Course Description

This course helps the participants to understand easily the various degradations and damages on equipment and how to detect, evaluate. It covers the 64 corrosion mechanisms documented in the API 571 and review the basic process flow that affects corrosion mechanisms. Consequently it will help them to pass the API 571 certification exam.
Who Should Attend
The course is intended for Plant inspection engineer and managers, Inspection personnel, plant operating engineers and others who are involved in inspection, RBI, FFS and fixed equipment reliability programs. API 571 is a based document to understand other API documentation such as API 653, API 570, API510, API 580 and API 579. It is the foundation!

QA/QC engineers, Maintenance engineers and technicians and people involved in
trouble shooting of plant operations.  Corrosion Engineers will benefit from this course in terms of identifying, understanding, prevention and mitigation of corrosion mechanisms and related damages of plant & equipment involved in petrochemical & resources industry.

Training Methodology
This interactive training workshop includes the following training methodologies as a percentage of total tuition hours:

  • 50% Lectures
  • 30% Workshops, Group Work & Practical Exercises
  • 20% Videos & Software
This API preparation training course complies with the API (American Petroleum Institute) regulations and is designed to prepare participants for API 571 exam that qualifies successful participants to the “API 571 Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry”.
The following is a list of specific topics in which the API Authorized Pressure Vessel Inspector should be knowledgeable:

API publications and ASME codebooks must be brought to the examination site to be used as reference materials for the Open book part of the examination.

A. API Publications:

  • API 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Equipment in Refining Industry
  • API RP 572, Inspection of Pressure Vessels (except Appendix B)
  • API RP 576, Inspection of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • API RP 577, Welding Inspection and Metallurgy

B. ASME Publications:

Section V, Non-destructive Examination Section VIII, Division 1, Rules for Constructing Pressure Vessels Section IX, Welding and Brazing Qualifications

Note: Refer to the Publications Effectivity Sheet in the application package for a list of specific editions, addenda, and supplements of the reference publications that are effective for your exam date.

Code calculation questions will be oriented toward existing pressure vessels, not new pressure vessels.

API Authorized Pressure Vessel Inspectors should be able to check and perform calculations relative to in-service deterioration, repairs, rerates, or alterations.

Only internal and external pressure loadings will be considered for the API 510 examination.

Note: Dimensions, pressures and temperatures in exam items are supplied in SI units (metric) and the US Customary units (inches, feet, psi, etc.) where applicable.

Course Outline API 571

The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary:

  • To gain a detailed background on the scope, organization and use of API 571
  • To know how to detect, evaluation, and prevent degradations and damages of Refinery Equipment
  • To present typical corrosion failures and to illustrate the inter-relationship between corrosion mechanisms and associated metallurgy
  • To identify various inspection techniques for different metallurgies and corrosion mechanisms
  • To grasp the advanced information in preventive as well as predictive maintenance of equipment
  • To present different forms of degradations and various mechanisms and related environmental factors
  • To know the factors contributing the damage, the correct monitoring & inspection of damage, prevention/mitigate of damage mechanisms
  • Help participants to pass the certification examination successfully.

Codes Covered by the API 510 Authorised Inspectors Examination:

  • API510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code
  • All of API 510 is applicable to the examination unless specifically excluded. For example: Section 9 and Appendix E are excluded.
  • API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed equipment in the Refining Industry


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