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Inspection Training

API’s suite of inspection training courses focuses on providing the learner with practical knowledge and competencies relevant to petroleum and petrochemical inspection personnel. Training is available in a variety of instructional modalities including face-to-face, live virtual and on-demand eLearning. Courses can be counted toward Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours for API Individual Certification Programs (ICP) recertification requirements.

 

API 510 & RP 572: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code and Practices

Upcoming Dates: June 12-13, November 13-14

This course is designed for novice inspectors, engineers and other personnel who are starting, changing or expanding their careers and want to be introduced to the API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspection & Repair Code and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 572. The course is conducted on WebEx Meetings and instructed by CASTI.

CPDs: up to 12 hours

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API 570 & RP 574: Piping Inspection Code and Practices

Upcoming Dates: June 14-15, November 15-16

This course is designed for novice inspectors, engineers and other personnel who are starting, changing or expanding their careers and want to be introduced to the API 570 Piping Inspection & Repair Code and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 574. The course is conducted on WebEx Meetings and instructed by CASTI.

CPDs: up to 12 hours

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API 653 & RP 575: Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection Code and Practice

Upcoming Dates: September 25-26

This course is designed for novice inspectors, engineers and other personnel who are starting, changing or expanding their careers and want to be introduced to the API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection & Repair Code and the inspection practices outlined in API RP 575. The course is conducted on WebEx Meetings and instructed by CASTI.

CPDs: up to 12 hours

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RP 578 PMI: Guidelines and Application Procedures for API-RP 578 Positive Material Identification (PMI) Using XRF & OES Technologies

The course is covered in 2-day sessions of instruction on both classroom theory and field testing procedures through: (1) Understanding API RP 578 Guidelines and (2) Application of Proper PMI Testing Procedures. Instructed by Analytical Training Consultants, an API-U Preferred Provider.

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Fitness-for-Service

This Fitness-For-Service training course will provide attendees with an introduction to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. This training course covers all of the sections of API 579-1/ASME FFS-1 with a focus on the Level 1 and Level 2 assessment procedures. This course provides a discussion on damage mechanisms and the importance of identification, inspection techniques for flaw characterization, and an overview of remaining life, remediation, and methods to extend the life of damaged equipment. Instructed by Equity Engineering Group, an API-U Preferred Provider.

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Pressure Relieving Systems

This Pressure Relieving Systems training course will provide attendees with practical experience involving Pressure Relief Devices (PRDs). This training course covers identification of overpressure scenarios, determination of required relieving rates, and the proper sizing, selection, and installation of PRDs to ensure adequate overpressure protection is provided and reduce hazards if a PRD discharges. The course content includes 3% inlet pressure drop requirements, sizing of PRDs in two-phase flashing service, and operation of PRDs and the effects of back pressure on valve stability and performance. In addition to the API 520/521 Standards (including content from the newly published 2020 editions), the course also covers protection of atmospheric storage tanks per API 2000 Standard and boilers per ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, Section I. The instructors will discuss the background and logic behind the document procedures and intersperse some example problems. Instructed by Equity Engineering Group, an API-U Preferred Provider.

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Damage Mechanisms

This Damage Mechanisms training course covers an overview of basic metallurgy and a description of the most common refining processes. Its major focus includes detailed discussions of the key refining damage mechanisms addressed in API RP 571 and examples of equipment damage and failures. It also includes discussion of typical Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) methods applicable for detection of damage related to the specific damage mechanisms. Many problems can be prevented or eliminated if the precursors to damage are observed and monitored so that any potential damage is mitigated. This training course will teach attendees to identify damage mechanisms and potential risk areas. The instructors will discuss the background and logic behind the document and provide relevant case histories. Instructed by Equity Engineering Group, an API-U Preferred Provider.

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Risk-Based Inspection

This Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) training course provides attendees with a basic understanding of RBI principles and methodologies given in API RP 580 and 581. With a heavy emphasis on API RP 581 technology, students learn how to apply RBI technology to processing equipment by determining the probability of failure, the consequence of failure, and risk, as well as how to plan the equipment’s next inspection based on risk. Additionally, the instructors facilitate discussions on developing an RBI program using industry best practices to avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when implementing and maintaining your RBI program. Typical risk reduction and the benefits of shifting from a time or condition-based inspection program to an RBI approach are also presented. Finally, the instructors present a detailed, comprehensive example problem to demonstrate the step-by-step risk calculations for a typical pressure vessel using the methodology of API RP 581. Instructed by Equity Engineering Group, an API-U Preferred Provider.

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API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code Course

This 9-module eLearning course trains inspectors and technicians on the general knowledge necessary to be a better API 510 Inspector. The course can be taken as a whole curriculum, or you may purchase individual modules. Courses are eligible for CPDs and CEUs.

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API RP 570: Piping Inspection Code Course

This 10-module eLearning course trains inspectors and technicians on the general knowledge necessary to be a better API 510 Inspector. The course can be taken as a whole curriculum, or you may purchase individual modules. Courses are eligible for CPDs and CEUs.

