API 570-Authorized pipeline inspector

API 570-Authorized pipeline inspector


API offers a 570 certification through their Individual Certification Program. The purpose of the certification is to identify individuals that possess broad knowledge in maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of in-service metallic piping systems. In order to receive the certification, applicants must pass a two part — one closed-book and one open-book — examination.


Course Objective:

This course is designed to prepare the student for the API 570 Piping Inspector Examination The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • To explain the design fundamentals of Piping.
  • Effectively use major codes: ASME B16.5 & B31.3
  • To find out MAWP, Flange ratings, Retirement thickness for pipes, fittings,& valves
  • Choose Most cost-effective approach towards making the 3 ‘R’ decisions i.e. Repair Rerate, or Replace.
  • Review welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and welder performance qualifications (WPQ)


In order to take the exam, applicants must meet minimum education and experience requirements. All applicants must have at least 1 year of experience supervising or performing inspection activities described in API 570. In order to maintain certification, pressure vessel inspectors must apply for re certification every 3 years. Education and specific experience requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants with no formal education can apply to sit for the exam after acquiring 5 years of relevant industry experience.
  • An applicant with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply after acquiring 3 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Applicants with 2 year degrees or certificates in engineering or technology require 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Those holding a Bachelor of Science degree or higher must have 1 year of relevant experience.
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