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API Specification Q2 Practitioner Training - Presented by Aston Technical Consulting Services LLC


When: November 14, 2022 - November 16, 2022

Where: Virtual Live Training (Central Standard Time)

Registration fee (per attendee): $2,250

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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. API Spec. Q2 was developed to address quality management systems for the service supply organizations for the upstream petroleum and natural gas industries. This four-day training frames the management system requirements in a managerial and business prospective and will provide you with a working understanding of the document’s 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 Q2'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 Q2 requirements and interpretations.

This course is a one-day extension of the three-day Q2 Fundamentals course and is ideal for practitioners. The Q2 course topics primarily include sections: (4) Quality Management System Requirements; (5) Service Execution; and (6) Quality Management System Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis and Improvement. In addition, the Practitioner course covers the critical clauses and controls, teaches service providers how to properly develop, deploy, implement and sustain the specification and teaches operators how to review and audit for maximum effectiveness. In this course we discuss the fundamentals and thoroughly examine the key controls within the standard and how to apply them to eliminate risk while improving operations. Particular key areas of study include the following:

  • Q2's layout and terminology / definitions / abbreviations, as well as their application
  • Normative references
  • The "process approach" to quality management
  • Quality objectives
  • Management responsibility
  • Competency requirements
  • Control of documents
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Service design
  • Contingency planning
  • Calibration, accuracy vs. minimum test pressures
  • Management of change (MOC)
  • Customer satisfaction process
  • Internal audits
  • Corrective action and root cause analysis

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify the scope of API Spec Q2
  • Understand allowable exclusions in API Spec Q2
  • Understand audit criteria using the requirements found in the API Q2 specification
  • Apply the principles of Risk Assessment & Management
  • Analyze and Development Contingency Plans
  • Evaluate and Create a Management of Change plan
  • Implement a quality management systems plan based on the requirements of API Spec Q2

Who Should Attend:

  • Applicants for APIQR Q2 Registration
  • Quality System Auditors
  • Quality Assurance Personnel and Management Representatives
  • Well-site service providers
  • 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 of completion will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the requirements of the class and receive a passing rate of 80% or higher on the student assessment.

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