API 570 Certification

API 570: Piping Inspection Code: In-Service Inspection, Repair, and Alteration of Piping Systems, is an inspection code developed and published by the American Petroleum Institute (API). This code focuses on the in-service inspection, repair, and alteration of metallic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) piping systems, including their pressure relieving devices. The most recent edition of API 570, the 4th Ed., was released in February 2016.

Industry Application

API 570 is applicable to various industries, including those involving process fluids, hydrocarbons, chemical products, natural gas, high-pressure gases, and other flammable or toxic fluids. While some piping systems, such as those operating below a certain threshold or involving water, have optional API 570 requirements, fitness-for-service assessments and risk-based inspection are accepted methods for evaluating on-stream piping systems and pressure-containing components.

Piping Inspector Certification – API 570

API provides a certification program for individuals seeking to demonstrate their expertise in the maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of in-service metallic piping systems. To obtain the API 570 certification, applicants must pass a two-part examination — one closed-book and one open-book.

In order to be eligible for the exam, applicants must meet minimum education and experience requirements. The requirements are as follows:

  • Applicants with no formal education can apply to sit for the exam after acquiring 5 years of relevant industry experience.
  • An applicant with a high school diploma or equivalent can apply after acquiring 3 years of relevant industry experience.
  • Applicants with 2-year degrees or certificates in engineering or technology require 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Those holding a bachelor of science degree or higher must have 1 year of relevant experience.
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To maintain the API 570 certification, pressure vessel inspectors must apply for recertification every 3 years.

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