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API SIFE - Source Inspector Fixed Equipment

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Are you qualified to take the API SIFE exam?

The API SIFE Source Inspector Fixed Equipment certification is open to applicants with any experience in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, as well as applicants wanting to gain industry experience.

To obtain an API SIFE certification, candidates will need to pass the Source Inspector Fixed Equipment examination.

The API SIFE Source Inspector Fixed Equipment certification exam tests the applicant’s core knowledge in relevant standards/codes, inspection reference documents, source inspection practices, manufacturing processes, and inspection tools and methods. The focus of the exam is on source inspection issues and activities rather than design or engineering knowledge contained in the reference standards.

Questions on the API SIFE exam are derived from the publications listed in the Effectivity Sheet.

API SIFE Publications Effectivity Sheet


Refer to the API SIFE Study Guide for the specific topics included in the exam.

PDF Icon  Guide for Source Inspection and Quality Surveillance of Fixed Equipment English version

PDF Icon  Guide for Source Inspection and Quality Surveillance of Fixed Equipment Chinese version


  1. The API SIFE exam is 3.25 hours long.
  2. There are 100 questions, all multiple-choice and closed-book. Paper and reference materials are not allowed into the examinations.

 

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  1. The certification term for API SIFE Source Inspector Fixed Equipment is three years.
  2. At this time, employment verification is not required to recertify.
  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 API Source Inspector certification program was developed in cooperation with industry experts. It qualifies individuals (employees of end-users and individual contractors) who perform the important task of supplier quality surveillance. The Source Inspector has been defined as the individual responsible for:
  • Examining fabricated and manufactured equipment and materials at a supplier’s facility
  • Confirming that the supplier’s quality management system is being utilized effectively

SIFE - Source Inspector Fixed Equipment focuses primarily on pressure containing equipment and structural equipment, including: vessels, columns/towers, heat exchangers, piping, valves, pressure relief devices, tubulars, and associated structural fabrications.

The API SIFE certification is valid for a three-year term.


Other Source Inspector Certifications:
  1. The API SIRE - Source Inspector Rotating Equipment certification focuses primarily on Rotating Equipment, including but not limited to: pumps, gears, compressors, turbines and associated appurtenances.
  2. The SIEE - Source Inspector Electrical Equipment covers inspection of electrical material and equipment.