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API Partners With Brazil’s ABENDI On Non-Destructive Certification Testing

API’s Individual Certification Programs (ICP) is partnering with the Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Testing and Inspection (ABENDI) to administer exams for API practical certification programs across Latin America.

ABENDI will proctor and administer exams for ICP’s Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification program for Brazil and Latin America, as a first step in taking ICP’s non-destructive exam (NDE) international.

Exams for the Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification programs (QUTE, QUSE, QUPA, QUSE-PA and QUTE-TM) are administered using a hands-on, performance demonstration testing method.

“The partnership with ABENDI will help launch API’s Qualification of Ultrasonic Testing Examiners certification programs on an international scale,” said ICP Director Andri Orphanides. “This will help bring the benefits of a globally recognized certification program for the natural gas and oil industry to Latin American inspectors to help expand their portfolio.”

Tens of thousands of inspectors who hold ABENDI NDE certifications can validate their knowledge specific to the oil and gas industry through API's NDE certification, giving them greater opportunities to work in the natural gas and oil industry both inside and outside of Brazil.

The first ABENDI-administered exams will be held in December. More information about the exam schedule can be found on the API ICP website.

ICP provides the petroleum and petrochemical industries with an independent way to evaluate the knowledge and experience of technical and inspection personnel. Certification programs are based on API’s industry-developed standards that are recognized and used 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 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 is a U.S.-based nonprofit association that supports all segments of the oil and natural gas industry through standards and safety programs. API was founded in 1919 as a standards development organization and has developed more than 800 standards to enhance quality, operational and environmental safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

ABENDI is a technical-scientific institution that works in the project management of research, development and innovation, training, qualification and certification, technical standardization and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of non-destructive testing, inspections, rope access, sanitation and infrastructure, quality and environment, and monitoring.

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