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API QUTE - Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Detection)

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Are you qualified to take the API QUTE 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.

Exam Content

  1. The API QUTE Ultrasonic Testing Examiners (Detection) 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.
  4. Please review all documentation below prior to exam day, which includes:
    • Samples' geometry and presentation
    • Testing procedures
    • Blank exam forms
    • Grading criteria
    • Equipment requirements
    • Required paperwork
    • Security
    • Other FAQs

Test Procedures and Exam Report Forms

Exam Day

  1. Examinations for the Ultrasonic Testing Examiners programs are administered using the hands-on, performance demonstration testing method.
  2. The test is conducted over a 1 day, 8-hour period at the SJC Center for Petrochemical, Energy and Technology in Pasadena, Texas.
  3. QUTE Candidate Orientation
  4. Proper attire - Please note that CPET requires all API exam candidates to wear long pants, shirts with sleeves, and closed toe shoes (steel-toed recommended). Also, remember to bring any PPE that may be required by exam-specific guidelines. 
  5. When you arrive at CPET, park in the front in any spot that is not labeled "Visitor" or "Faculty". Enter through the main entrance of the building (look for the flag poles). Once inside, you will be given a parking permit to place on your dashboard for the duration of your visit.

Additional Resources

  1. SJC Central Campus Map
  2. Learn more about Exam Day 
  3. Examination Policies & Notifications
  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)
  • Long Seam Pipeline (LSP)

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

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