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API RP 572: Introduction to Pressure Vessel Inspection Practices

This course is designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about the practice of pressure vessel inspection, as described in API Recommended Practice 572. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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API RP 576: Introduction to Inspection of Pressure-Relieving Devices

This course is designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about the practice of inspection of pressure-relieving devices, as described in API Recommended Practice 576. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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API RP 577: Introduction to Welding Processes, Inspection, and Metallurgy for Inspectors

This course is designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about welding processes, inspection, and metallurgy, as described in API Recommended Practice 577. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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ASME Section IX – Procedure Qualification

This four-part course will introduce the learner to welding procedure qualification (PQR) based on the requirements of ASME Code Section IX. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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ASME Section V - Introduction to NDE Basics

This course is designed for inspectors, engineers, and other personnel who want to learn more about the "more common" nondestructive testing methods and requirements in ASME Section V. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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ASTM Standards: Carbon & Alloy Steels

This virtual training course is designed for all individuals who work with steels. You will learn how carbon steels, low-alloy steels, and alloy steels are addressed in ASTM Standards, improving your ability to identify steels for a given application; and by using ASTM Standards, understand the technical requirements for each type of steel, as well as meaningfully evaluate supplied steel chemistry and mechanical properties. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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ASTM Standards: Making Steel Plate, Pipe, Shapes, & Forgings

This virtual training course is designed for all individuals who work with steels. You will learn how common steel wrought products, such as: rolled, forged, tubular, and wire products are made; and by using ASTM Standards improve your ability to understand how the product’s mechanical properties are developed through steelmaking practices, chemical composition, inclusion control, and forming methods. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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Intro to ASME Section IX – Performance Qualification

This three-part course will introduce the learner to welding performance qualification (WPQ) based on requirements of ASME Code Section IX. Eligible to earn CPDs toward ICP recertification.

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The Mechanical Integrity Professional Academy courses are a joint initiative by Inspectioneering Training and the American Petroleum Institute. These foundational short courses range from 1 - 3 hours in length and are delivered by MI professionals with deep domain expertise and industry knowledge. Each course provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours, which satisfy API's ICP recertification requirements.

Equipment Inclusion

In this on-demand video course, you will learn how to effectively identify the equipment that should be included in a facility's process safety management (PSM) program, specifically the facility’s mechanical integrity (MI) program. The instructor will provide guidance on the different criteria that should be considered when determining which equipment to include in a program. You will also learn about the various “layers of protection” in preventing a loss of primary containment (LOPC) and how to work through them to identify equipment that should be included. Furthermore, you will delve into the different types of equipment and learn how to break down those pieces of equipment into smaller components. By analyzing the components of each equipment type, you will be able to determine which ones can be excluded from the program.

To further enhance your learning, the course includes a final exam and a workshop at the end where you will apply the concepts covered in the course. You will be provided with a process and its details and asked to determine which types of equipment from that process should be included in a safe and compliant program.

CPDs: 1

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Damage Mechanisms

This on-demand video course aims to enhance your understanding of damage mechanisms and their impact on mechanical integrity in facilities. It provides an overview of API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry—the industry's primary resource on damage mechanisms.

The course covers reactor effluent cooler (REAC) systems, a very dangerous system in oil refineries. You will also gain a better understanding of two dangerous damage mechanisms: sulfidation and high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA). Additionally, the course covers damage mechanisms affecting Amine Units, a comparison of inspection compliance programs with inspection excellence programs, and a brief overview of the most pervasive damage mechanism in our industry: external corrosion.

CPDs: 1

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Pressure Relief Devices

This on-demand video course provides an introduction to the basics of pressure relief devices (PRDs) for mechanical integrity professionals. Topics covered include a review of pertinent codes and standards for pressure relief, recognition of PRD installation issues, mitigation of deficiencies that cause pressure relief valve (PRV) instability, maintaining PRV reliability through best practices in inspection and testing, and finally, a discussion on procedures to prevent overpressure during maintenance.

CPDs: 1.5

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NDE Technologies

This on-demand video course provides an overview of nondestructive examination (NDE) technologies for degradation monitoring of assets. This course covers key topics such as NDE testing goals (i.e., what do you want to get out of NDE) and current NDE technologies such as radiography (RT), ultrasonics (UT), eddy current (EC), and more. Additionally, the course will address common damage mechanisms and their morphologies, choosing the appropriate NDE method for specific damage mechanisms, and effectively acquiring NDE data.

Whether you're new to NDE technologies or seeking to expand your knowledge, this course provides an overview and practical understanding of how to monitor asset degradation effectively.

CPDs: 1.25

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Fitness-for-Service

This 1-hour course offers an introduction to Fitness-for-Service (FFS) assessments. An FFS assessment is a multidisciplinary engineering analysis of equipment to determine whether it is fit for continued service, usually until the next shutdown. This concise course explains the concept of Fitness-for-Service (FFS), discusses FFS and Lifecycle Management (LCM) Principles, briefly reviews the history and development of API 579-1 / ASME FFS-1 (the current Fitness for Service document), highlights opportunities for Fitness-for-Service, and provides an overview of API 579-1.

CPDs: 1.00

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Fixed Equipment Inspection Practices

This course offers an understanding of the key recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEPs) for the design and inspection, testing, and preventive maintenance (ITPM) of fixed equipment, specifically storage tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchange equipment, and piping. It is one of several courses offered by the Mechanical Integrity Professional (MIP) Academy, a joint training initiative between the American Petroleum Institute and Inspectioneering Training Solutions.

CPDs: 1.5

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Risk-Based Inspection

This course offers an understanding of API RP 580/581 Risk-Based Inspection. It is one of several courses offered by the Mechanical Integrity Professional Academy, a joint training initiative between the American Petroleum Institute and Inspectioneering Training Solutions. This course provides a general overview of Risk-Based Inspection focusing on the fundamental concepts of mitigating risk through inspection. Topics covered will include an introduction to risk and uncertainty, and how they relate to Risk-Based Inspection planning; an overview of API RP 580; an overview of API RP 581; Probability of Failure; Consequence of Failure; and risk calculations and inspection planning.

CPDs: 1.25

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