API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspector


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Please note that TBC dates are planned for residential delivery but will be delivered online if required. 

RINA's online and residential training course helps delegates prepare for the API 510: Certified Vessel Inspector examinations.

Topics covered by the RINA API 510 training course include vessel certification requirements and the types and definitions of vessel maintenance inspections; remaining life and inspection intervals are also touched upon. Delegates learn to recognise vessel corrosion and deterioration and how to work with vessel relief devices. They are instructed in maintenance inspection safety practices and how to generate thorough inspection records and reports. Code calculation for in-service degraded pressure vessels (including repairs and re-rating), vessel weld joint efficiencies and weld joint categories are also reviewed. Delegates are taught how to conduct internal and external pressure calculations and they are made aware of impact test requirements as well as the pressure testing requirements which are necessary after repairs.

RINA courses are run in the weeks immediately prior to each exam window so that delegates can benefit from concentrated practice and support in preparation for the exam. Please note, RINA does not book API examinations for the delegates: they must do this directly with API. 

To become an API certified inspector, delegates are required to meet the criteria set by API and pass the formal examinations at an authorised API examination centre.

For those wishing to undertake the API 510 examinations specific to vessel inspectors, RINA  offers a stringent training programme with two stages:

  • Preliminary distance learning modules
  • A full-time residential classroom course reviewing the topics covered in an API 510 exam and offering revision sessions and mock examinations**.

Delegates must undergo an assessment procedure to attend this course.

What is API?

The American Petroleum Institute (API) offers a certification programme for individual in-service inspectors handling the in-service inspection of pressure vessels, pipework and storage tanks. API also manages an expansive catalogue of API “codes” which standardise practice. The programme is a legal requirement for many US states, however, the extension of US ownership to include international facilities and onshore plants along with the lack of a similarly broad scope of recognised standards in other countries has resulted in the wide adoption of API practice within international plant industries. Thus, many UK regulatory authorities also use these codes to assess evidence of inspector competence. The API certification programme is broken down into a series of API schemes, known as Individual Certification Programmes (ICPs), of which API 510 is one.

Interested in in-company training?  We can provide this course at your site. Please contact the Training Team for more information at

**API 510 normally involves a 3-month online self-study element followed by an 8-day classroom course. Where necessary during Covid, we are running the API 510 course fully online, with the 3 months self-study followed by a 5-day live webinar course.

Upcoming course dates


6th Jun - 9th Sep 2022

API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspector

Location:  online training

online: 3 months online self-study
classroom: Full course currently available online during Covid, otherwise 8 days residential

Price (ex VAT): £2,550.00 £1,912.50

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Course trainers

Jacek Kajda Technical Trainer/Principal Consultant (Materials), RINA

Jacek is a qualified Metallurgist/Materials Scientist with a PhD in corrosion. He works as a Principal Consultant for RINA. With over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry, Jacek’s work experience includes failure analysis investigation, condition assessment, material and corrosion testing, material selection, corrosion management and the delivery of API and ASME training courses.

Gustavo Maio Technical Trainer/Senior Integrity Consultant, RINA

Gustavo is a Materials Engineer with over 13 years’ experience in mechanical integrity.  His skills include stress analysis and fitness for service assessments (in line with API 579); verification of assets design as per international codes (ASME VIII, ASME B31.4, & B31.8); technical support for corrosion control and materials selection; development and improvement of Integrity Management Programs (including RBI assessments); assets field inspection including in-situ metallographic replication (upstream and downstream, on and off shore); advising on NDE techniques. Gustavo’s API certifications include: API ICP 580 and API ICP 510.


Perry Pounds Technical Trainer

Perry has over 40 years of experience in the inspection, repair and fabrication of refinery equipment. He has held senior positions within the inspection field in both refining companies and process organisations.