API 570: Pipework Inspector

RINA's online and residential training course assists delegates in preparing for the API 570: Certified Pipework Inspector examinations.

Topics covered by the RINA API 570 training course include code calculations and inspection intervals for new and degraded pipework and thickness calculations of pipes and blanks. Delegates are taught the basics of hydraulic, pneumatic and leak testing, as well as test requirements and exemptions. Delegates study minimum wall thickness, working pressure and temperature requirements for pipework flanges. The course builds upon the general rules for welding by providing in-depth knowledge of weld heat treatment requirements and Welding Procedure Specification (WPS)/Procedure Qualification Record (PQR) evaluation. Delegates also learn about the Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) requirements of ASME BPVC Section V and Positive Material Identification (PMI) requirements and procedures.

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 Consulting 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 formal examinations taken at an authorised API examination centre.

For those wishing to undertake the API 570 examinations specific to pipework 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 570 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 570 is one.

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