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API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector


API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector


The API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector training course is designed to assist individuals who are scheduled to take the API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Examination. The course consists of 5 days of classwork and is based on the American documents in the API Effectivity Sheet and the API Body of Knowledge.

Whether you’re an experienced inspector or just beginning on this exciting career path, becoming an API certified Pipeline Construction Inspector is your first step in career advancement. Demonstrate you have the knowledge, skills and professionalism required to get the job done right.

The API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification is relatively new to the industry. Developed by oil and gas experts, this certification became public knowledge in late 2014. While responses from the oil & gas sector were initially gradual, the API 1169 program grew substantially in 2016 with training for the API 1169 exam in high-demand.

INGAA & CEPA both mandate all Pipeline Inspectors have the API 1169 Certification by 2018. The API 1169 Certification is meant to ensure the industry is full of exceptional knowledge and skill.

API has implemented strict minimum qualification requirements for undertaking the ICP exam. The qualification requirements for API 1169 are based on a combination of the number of years of experience acquired within the last 20 years, plus education, and in some cases, other certifications.

Refer to the website for further information on the requirements.


The API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Training course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to pass the exam, including;

  • Use of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code ASME IX & V
  • Use API’s codes during construction, inspection, repairs, and alterations of Pipelines
  • Review of Welding Procedures (WPS / PQR) and Welder Performance Qualifications (WPQ)
  • Study confines of ASME B31.8 and B31.4
  • Study requirements of Code of Federal Regulations (USA) 29 CFR 1910, 1926, 40 CFR112, 122, 49,192, 195
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Requirements
  • CS-S-9 Pressure Testing (Hydro/Pneumatic) Safety Guidelines, and many more


The American Petroleum Institute (API) offers a certification program for individual in-service inspectors handling the in-service inspection of pressure vessels, pipework and storage tanks. API also manages an expansive catalog catalogue of API ‘codes’ which standardize practice. The certifications are a legal requirement for inspectors in many US states. However, the extension of US ownership to include international facilities and onshore plants, along with the lack of a similarly broad scope of recognized standards in other countries, has resulted in the widespread adoption of API practice within international plant industries. Many other countries regulatory authorities also use these codes to assess evidence of inspector competence. The API certification program is broken down into a series of API programs, programmes known as Individual Certification Programmes (ICPs).

Before applying for the API ICP exam candidates must ensure that they meet the minimum requirements defined by API. The table sets out the requirements for API 510/570/653;


EducationYears of Industry ExperienceExperience Required
BS or higher in engineering or technology1 yearSupervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 510
2-year Associate’s degree or certificate in engineering or technology2 yearsDesign, fabrication, 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 equivalent3 yearsDesign, fabrication, 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
No formal education5 or more yearsDesign, fabrication, 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

API certificates have become the most regarded, desired, and demanded credentials in the in-service inspection industry, providing a method to improve technical and code knowledge and strengthening the holder’s overall competence and career prospects.

The API examination is held within a Prometric Test Centre or can also be completed remotely. There is a vast range of Prometric Test Centres located worldwide. Please visit the Prometric website to check available Prometric test centre locations near you.

All candidates wishing to complete an API ICP exam must apply to API to ensure suitability.

Ensure you qualify to take the exam by reviewing the requirements for your chosen program on the API website.

API Exam Application

  1. Create an ICP account on the API ICP portal
  2. Complete your application (you will be asked to provide evidence of previous employment/experience)
  3. Submit your application to API for review
  4. Pay API exam application fee
  5. Receive exam eligibility ID number (this may take up to 6 weeks)
  6. Book your exam

On submitting your application, you will be asked to pay the relevant API registration fee. This varies depending on the exam you are registering for. Following API’s successful review and approval of your application, you will be provided with an exam eligibility ID number. You require this number to book your exam with PROMETRIC. You will be provided with a link to PROMETRIC during your
API application. They have a range of test centers throughout the world, with the UK sites located in Manchester, London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. For information on further test center locations please visit the PROMETRIC website for further information.

The processing of your exam application with API may take up to six weeks, so for the best selection of exam dates and locations, do not delay in submitting your application.

The API exam application deadline is the date in which you must submit your application to API for review for the given exam cycle.

The API examination window is the period in which you can sit your exam. The examination window typically opens the day immediately after our classroom training; however, we do stagger some of our training dates to accommodate individuals who may be on different work rotations and unable to attend specific classroom dates.

Please contact our helpful team at Wilkinson Coutts for advice should your API application be rejected. Thankfully, rejection of exam applications are rare and so please do not worry about this process.

Course Modules

Module 1
  • Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 & Safety and Construction Safety (CEPA & INGAA)
  • Basic Inspection Requirements & Welding (API 1169 & 1104)
  • Pipeline Transportation & Gas Transmission and Distribution (ASME B31.4 & 31.8)
  • Mock Exam
  • Pressure Testing (API 1110)
  • Construction & Pressure Testing Safety (NGAA/CS-S-9)
  • Transportation of Hazardous Liquids (49 CFR 195)
  • Transportation of Natural and Other Gas (49 CFR 192)
  • Mock Exam
  • Migratory Bird Permits (50 CFR 21)
  • Protection of Navigable Waters and of Harbor and River Improvements (33 USC Chapter 9)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Standards (29 CFR 1910)
  • Safety and Health Regulations for Construction (29 CFR 1926)
  • National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (40 CFR 300)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Office of Energy Projects
  • Mock Exam
  • ISO 9000:2015 Quality Management Systems
  • Hazardous Materials (49 CFR 172)
  • Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes (ANSI Z49.1)
  • Damage Prevention & Safety Best Practices (CGA)
  • Final Mock Exam