API 571: Damage Mechanisms (DMs)

RINA’s  online training course helps delegates prepare for the API 571: Damage Mechanisms (DMs) examination. API 571 is aimed at inspectors who currently possess an in-service inspection certification, such as API 510, API 570 and API 653.  This course is also relevant to personnel that conduct Fitness for Service (FFS) assessments to API 579 and/or conduct Risk Based Inspection (RBI) assessment to API 580/581.

RINA’s online training covers all aspects of API 571 and is ideal for those wishing to advance their capabilities.  The online training covers all the damage mechanisms outlined in the API 571 document: there is a substantial amount of information which must be learnt and retained for the examination.  Our online course ensures that learning outcomes are targeted to the relevant points so that delegates are focused on the correct areas during exam preparation.

This API 571 course provides inspectors with the knowledge they need to be able to demonstrate expertise in the damage mechanisms.  API 579 and API 580 both consider several common factors, including; identification of the operative damage mechanisms, assessment of future damage progression rates and the selection of appropriate NDE techniques for detecting equipment damage. API 571 helps link these technologies and collate the information into one source document. 

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 571 examinations specific to damage mechanisms, RINA  offers a strict online training programme with distance learning modules, including mock examinations and revision guidance.

Delegates must undergo an assessment procedure to undertake this online training.

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); API 571 is a supplementary ICP.

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

Upcoming course dates

12th Mar - 5th Dec 2019

API 571: Damage Mechanisms (DMs)

Location: TBC

online: 3 months

Price (ex VAT): £895.00

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