American Petroleum Institute (API)

API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector


Credential: API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector  GI Bill resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Petroleum Institute (API)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector certification is an intermediate-career level credential recommended for individuals who design, construct, repair, operate, or inspect pressure vessels. The API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector certification validates an individual's knowledge related to maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure vessels. The agency provides several combinations of education and experience pathways for candidates to meet the eligibility requirement. Applicants must have experience and knowledge of design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of pressure vessels. The experience must have been acquired within the last 10 years while employed by, or under contract with, an authorized inspection agency.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Petroleum Institute (API)

1220 L Street, NW
Washington, DC  20005-4070

Phone: (202) 682-8000

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Education and/or Experience REQUIREMENTS

Applicant must meet any one education and/or experience requirement combination and the experience must have been acquired within the last 10 years while employed by, or under contract with, an authorized inspection agency as defined in API 510.

Option 1:

Applicants must have a BS (or higher) in engineering or technology and one year minimum experience in supervision or performance of inspection activities of piping systems as described in API 510.

Option 2:

Applicants must have two year degree or certificate in engineering or technology and two year minimum expereince in design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection of piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510.

Option 3:

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and three year minimum experience in design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection in-service piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510.

Option 4:

Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in design, construction, repair, operation, or inspection in-service piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510.

Written Exam

  • Thickness Measurements, Inspection Intervals and Vessel Integrity
    • Corrosion Rates and Inspection Intervals
    • Joint Efficiencies
    • Static Head
    • Internal Pressure
    • Pressure Testing
    • Impact Testing
    • Weld Size for Attachment Welds at Openings
    • Nozzle Reinforcement
  • Welding Procedure and Qualification Evaluation
  • Non Destructive Examination
  • Practical Knowledge - General
    • Organization and Certification Requirements
    • Types and Definitions of Maintenance Inspections
    • Types of Process Corrosion and Deterioration
    • Modes of Mechanical, Thermal, and High Temperature Deterioration
    • Pressure Vessel Materials and Fabrication Problems
    • Welding on Pressure Vessels
    • Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Methods
    • Corrosion and Minimum Thickness Evaluation
    • Estimated Remaining Life
    • Inspection Interval Determination and Issues Affecting Intervals
    • Relief Devices
    • Maintenance Inspection Safety Practices
    • Inspection Records and Reports
    • Repairs/Alterations to Pressure Vessel
    • Rerating Pressure Vessels
    • Pressure Testing After Repairs, Alterations, or Rerating
  • Practical Knowledge - Specific (API 510, Pressure Vessel Inspection Code)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

Testing for this credential is handled by Prometric. The test centers are located in the U.S.

To find out more, use the following links on the Prometric website:

For more information on the American Petroleum Institute (API) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector

Renewal Period: 3 years

The API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector credential has the following recertification information:

  • The certification term for API 510 is three years. API supplies further details about the requirements on the API 510 recertification page.

In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%) and is eligible for CA under the CA MOS/ASI Related Option

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

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This certification is eligible for CA under the CA Civilian Occupation Related Option.

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Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 and Above

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

High

Highly attainable: mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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