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Pressure Relief Valves Inspection


ASME Pressure Relief Valves Inspection Training Course

3-days of classroom/workshop training 

The ASME Pressure Relief Valves Inspection Training Course is a three-day course covering the inspection and maintenance of Pressure Relief Valves (PRV’S). The course combines both theoretical instruction and practical workshop training on a variety of PRVs. The aim is to improve your technical knowledge in the principles of PRV operation, maintenance and inspection while considering both the dimensional and operational characteristics.

What Is A Pressure Relief Valve?

Pressure relief devices are used to protect pressure equipment and systems from exceeding the accumulation of over-pressure which may build up as a result of operational upsets, equipment failure or in the event of a fire. These items are safety-critical and in the world of pressurised equipment can be considered the last line of defence.

Failure of these devices to function correctly may lead to a serious accident or explosion; therefore, it is vitally important that these valves are adequately designed, inspected and maintained.

PRVs are used in a wide variety of process conditions, ranging from clean service to heavily corrosive process fluids. The devices shall be inspected and tested at intervals that are frequent enough to verify that the devices perform reliably in a particular service environment.

Who Is The Course Suitable For?

The course content intends to provide an appreciation and to improve your technical knowledge in the principles of PRVs. PRVs are not exclusively a maintenance activity and should be considered as essential training for all parts of the organisation; including maintenance, operations and inspection to ensure the associated risks are fully understood.

Still Unsure?

If you are unsure on whether this course meets your requirements and career progression, or if you have any uncertainty on what we have discussed, please contact us for additional advice.

Duration: 3 Days Classroom/Workshop


  • Other Types of Protective Devices (Closing / Non-Closing)
  • Statutory Requirements
  • PRV Testing and Strip Down Requirements
  • PRV Technical Standards
  • PRV Types and Terminology
  • Different Methods of Pressure Relief; PRVs, Bursting Discs Etc.
  • Pressure Accumulation Limits (API/ASME Limits: Steam Service)
  • Fluid Categorisations
  • Inspection of PRVs
  • Damage Mechanisms
  • Failure Modes


Wilkinson Coutts is an approved ASME training provider for the three different levels of Plant Inspector, levels 1, 2, and 3 each with increasing levels of difficulty. These courses provide a measurable way for the participating delegates to demonstrate their breadth of skill and knowledge in the assessment and management of fixed pressure equipment. The plant inspector courses are held over one calendar week, typically with three to four days training followed by the exam on the final day. Importantly, these courses are delivered by experienced in-service inspectors and integrity engineers who can share their knowledge and provide real-life examples during the course. All successful candidates will be awarded an ASME certificate.

Yes, the full total cost includes online training, any classroom training, relevant training material, examination, and certificate costs.

If you choose to do the e-Learning only level 1 course, the examination is held at our company office in Aberdeen, or at our venue in Immingham. This can be arranged by appointment.

Unlike API training where the exam is held within a Prometric Test Centre, the ASME examination is held within the classroom on the final day of classroom training.

There is no registration required to sit the ASME examination. The delegate must complete the full duration of classroom training prior to sitting the exam.

To be considered for direct entry to ASME Plant Inspector Level 2, we ask that the delegate holds at least 1 API, whether it be API 510/570 or 653. We do accept delegates to sit the training without having had API training prior however at the very minimum the ASME Level 1 certificate is required. It is possible to achieve the ASME Level 2 certificate without having undergone any form of API training, however, for the sake of the delegate, we do recommend having this to avoid any unnecessary struggle on the course.

Plant inspector Level 3 (Principal Level) is an intensive course suitable for candidates who wish to demonstrate the highest level of technical and management-related knowledge relating to plant inspection. Direct entry to level 3 would be ideal for those individuals who are Chartered Engineers or similar. Those who hold level 2 and have gained further experience at that level are also eligible. All suitability for this level will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum requirements have been satisfied as this course relies heavily on experience and prior knowledge.

Course Modules

Module 1
  • Principles of Pressure Relief
  • Different methods of pressure relief; PRVs, bursting discs
  • Pressure accumulation limits (API/ASME limits: steam service)
  • Fluid categorisations
  • PRV design fundamentals
  • Principles of high lift, blowdown, spring ranges
  • Pre-installation inspection and verification
  • Certification and ID requirements
  • Installation methodology
  • In-service Inspection
  • As received lift testing requirements
  • Stripdown and inspection
  • Sealing surfaces assessment and lapping
  • Re-assembly methodology
  • Leak testing
  • CDTP Lift testing
  • Final examination requirements
  • Certification requirements
  • Safety in the workshop
  • Knowledge check
Course Name:

Pressure Relief Valves Inspection



Online Start Date:



£1,950.00 + VAT

Classroom Start Date:

Jul 25, 2023

Classroom End Date:

Jul 27, 2023