Getting Started: API 571 Inspector Certification
Certification Program for Advanced Knowledge of Corrosion and Materials
The objective of this certification program is to provide documented evidence of advanced knowledge and expertise in the area of Corrosion and Materials based on the information contained in API RP 571.
Register for CASTI Training Programs
CASTI provides exam preparation training to help candidates pass the API 571 Corrosion and Materials Certification Exam. Our blended learning program includes detailed lessons on topics covered in the exam, practice exam questions, step-by-step solutions, and e-instructor support. CASTI training programs are separate from the certification exams, which are administered by the American Petroleum Institute (API).
Visit the CASTI API 571 course page to review the course outline and register for the course.
Education and Experience Requirements
If you hold a current API 510, 570 or 653 certification, you automatically qualify to take the API 571 Corrosion and Materials certification exam.
If you do not hold a current API 510, 570 or 653 certification, then qualification is based on a combination of your level of education and industry experience acquired within the last 10 years.
Minimum experience required is based on the applicants' level of education as described below:
|Engineering Degree||1 year experience in petrochemical industry|
|2-yr technical degree||2 years of experience in petrochemical industry|
|High School||3 years of experience in petrochemical industry|
|No formal education||5 years of experience in petrochemical industry|
API 571 Inspector Examination
- API 571 examination consists of 70 multiple choice questions
- It is a 3.25 hour closed-book exam
- No reference materials will be permitted at the examination
- This examination has a set passing point of 70%, or 49 correctly answered questions
The examination will be based on the API Recommended Practice 571 - Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry with the exception of the following sections: 1.1, 3.1, 4.1, and 5.2.
Note: Questions become effective when the applicable API documents (namely API RP 571 - any new issue, addenda or rewrite) have been in use for 12 months since issue date.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO API ICP EXAMS
Starting in January 2014, API will no longer be accepting paper applications. You must enroll in API's new online portal for application submission. API has also changed the examination delivery method from paper-and-pencil to computer-based-testing (CBT).
Additionally, there will no longer be one global exam day, but a 10-day testing window. This means each applicant will have a choice of when or where they want to test within the given window. Tests will be available at any of the Prometric computer testing centers around the world.
For more information about the API ICP changes, please visit: API Individual Certification Program (ICP)
- every 3 years, reapply
Exam Code Document and CASTI courses
All exam candidates will need the referenced Codes as they appear in the Body of Knowledge to study from and to complete CASTI's exam preparation course. These code documents can be purchased from CASTI.
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This summary of educational requirements, examination and renewal, and recognition and reciprocity information is provided for your general overview. It is important that you read the complete documents containing these details as provided by API, ASME, CSA, AWS and CASTI.