Course Description API 653


In order to meet the needs of today’s fast changing inspection industry, Worldwide Tank Services has developed the “Tank Inspection Course with API
653 Exam Prep.”.

The course textbook includes notes and summaries on the tank inspection standards referenced in the API 653 Body of Knowledge.  This comprehensive 40 hour course consists of five 8-hour teaching days. It is designed to accomplish a two-fold training agenda:

  • To train those individuals who are
    interested in obtaining the API 653 Tank
    Inspection Certification.
  • Train those who require a working
    knowledge of the intricacies
    encountered in the working

Additionally, quizzes are given at the end of each section; homework is handed out at the end of each class day, which consists of 25 questions per day and is reviewed at the beginning of the following day, and a “practice” exam is administered at the end of the course.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for Inspection Engineers who are seeking API-653 certification. Other engineers, managers or technical staffs who are dealing with Steel Aboveground Storage Tanks used in the Petrochemical Industry will also benefit.

Training Methodology

This interactive training Course 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 exam preparation training course complies with the API (American Petroleum Institute) regulations and is designed to prepare participants for API 653 exam that qualifies successful participants to the “API 653 Tank Inspection Certification”.


Listed below are the effective editions of the publications required for the API 653, Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Examination. ( You are advised to check the current Body of Knowledge for changes in code effictivity for the exam date
you intend taking)

API Recommended Practice 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry, 2009.
IHS Product code API CERT 653_571 (includes only the portions specified below)
ATTENTION: Only the following mechanisms to be included:
4.2.7 – Brittle Fracture
4.2.16 – Mechanical Fatigue
4.3.2 – Atmospheric Corrosion
4.3.3 – Corrosion under insulation (CUI)
4.3.8 – Microbiologically Induced Corrosion (MIC)
4.3.9 – Soil Corrosion
4.3.10 – Caustic Corrosion
4.5.1 – Chloride Stress Corrosion Cracking (C1-SCC)
4.5.3 – Caustic Stress Corrosion Cracking (Caustic Embrittlement) – Sulfuric Acid Corrosion

 API Recommended Practice 575, Inspection of Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks, Second Edition, May, 2005. IHS Product Code API CERT 575
 API Recommended Practice 577, Welding Inspection and Metallurgy, First Edition, October 2004. IHS Product
Code API CERT 577
 API Standard 650, Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage, Tenth Edition, November 1998, including Addendum 1
(March 2000), Addendum 2 (Nov. 2001), and Addendum 3 (Sept. 2003) and Addendum 4 (December 2005).
IHS Product Code API CERT 650
 API Recommended Practice 651, Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks, Third Edition,
January 2007. IHS Product Code API CERT 651
 API Recommended Practice 652, Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Bottoms, Third Edition, October
2005. IHS Product Code API CERT 652
 API Standard 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction, Fourth Edition IHS Product Code API
CERT 653

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, 2007 edition.
i. ASME Section V, Nondestructive Examination, Articles 1, 2, 6, 7 and 23 (Section SE-797 only).
ii. Section IX, Welding and Brazing Qualifications (Section QW only)
IHS Product Code for the ASME package API CERT 653 ASME. Package includes only the above excerpts necessary for the exam.
API and ASME publications may be ordered through IHS Documents at 303-397-7956 or 800-854-7179. Product codes are listed above. Orders may also be faxed to 303-397-2740. More information is available at http://www.ihs.com. API
members are eligible for a 30% discount on all API documents; exam candidates are eligible for a 20% discount on all API documents. When calling to order, please identify yourself as an exam candidate and/or API member. Prices quoted
will reflect the applicable discounts. No discounts will be made for ASME document
Note: API and ASME publications are copyrighted material. Photocopies of API and ASME publications are not permitted. CD-ROM versions of the API documents are issued quarterly by Information Handling Services and are allowed. Be sure to check your CD-ROM against the editions noted on this sheet.

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