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API AQ2 - Auditor Q2

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Are you qualified to take the API Auditor Q2 exam?

Prior to submitting an application, please use the information below to determine if you qualify to take an API Auditor Certification exam. The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application.

The qualification requirements for all API Auditor certifications are defined in terms of five criteria.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for EACH of the five criteria.
  1. Education
  2. Oil and gas industry experience
  3. QMS-related work experience
  4. Special training
  5. Auditing experience

Minimum Requirements Additional Info
1. Education 4-year College Degree
High School diploma AND 10 yrs. general oil and gas work experience
• High School is defined as 11-12 full years of schooling prior to college/university entrance
• Diplomas must be translated officially into English
2. Oil and gas industry experience in any capacity With 4-yr College Degree: 5 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry
With a High School Diploma: 10 yrs. oil and gas work experience
• Includes work with oil/gas companies, or with equipment manufacturers and service companies that supply the oil and gas industry
3. Quality Management Systems (QMS) experience 3 years QMS experience in the past 5 years
Includes any the following QMS experience in any industry:
• Quality Control
• Quality Assurance
• QMS/Processes Implementation
• Quality Auditing
• Inspection/Testing
• Application of the various Quality Improvement Tools and Techniques (SPC, DOE, MSA, Lean Manufacturing, RCA, CPAR, etc.)
4. Special Training
API-U (or equivalent) API Spec Q2
~ AND ~

Lead Auditor Training in the past 3 years

If either training above occurred more than 3 years prior to the application, then supplemental auditing experience of 10 audits with a minimum of 30 days is required.
Acceptable training includes:
• Courses that require attendees to take an examination at the end
• Course certificate must indicate successful completion.
• Lead Auditor courses need to be at least 3 days (24 hrs. total) duration
• Spec Q2 courses need to be at least 3 days (24 hrs. total) duration
• The training courses may be taken together as long as they meet the combined minimum course duration.
5. Auditing Experience
At least 5 audits with a total of 15 days
If Lead Auditor/Q2 training occurred longer than 3 years prior to the application, applicant needs 10 audits with a minimum of 30 days.
Auditing experience:
• Must have been full system or complete audits
• Must have been performed in an organization not related to the applicant
• Must have been within 3 yrs. before application

Audits that are NOT accepted:
• Audits of less than one-day (8 hrs.) duration
• Re-audits or follow up audits to verify implementation of corrective actions
• Gap analysis audits

Questions on the API Auditor Q2 Certification examination are derived from the publications listed in the Publications Effectivity Sheet.

API A-Q2 Publications Effectivity Sheet For 2020 exams

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

PDF Icon API A-Q2 Body of Knowledge For 2020 exams

Fill out one of these forms for every audit that you list on the Auditor Logs page of your online application. Then upload them into the application on that same page.

PDF Icon Audit Details Form

The API Auditor Q2 exam is 4 hours long and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions, testing applicants’ auditing skills and understanding of API Spec Q2 requirements. Applicants must receive passing scores in both the auditing and Q2 sections individually in order to be certified. Tests are administered at Prometric computer testing centers worldwide. Papers and reference materials are not allowed in the examination rooms.

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API AQ2 Recertification Requirements

API Auditor Q2 certified auditors will need to apply for recertification every three years and provide the following:
  1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities
  2. Audit performance

Code of Conduct CPD Audits
Sign new declaration upon application for recertification.

36 hours over the past 3 years

Provide a Description of Activity:
  • Describe the activity you participated in or the work you performed. Examples: participation in industry-related educational courses either as a trainer or student; presenter, speaker or resource person in a meeting, conference, workshop, forum, etc.; work on an API committee; paper/article published in a technical publication (the hours claimed will be the amount of time writing the paper)
  • Describe the knowledge that you acquired from the activity. Examples: auditing skills, API Spec Q1/Q2; industry product manufacturing processes, such as welding, NDE, threading, machining, etc.
3 audits for a total 5 days per year

Audit Requirements:
  • Audits and days are per year
  • Cannot be all in one year
  • Must be documented in Audit Log PDF Icon Audit Details Form
  • Acceptable audits same as for initial certification

  • You may apply for recertification 90 days prior to the certification expiration date. Apply online in the ICP Portal.
  • API also allows a 90-day grace period for submitting a recertification application. Late fees will apply.
  • If an application is not submitted by the end of the 90-day grace period, the certification will expire. A new application and fees must be submitted, and the candidate must pass a full examination in order to be recertified. Circumstances such as heavy work schedule or work in other countries or remote areas do not relieve the inspector/examiner of the responsibility to file a timely renewal application.

The API Auditor Certification Program includes six certification products on three levels of proficiency. Each of these three certification levels can be obtained in either API Spec Q1 or Spec Q2.

  1. IA-Q1 and IA-Q2 - Internal Auditor
    • Internal Auditors conduct audits, either of “partial” or full systems within an organization, or on behalf of an organization that employs them. Audits may include supplier audits performed as part of the organization’s QMS requirements.
    • This program has a minimum level of qualifications, including the completion of a series of training program requirements.
  2. A-Q1 and A-Q2 – Auditor
    • Auditors conduct full system audits alone or as part of an audit team. Audits may include 1st, 2nd or 3rd party audits as long as each audit is a full system audit.
    • Program qualification requirements include the completion of a predetermined amount of audit days as part of an Audit Team.
  3. LA-Q1 and LA-Q2 - Lead Auditor
    • Lead Auditors manage and lead audit teams of two or more auditors performing a full system audit. Audit team members may not necessarily audit all requirements individually, but the team must collectively audit against all requirements of the standard.
    • Program qualifications include the completion of predetermined amount of audits in an Audit Team Leader role.

These auditor certifications allow both company personnel and self-employed individuals to apply for, train, test, and become certified in various quality management related certification programs by an independent body - API.

Certified individuals will obtain recognition both within their own company and within the oil and gas industry. Given API’s history, brand and expertise in the quality management certification space, such a certification is extremely valuable to substantiate the auditor position within the oil and gas industry as a properly recognized and credentialed auditing professional.

The API Auditor Certifications are valid for three years. Exams begin March 2016.