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API QUPA - Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Phased Array)

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Are you qualified to take the API QUPA exam?

The API Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification programs (QUTE, QUSE, QUPA, QUSE-PA and QUTE-TM) are open to any applicant with a current or previous certification in ASNT UT Level II, Level III, or equivalent. The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application.

Candidates will need to successfully complete a performance demonstration examination for their specific program.

  1. The API QUPA Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Phased Array) certification exam focuses on the detection and characterization of defects associated with welds in carbon steel or low alloy materials. In particular, defect population may include porosity, lack of fusion, incomplete penetration, center line cracking, root cracks, side wall crack, toe crack, slag, or placebos.
  2. This exam covers plate and pipe geometries in the 0.5 to 1-inch thickness range.
    • For the plate geometry, both single and double Vee welds are included.
    • On the 8 and 12 inch pipe geometry, only single Vee welds are included. Approximately 75 linear inches of weld are presented for inspection and documentation.
  3. The candidate will be expected to detect flaws, position them with respect to the weld, identify and sketch the flaw position within the weld.

It is imperative that you review all documentation below prior to exam day. These documents include information regarding:
  • Samples' geometry and presentation
  • Blank exam forms
  • Grading criteria
  • Equipment requirements
  • Required paperwork
  • Security
  • Other frequently asked questions

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Exam Report Forms

These are actual forms that will be used during the examination. We strongly encourage you to closely examine these forms in preparation for the examination.

PDF Icon  QUPA Calibration Data Sheet
PDF Icon  QUPA Equipment Inventory List
PDF Icon  QUPA Single V Report Form
PDF Icon  QUPA Double V Report Form

Examinations for the Ultrasonic Testing Examiners programs are administered using the hands-on, performance demonstration testing method.

The test is conducted over a 1 day, 8-hour period at the San Jacinto College 225 Campus in Pasadena, Texas.

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Examination Policies & Notifications: Policies

  1. The certification term for API Ultrasonic Testing Examiners is three years.
  2. Full testing is required for recertification every 6 years.
  3. You may apply for recertification 90 days prior to the certification expiration date. Apply online in the ICP Portal.
  4. API also allows a 90-day grace period for submitting a recertification application. Late fees will apply.
  5. 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 availability of high quality and accurate Ultrasonic Testing (UT) data is often the cornerstone for FFS and RBI decisions, and it is becoming increasingly important for those applications. Therefore in the industry’s best interest, API implemented a Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification program to assist in defining the minimum criteria for assessing the performance of UT technicians.

Exams for these programs are administered differently than other ICP certifications. They utilize the hands-on, performance demonstration testing method.

Certifications included in this program are:

  • QUTE (Detection)
  • QUPA (Phased Array)
  • QUSE (Sizing)
  • QUSE-PA (Crack Sizing)
  • QUTE-TM (Thickness Measurement)

API Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certifications are valid for three-year terms.