API FAQ

All API examinations are delivered in the form of computer-based-testing (CBT).

You will only need to bring your government-issued picture ID and admission letter. When Code documents are necessary for an exam, they will be made available on the computer at the testing center. You will also have access to a calculator and scrap paper for calculations.

Tests will be offered over a 14-day testing window; only Monday to Friday and some Saturday dates are available in any given testing window. This means each applicant will have a choice of when or where they want to write an exam within a given window. Tests will be available at any Prometric computer testing center around the world. Currently Prometric features over 8,000 computer testing centers in over 160 countries. Keep in mind that all testing centers have a limited capacity, generally between 5 and 40 seats. In Edmonton and Calgary there are only 10-15 seats.

The upcoming exam schedule can be found on the API website here. Please note the application deadlines for each exam window!

Certification Exam Window Exam Application Deadline
API 510 January 3 - 17, 2020 November 1, 2019
May 29 - June 12, 2020 March 27, 2020
September 11 - October 2, 2020 July 24, 2020
API 570 February 14 - 28, 2020 December 13, 2019
June 12 - 26, 2020 April 10, 2020
October 16 - November 6, 2020 August 28, 2020
API 571 April 10 - 24, 2020 February 7, 2020
August 14 - 28, 2020 June 12, 2020
December 4 - 28, 2020 October 9, 2020
API 577 April 10 - 24, 2020 February 7, 2020
August 14 - 28, 2020 June 12, 2020
December 4 - 28, 2020 October 9, 2020
API 653 March 13 - 27, 2020 January 10, 2020
July 17 - 31, 2020 May 15, 2020
November 6 - 27, 2020 September 18, 2020
API 1169 April 10 - 24, 2020 February 7, 2020
August 14 - 28, 2020 June 12, 2020
December 4 - 28, 2020 October 9, 2020

Once API reviews and approves your application submitted in the online portal, you will receive an exam authorization letter, containing your exam eligibility ID. Please note: API applications must be done online through the API ICP Portal.

Upon receiving your exam eligibility ID, log in to the Prometric website to schedule your exam on the date and location of your choice.

Important: Scheduling at Prometric locations is on a first come-first serve basis; and you will be competing for your test spot with other exam candidates. To ensure that you obtain an exam seat of your preference, please apply to API as early as possible and schedule your exam immediately upon receiving your eligibility ID.

Before the start of any exam a brief tutorial will be presented on how to take a computer based test. You can view a PDF version of this tutorial from the API website.

All Prometric testing centers feature specific security procedures. To preview the check-in procedures at Prometric testing centers, view the YouTube video.

For information on fees for all API ICP Examinations, visit the API ICP Schedules and Fees webpage.

Prometric Computer Testing Centers in Alberta:
Edmonton Prometric Test Center 6014
Suite 316 - 8944 182 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5T 2E3
Calgary Prometric Test Center 6017
Suite 215 - 4014 MacLeod Trail S
Calgary, AB T2G 2R7
For more information, contact API directly at:
API ICP
1220 L Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
e-mail: inspector@api.org
customer service desk: (202) 682-8064