Available Dates and Locations:

Course Location:
Not Applicable


Date: November 30-23, 2018
Earn: 56 PDHs

IMPORTANT: This course is an E-Learning course only; no hard copy of the material will be available.

Completing all of the E-Learning content is a critical step that maximizes your likelihood of passing the exam. Individuals who do not complete all of the E-Learning may jeopardize the likelihood of successfully passing the exam and do so at their own risk.


This course is designed to maximize your success in passing the API 653 Tank Inspector Certification Examination by learning how to:

  • understand what the API Body of Knowledge requires exam candidates to know;
  • efficiently reference the API and ASME Codes during the API ICP examination; and
  • complete all calculations required of exam candidates during the API ICP examination.

Note: CASTI provides this course to help candidates prepare for the API exam. However, this course is a separate entity from the API examination. API requires that all exam candidates apply directly with API before September 7, 2018 in order to write the API 653 examination in the testing window of November 9, 2018 to March 29, 2019. CASTI does not have prior knowledge of future API ICP examination questions.

Who Should Attend

This training course is intended for API 653 inspector examination candidates who have both inspection experience and experience working with the API and ASME Codes. Experience with API and ASME Codes is required during the supervision of inspection activities as described in the ICP Qualification Requirements. API ICP exam candidates are expected to have a broad base of general knowledge and experience covering all topics described in the API Body of Knowledge


Each participant will receive a CASTI certificate of completion which includes 56 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) should they complete the E-Learning before November 23, 2018.

CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA)

This course includes 10 days* of training as described below:

Estimated 7 Days*
available from September 10 - November 23, 2018

  • complete Getting Started tutorial
  • learn and practice code navigation
  • study API and ASME codes
  • review examples and practice problems, and their detailed solutions, including references to corresponding paragraphs within exam document(s)
  • complete Responsibilities Worksheet
  • practice and review WPS/PQR workshop

Estimated 3 Days
Practice Exams E-Learning
available from September 10 - November 23, 2018

  • write practice exam #1 with open-book and closed-book 6.5 hours
  • write practice exam #2 with open-book and closed-book 6.5 hours
  • write practice exam #3 with open-book and closed-book 6.5 hours
  • review practice exam answer keys and detailed math solutions

* Estimates are based on the average time needed by previous students to complete online training. Your personal skill and experience levels will determine the actual time required to complete this work. The average amount of time taken was 50 hours but, previous students took between 30-90 hours (4-11 days) to complete the E-Learning work.

Prior to the course start date, the online lessons are made available to all customers registered for this CASTI course. All exam candidates are encouraged to register early and allow sufficient time to complete these online lessons. Click here for more information about the CASTI Learning Advantage (CLA).

The E-Learning training lessons include:

  • e-Instructor support;
  • simple online access using a web browser (see Minimum System Requirements below);
  • high-resolution photographs;
  • lessons and practice exams that students can reset for further study and practice; and
  • automatic online grading of all submitted answers to practice problems and practice exams to allow for self-evaluation.

The E-Learning content is the main portion of the course and completing all of it is a critical step in maximizing your likelihood of passing the exam. Individuals who do not complete all of the E-Learning content jeopardize their likelihood of successfully passing the exam. The E-Learning content is a mandatory part of this training course and must be completed by all registrants by the above specified date to achieve the full CEU credit, and for exam candidates to comply with the CASTI Exam Preparation Guarantee Policy (see Guarantee Policy below).


API ICP exam candidates are expected to have a broad base of general knowledge and experience covering all topics described in the API Body of Knowledge. Topics listed in the API Body of Knowledge will be discussed as they pertain to the API Effectivity Sheet.

Required Code Documents

All participants must bring the API and ASME Code documents referenced in the API 653 Effectivity Sheet. For more information, please view the API 653 Effectivity Sheet.

These API and ASME code documents can be purchased from CASTI.

Purchasing Code Documents:

The Code documents required for this course are available to CASTI course registrants. These documents are available as a package only, not on an individual document basis. Note: Only the specific portions of the Codes and standards documents required for the API exam are supplied in the document package.

Before choosing to purchase paper (hardcopy) or electronic (downloadable PDF) code documents, please refer to this guide.

Minimum System Requirements for the CLA Online Study

  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Windows Vista (or higher)
  • Mac and Android computers and tablets are not supported
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or newer). Microsoft Edge NOT supported.
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader

Note: Use of Adobe software may have additional system requirements (Please refer to the Adobe specifications provided with your Adobe software or visit the Adobe website at www.adobe.com for more information.)

Note: Please consult with your company IT department if you are unsure that your company computer meets the above requirements

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About the Instructor

John E. Bringas, P.Eng. is a professional engineer who has practiced metallurgical engineering and inspection for 40 years. He is also certified as an API 510, 570, 653, 571, 577, and 580 inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, an Alberta In-Service Pressure Vessel Inspector and Welding Examiner, and former CGSB certified NDE examiner in UT and RT. He is a long time committee member of ASTM A01 (Steels), A05 (Coated Steels), B02 (Nonferrous Alloys), NACE STG 32 (Oil and Gas Production-Metallurgy) and STG 36 (Process Industry-Materials), and Canadian Representative on ISO TC 17-SC 4 (Steels). He is the author of the ASTM Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, ASTM Handbook of Steel Data: American and European, ASTM Passport to Steel Database, and the CASTI Metals Data Books. Mr. Bringas has engineering work experience in the steel making, foundry, consulting, refinery, pipeline and petrochemical industries and is the founder of Codes and Standards Training Institute and CASTI Publishing Inc.