
Paper Based Testing (PBT) Announcement
API will be phasing out its Paper Based Testing (PBT) exams at Special sites. Given upcoming changes to exam content, paper based exams will no longer be possible after December 31, 2018. If you are interested in arranging a PBT before that time, the deadline to submit a request is August 5, 2018. Please note special accommodations may be considered for 50 or more candidates. For any questions, please contact the ICP Exam Coordinator.
May 7, 2018
New: 936 Web Quiz for Recertification
As of June 1, 2018, API 936 recertification will require a web quiz. The Subcommittee on Refractory Material has requested that each certified 936 refractory personnel be required to take a quiz with each 6 year recertification. API 936 certified personnel will recertify every 3 years as normal, and will be required to take a web quiz every 6 years, similar to the recertification process for the API 510, API 570 and API 653 programs. All certified personnel who have held their certificate for 6 or more years will be prompted within their API account to take the web quiz at the time of their next recertification. To view knowledge that will be covered on the web quiz, please review the 936 Recertification Publications Effectivity Sheet.
January 23, 2018
Attention: 570 Recertification Quiz Maintenance
On March 1st between 5:00am and 12:00pm Eastern Time, we will be updating the 570 recertification quiz questions in myicp.api.org to reflect the new BOKs and Effectivity Sheets. Please refrain from starting your recertification quiz during this time period.
December 5, 2017
Important Changes to Refund Policy
Effective January 1, 2018, the API Refund Policy for ICP applicants will be changed. Candidates who are marked as Unqualified on their application will no longer be eligible for a refund. To ensure you qualify, please review all Program Requirements before submitting an application. You may also review our Refund policy before submitting. If you have any questions regarding the change, please contact ICP at Inspector@api.org
November 17, 2017
Source Inspector Webinar
API recently teamed with Inspectioneering to host a webinar, "The Role of the Source Inspector in the Quality Assurance Process", which was presented by ICP Subject Matter Expert, John Reynolds. If you are interested in the Source Inspector Certification program and want to learn more, please take a look at the informative session here:
Source Inspectors are in high demand and low supply. The oil & gas and chemical processing industries need more qualified, competent, certified Source Inspec...
September 27, 2017
Attention: Changes to Exam Times
Starting with the October 2017 exam window, the total time allotted for candidates to complete the 510, 570, 653, TES, SI, 936, 580, 571, and 577 exams will reduced. Read the full announcement here.
August 11, 2017
Attention: Change to Refund Policy
Effective immediately, the API Refund Policy for ICP applicants has been updated. Please review the policy prior to submitting refund requests to confirm the eligibility of an applicant to receive a refund.
June 8, 2017
Attention: 653, 570 and 510 Recertification Quiz Maintenance
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, between 6:00am and 12:00pm Eastern Time, we will be updating the 653, 570 and 510 recertification quiz questions in myicp.api.org to reflect the new BOKs and Effectivity Sheets. Please refrain from starting your recertfication quizzes during this time period.
New ICP Certificates
Effective January 1, 2017 the management of API’s Individual Certification Programs (ICP) has transitioned from Tina Briskin to Andri Orphanides. Please be advised that certificates issued with Tina Briskin’s signature will remain valid until their expiration date. Going forward, certificates and wallet cards for new certifications, recertifications and reprints will bear the signature of Andri Orphanides. While new certificates and wallet cards are being printed, the mailing of certificates is delayed until mid-February.
March 25, 2016
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.
- IAQ1 and IAQ2 - Internal Auditor
- AQ1 and AQ2 – Auditor
- LAQ1 and LAQ2 - Lead Auditor
The first exams will be administered in the testing window of March 1 – 15, 2016
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.
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.
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.
ICP has been working very closely with our exam delivery provider, Prometric, to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and to take the best course of action for the health and safety of test takers, center staff and operators. The situation is unfolding day-by-day, so we ask that you be patient as we work with all of our candidates on their exam appointments.
Test Center Closures
- Prometric testing centers vary by city, region and country in closures, as well as the use of social distancing and quarantine measures. Please check the Prometric Site Status List to see if your local center is open before scheduling an exam. Additionally, candidates should confirm the testing center is open before their appointment, even if they have not received any cancellation email notifications from either ICP or Prometric.
- Candidates can confirm their exam by going to Prometric and clicking "Confirm" on the left hand side of the page and using their 16-digit Confirmation Number.
- At some testing centers, limited seating will be enforced. Promertic will enable every other seat to provide 6 feet of distance between candidates while testing.
- For the foreseeable future, all exam windows are impacted by social distancing measures dependent on center location. If you have difficulties locating seats for a testing window more than 3 months out, please continue to try to schedule your exam with Prometric on your own. If you have not successully scheduled your exam at least 2 months prior, please reach out to the ICP Exam Coodinator.
- If you are looking to reschedule your exam due to a test center closure or exam cancellation in your current window, please go to https://proscheduler.prometric.com/scheduling/testInformation and complete one of the following:
- Click "Schedule" and use your current Eligibility ID (6 digits)
- If your Eligibility ID does not work, click "Reschedule" and use your Confirmation Number (16 digits)
ICP has resumed the printing and shipping of hard copy certificates. Due to the limited amount of staff working in person at the API office, certificate delivery may be delayed. Additionally, conditions affecting local postal services may also delay certificate delivery.
Certification Opportunities for Veterans
The Individual Certification Programs at API have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMs). WEAMS is a centralized online database of approved license and certifications which allows active military, veterans and eligible spouses and dependents to receive funding when applying with their GI Bill® benefits.
If you qualify for the GI Bill, you can use a portion of the benefits to reimburse test fees up to $2,000 for a job that requires a certification to work. The $2,000 is the maximum fee allocation for one certification at a time. This allows candidates to apply for reimbursement for multiple certifications separately. To find out more information on how to use these benefits, please visit the VA website.
To find API certifications on the WEAMS database:
- Visit the WEAMS database site
- Type “API” into the L&C Name, choose “Certification” in the LAC Category Type dropdown list, and select “Wash DC” as state from the map.
- The approved API certifications will appear.
Process for Applying
- Confirm your Eligibility Status for the GI bill with your local VA.
- Visit ICP’s website for the certification process and to explore what programs you are qualified for.
- Create an account at Inspector.api.org and submit an application(s) for the ICP certification(s) you would like to pursue.
- Once your ICP application is approved, schedule your exam.
- After you have passed your exam and acquired your certification, please complete the following:
- Download and complete VA Form 22-0803. You must submit this to Veterans Affairs upon receipt of your certification to start the reimbursement process of the ICP Certification.
Eligible ICP Progams for WEAMS
- API 510 – Pressure Vessel Inspector
- API 570 – Piping Inspector
- API 653 – Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector
- API 571 – Corrosion and Materials
- API 577 – Welding Inspection and Metallurgy
- API 580 – Risk Based Inspection
- API 936 – Refractory Personnel
- API 1169 – Pipeline Inspector
- API SIEE – Source Inspection Electrical Equipment
- API SIFE – Source Inspection Fixed Equipment
- API SIRE – Source Inspection Rotating Equipment
- API QUPA – Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Phased Array)
- API QUSE – Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Sizing)
- API QUSE-PA – Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Crack Sizing)
- API QUTE – Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Detection)
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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