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API Specification Q1 9th Ed. Practitioner Training - Presented by Aston Technical Consulting Services LLC


When: May 23, 2022 - May 25, 2022

Where: Virtual Live Training (Central Standard Time)

Registration fee (per attendee): $1,795

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Course Summary:

The landscape of our changing work environment is facilitating the need to improve the way the industry approaches the management of quality. The API Spec. Q1, 9th Edition Training Course is a four day course that frames the management system requirements in a managerial and business prospective and will provide you with a working understanding of the 9th Edition requirements.

About the Instructor:

Bill Aston has more than 50 years of experience in the oil and gas industry as a quality professional. His past experiences include assisting companies in developing API and ISO quality management systems, training and development of QMS auditors, welding inspectors, and NDE personnel to obtain certifications. As a consultant, Bill has helped companies establish procedures and programs to manage risk, contingency planning, supplier quality, QMS, process, product, and design package audits. Since 2004, Bill has provided support services to organizations seeking API Q1 certification and various API product monogram licenses. Bill's credentials as a trainer include API-U Approved Trainer, Exemplar Global Recognized Training Provider, and PECB Certified Trainer. Bill also maintains current certifications as an Exemplar Global Master Auditor, PECB Lead Auditor, and ASQ Certified Quality Auditor. As a quality professional, he has extensive knowledge of all phases of QA/QC, Risk management, the mechanical inspection of process and rotating equipment, process piping and onshore and offshore pipelines, pressure vessels, welding inspection, and NDE. Bill is a voting member of the API Quality Subcommittee 18, API Supply Chain Management Subcommittee 20, and US TAG to ISO TC 176.

All Course Inquiries Please Contact:

Email: or call (936) 653-5257.

Course Highlights:

You will be given insight as to the drivers behind Q1’s importance and its value in the Oil & Natural Gas Industry. Using practical examples and hands-on application, this course is designed to progressively give you introductory to advanced knowledge of Q1’s requirements and interpretations, which includes the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.

This course is an extension of the Fundamentals course and is ideal for Q1 practitioners. Course topics primarily include sections: (4) Quality Management System Requirements; (5) Product Realization; and (6) Quality Management System Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Improvement. Particular key areas of study include the following: 

  • An introduction on the API and overview of the API Monogram Program
  • Catalysts necessitating changes to the 9th Edition
  • Q1's layout and terminology / definitions / abbreviations, as well as their application
  • Normative references
  • Product specifications
  • The "process approach" to quality management
  • Quality objectives
  • Management responsibility
  • Competency requirements
  • Control of documents
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Design input
  • Contingency planning
  • Calibration, accuracy vs. minimum test pressures
  • Management of change (MOC)
  • Customer satisfaction process
  • Internal audits
  • Corrective action and root cause analysis
  • Annex A

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe Importance of API Spec Q1 to oil and gas industry
  • Understand the Legal Requirements of Q1
  • Identify Quality Management System Requirements
  • Apply Planning requirements for Product Realization (5.1 – 5.3)
  • Understand Design and Development within quality management systems
  • Analyze and Create Contingency Planning
  • Identify QMS Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Improvement
  • Define API’s Monogram program requirements
  • Apply the principles of Risk Assessment & Management
  • Analyze and Development Contingency Plans
  • Evaluate and Create a Management of Change plan

Who Should Attend:

  • API Monogram Licensees and Applicants
  • Quality System Auditors
  • Quality Assurance Personnel and Management Representatives
  • Manufacturers of Oilfield Equipment
  • Personnel involved in Supplier Evaluation Activities
  • Oil Company Personnel involved with Specifying Equipment Requirements

CEUs and Certificates:

This course is accredited by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training. Participants meeting the requirements of the course will be awarded the following:

CEUs: 2.2

Certificate: A certificate is available upon successful completion of the course and an 80% or higher score on the exam.

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