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API 571 Corrosion & Materials Classroom *New*


API 571 ICP Corrosion and Materials Certification



API 571 ICP Corrosion and Materials Certification, like the API 580 certification, highly specialized inspectors, engineers, other professionals across the entire petrochemical industry can obtain the API 571 Corrosion and Materials certification as a validation of their knowledge on damage mechanisms.

API RP 571, 3rd edition (2020) is the latest edition that describes damage mechanisms affecting equipment in the refining and petrochemical industries. A critical first step in managing equipment safety and reliability is the identification and understanding of the various damage mechanisms.

Proper identification of damage mechanisms is also required when implementing the API Inspection Codes (API510, API 570, API 653) and in carrying out Risk Based Inspection (RBI) per API 580 and API 581. When performing a fitness-for-service (FFS) assessment using API 579, the damage mechanisms need to be understood and considered when evaluating the remaining life.

The 4-day API 571 classroom course aims to provide the participants with a thorough understanding of the various damage mechanisms contained in the latest edition of API RP 571-2020.

The 66 damage mechanisms contained within this course are common to a variety of industries including refining and petrochemical, pulp and paper, and fossil utility.


The API 571 training course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to pass the exam and includes:

  • Wet H2S cracking
  • Reheat cracking
  • Sulfuric acid corrosion
  • Polythionic acid stress corrosion cracking
  • Dissimilar metal weld (DMW) cracking
  • CO2 corrosion
  • Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)
  • Caustic corrosion
  • Soil corrosion
  • Sulfide stress corrosion cracking
  • Graphitic corrosion
  • Phosphoric acid corrosion
  • Brittle fracture
  • Mechanical fatigue
  • Chloride stress corrosion cracking


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
  • Introduction to API 571
  • Material Properties
  • Codes & Standards
  • Structure & Damage Mechanisms Grouping
  • Mechanical & Metallurgical Failure
  • Loss of Wall Thickness Damage Mechanisms
  • High Temperature Corrosion Damage Mechanisms > 400°F
  • Environmentally Assisted Cracking
  • Refinery Specific Damage Mechanisms
  • High Temperature Hydrogen Attack & Titanium Hydriding
  • Mock Exams
Course Name:

API 571 Corrosion & Materials Classroom *New*



Online Start Date:



£1,650.00 + VAT

Classroom Start Date:

Nov 26, 2024

Classroom End Date:

Nov 29, 2024

API Exam Window:

6th-27th December 2024

API Exam Deadline:

Oct 4, 2024