In the ever-evolving domain of the oil and gas sector, the utmost importance lies in the dependability and security of piping systems. This is precisely where the API 570 standard assumes a fundamental role, serving as a cornerstone to ensure the integrity and efficiency of piping systems. Within this article, we will delve into the essentials of API 570 requirements, presenting valuable insights for engineers aspiring to excel in the realm of pipeline maintenance and inspection and maintenance.
What Is API 570?
API 570 serves as a standard encompassing procedures for inspecting, evaluating, repairing, and modifying in-service metallic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) piping systems, as well as pressure relief devices. This inspection code applies to all hydrocarbon and chemical process piping installed for service, unless optional as specified.
Having undergone four revisions since its initial publication in 1993, the latest edition of API 570 was released in 2016. Originally designed for the petroleum and chemical sectors, its utility has expanded to encompass various industries that rely on piping systems.
What Are The Requirements for API 570 Certification?
In this section, we will delve into the specific criteria and qualifications that candidates need to meet to pursue the API 570 certification.
1. BS or Higher in Engineering or Technology
Each engineer is required to have at least a year of practical experience in carrying out inspection-related tasks as outlined in the API 570 standard. This experience can involve overseeing or directly conducting various inspection activities on in-service metallic and fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) piping systems, as well as pressure relief devices. This qualification also applies to those with 3+ years of military service in a technical role.
2. 2-year Degree or Certificate in Engineering or Technology
Candidates should have a minimum of two years of hands-on experience in activities related to in-service piping systems. This experience can include designing, constructing, repairing, operating, or inspecting piping systems that are already in use. This qualification also applies to those with 2 years of military service in a technical role.
Furthermore, out of the total two years of experience, at least one year must involve either supervising or actively participating in inspection activities aligned with the guidelines outlined in the API 570 standard.
In short, candidates need to be directly engaged in tasks such as conducting inspections, evaluating system integrity, identifying defects, and ensuring compliance with API 570 specifications.
3. High School Diploma or Equivalent
Candidates are required to possess at least three years of practical involvement in tasks associated with operational piping systems. This involvement encompasses tasks such as designing, constructing, repairing, operating, or inspecting piping systems that are currently in service.
Furthermore, in one of the three years of experience, candidates are expected to be actively involved in activities like conducting inspections, assessing system integrity, identifying flaws, and ensuring adherence to API 570 standards.
4. No Formal Education
For piping inspectors without formal education, the criteria remain the same as previously mentioned, but with a minimum requirement of five years of practical involvement in tasks related to in-service piping systems.
This experience includes design, construction, repair, operation, and inspection of piping systems in use. Of these five years, at least one year should be dedicated to supervising or actively participating in inspection activities aligned with API 570 guidelines.
What Are The Requirements for API 570 Recertification?
In this section, we will delve into the specific criteria and qualifications that API 570 inspectors need to meet to do the recertification.
1. Recertification Overview
- API 570 Piping inspectors must recertify every three years through the ICP Portal.
- Recertification applications can be filed 90 days before the certification’s expiry and 90 days after, with late fees after expiry.
- If not recertified within the 90-day grace period, a new application, fees, and a full examination are needed for recertification.
However, heavy work schedules or work abroad do not excuse timely renewal filing. Accurate supervisor contact info is vital for application processing; delays may hinder recertification.
2. Work Requirements – Every 3 years
API 570 inspectors must show that at least 20% of their time during the last three-year certification period was spent either performing or overseeing in-service piping inspections as outlined in the API 570 inspection code. If inspectors have not been actively involved in inspection activities, they will need to take the complete examination.
3. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – Every 3 years
Starting January 1, 2022, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours will be part of the 3-year recertification criteria. CPD activities should be related to API 570 certification. ICP will introduce CPD hours gradually, with 8 CPD hours needed for certifications expiring after January 1, 2023. The full requirement of 24 CPD hours will be applicable for certifications expiring on or after January 1, 2025. Refer to the table below:
Number of CPD Hours Required
|2023||Candidates renewing their certification must provide 8 CPD hours from the past 3 years.|
|2024||Candidates renewing their certification must provide 16 CPD hours from the past 3 years.|
|2025||Candidates renewing their certification must provide 24 CPD hours from the past 3 years.
Starting now, every recertification requires 24 CPD hours every 3-year period. A maximum of 16 hours can come from one activity category.
4. Webquiz of Every 6 Years
Every piping inspector must complete an online, open-book quiz every six years for recertification. The quiz is accessible 90 days before and after your certification’s expiration date. However, the quiz will not be available after this grace period or if your certification has expired.
You can take the quiz before or after submitting your recertification application. To access the quiz, log into your ICP Portal account and navigate to your 570 certification page. If a quiz is due, a notification will appear with a link to the quiz. Alternatively, you can directly visit the Web Quiz Gateway. If a quiz is required, a bold red notification will indicate so.
Below are the detailed information regarding the webquiz:
- Every quiz consists of 25 questions that cover the modifications in the applicable API codes during the past six years.
- You are given a total of four hours to finish the quiz, with the option to pause or interrupt it up to three times.
- In case of failing the quiz on the first attempt, you can retake it once. However, failing it a second time will result in being ineligible for recertification. To recertify, you’ll need to submit a new application and complete the full version of the exam.
Certifying and recertifying for API 570 can be a complex process, but there is a way to make it smooth-sailing. By enrolling in API 570 training, you can simplify the procedure and equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently navigate the certification requirements.
PetroSync offers comprehensive training to help you understand the standards, codes, and inspection techniques. We can help with the certification process as we also provide the service for you in the registration process.
Our API 570 prep course training is designed to align with the certification requirements, ensuring that you have the expertise to fulfill the criteria effectively. Our experienced instructor offers practical insights and real-world examples, enabling you to grasp the concepts with ease.
By joining our training, you not only gain the necessary knowledge but also gain access to a supportive community of professionals who share similar goals. With PetroSync, you’re not just preparing for certification; you’re setting yourself up for success in the industry.
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