Getting Started: API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification

API's Inspector Certification Programs are based on industry-developed standards that are recognized and used with confidence worldwide. These standards have also provided a uniform platform that serves as a model for many state and government regulations. These API programs emphasize professional credibility and process integrity. They enable inspectors to play an active role in improving industry health and safety; environmental performance; ensuring compliance and self-regulation; and strengthening management control and internal inspection capabilities.

In short, API's individual certification programs benefit the industry by:

Education and Experience Requirements

To take the API 510 examination, a candidate must meet at least one of the following criteria:

API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector Examination

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)

The API 510 ICP examination is 7 hours long and consists of 150 multiple-choice questions divided into two parts:

Renewals

Exam Codes and CASTI Courses

All exam candidates will need the referenced Codes as they appear in the Effectivity sheet to study from and to complete the exam preparation course. These code documents can be purchased from CASTI.

For more information about CASTI's API 510 Exam Preparation courses, please visit:

Earning an API 510 certification qualifies inspectors to earn an In-Service Pressure Equipment Inspector (ISI) Certificate of Competency. For more information about CASTI's exam preparation training for ISI, please visit:

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.

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