New Recertification Requirements for API 510, 570, and 653.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What is changing?

Beginning in 2022, API will include Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities, as part of recertification requirements for API 510, API 570, and API 653 inspectors. These new requirements are in addition to existing recertification requirements for continued inspection experience and the Web Quiz required every 6-years or every other recertification. The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities will be phased in over a 3-year period to the API ICP recertification requirements for individuals whose certification expire after January 1, 2023.



What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) describes learning activities that inspectors (and other professionals) engage in to develop, maintain, and improve their technical abilities and competency. Training course participation is a prime example of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).



What activities are acceptable for CPD credit?

Activities considered relevant by ICP must be directly related to fields of inspection and mechanical integrity assurance. Be aware that actual field inspection time as part of the normal work responsibilities cannot be used for CPD hours. For additional information on what activities are acceptable, click here to view the API CPD Guidance Document.



How many CPD are required?

CPD requirements will be phased in, beginning with 8 CPD hours required for individuals whose certification expire after January 1, 2023. The full CPD requirements of 24 CPDs will be implemented for those expiring on or after January 1, 2025. See the table below:

Recertification Year Required CPD Hours
2023 8 CPD hours completed within the last 3 years.
2024 16 CPD hours completed within the last 3 years.
2025
(and beyond)
24 CPD hours completed within the last 3 years.
No more than 16 hours may be from one activity category.*
* For additional information on what activities are acceptable, click here to view the API CPD Guidance Document.



How do I submit CPD hours?

You must upload proof of activity to the Education page of your ICP Portal account along with your Recertification application. Fill out the API CPD Activities Form if you have no other form of proof.



Where can I find more information?

For more detailed information about the new API recertification requirements, visit the API website using the appropriate link(s) below.



Additional questions about CPD or recertification requirements?

If you have additional questions about API recertification, contact API ICP Program Support.

telephone: (202) 682-8064
e-mail: inspector@api.org



How can CASTI help?

CASTI offers several training courses that may be applicable to API 510, 570, or 653 inspectors who want to earn CPD hours. Individuals should choose training courses with topics relevant to their certification(s). Depending on your certification, these may include: