The Certified API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspectors certification is designed to enrich the professionals’ knowledge in maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure vessels. This certification program provides significant benefits to the Oil and Gas industry through improving management control of the unit operation and reducing the potential for inspection delays. In addition, it helps professionals in this industry shine with a highly recognized designation among other non-certified peers. In order to obtain the certification, you should meet API 510 requirements and pass a two-part examination. The first part is a closed-book exam that tests your everyday working knowledge of API 510. The second part is an open-book test requires candidates to show proficiency in more detailed issues.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is a leading association in the oil and natural gas industry. It serves 10.3 million U.S. jobs and contributes to nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. In addition, it has a wide recognition for its programs worldwide. The API offers a certification program which is a series of API schemes, called Individual Certification Programs (ICPs).
API 510 Requirments
To be eligible to sit for the exam, you are required to meet one of the following education and experience requirements, according to API:
|Education||Years of Experience||Experience Required|
|BS or higher in engineering or technology||1 year||Supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
|2-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology||2 years||Design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of pressure vessels, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510|
|High school diploma or equivalent||3 years|
|No formal education||5 or more years|
- Ensure that you are qualified to take the exam by reviewing the requirements
- Submit an application in the ICP Portal
- After your application is approved you will receive an Exam Authorization email from API, with an Eligibility ID and instructions on how to schedule your exam with Prometric
API 510 Certification Exam Details
- The API 510 exam day is 7.5 hours long and includes a short tutorial session.
- The closed-book test: 2.75 hours
- Lunch break: 45-minute
- The open-book test: 3.75 hours
Number of Questions
The exam consists of 150 questions.
- Scored: 125 questions
- Pretest: 25 questions
- API Member Fee: $700
- Non-Member Fee: $900
API 510 Certification Renewal
- You need to apply for recertification every three years. Apply online in the ICP Portal.
- You are required to take an online, open-book quiz every six years to renew your certification.
- API Member Fee: $600
- Non-Member Fee: $700