API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector

This training course is designed to train individuals who are interested in obtaining the API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector Certification, as well as those who are seeking a better understanding of ASME Section VIII and IX code requirements. Included with the course is a pre-study guide and student classroom workbook. The student receives instruction regarding how to take the test, as well as insight into the intricacies of "real world" situations. Daily tests are designed to gauge students’ proficiency and understanding of the material.

The training course covers head and shell calculations, hydrostatic test pressure calculations, reinforcement calculations, shell external pressure calculations, impact test requirements and determination, development and review of welding documentation and NDE requirement.

This training course will highlight:

  • Head and shell calculations of ASME Sec VIII Pressure Vessels
  • Hydrostatic test pressure calculations & Impact test requirements
  • Detailed Demonstration of API 510 Codes
  • The Best Methodology to study for the exam
  • Real Exam Tricks & Simulation

Who is this Training Course for?

Any inspector who is responsible for inspection activities of pressure vessels according to API 510 code of inspection or aims to thoroughly understand the inspection methodology of pressure vessels and the basics of design, fabrication and examination of pressure vessels according to ASME Sec. VIII Div.1.

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit: 

  • Asset Integrity Engineers
  • NDT Engineers & Technicians
  • Fresh Graduated Mechanical Engineers
  • In service inspectors
  • All candidates who aim to register for API 510 exam

The organizations who delegate their employees to attend this valuable course will gain well trained employees who will be qualified to pass easily the API 510 exam and consequently become technically able to inspect pressure vessels according to API 510.

Organisational Impact

The trainees of this course will be qualified to set inspection plans for all pressure vessels in their organisation plants and will be able to inspect and conduct preventive inspection methodologies to protect the pressure vessels from different corrosion and cracking mechanisms; this indeed helps to increase the revenue of the organization by guaranteeing safe operation of the assets owned and operated by the organization.

After attending this PetroKnowledge training course, the delegates will be qualified to easily pass API 510 exam and be certified and consequently be important employees in their organization, certified and well trained.

Personal Impact

The trainees of this course will be qualified to establish inspection plans for the pressure vessels exist in their organization and be able to inspect and conduct preventive inspection methodologies to protect the pressure vessels from different corrosion and cracking mechanisms.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

08:30 Registration (Day1)

08:40 – 10:00 Session I

10:00 – 10:15 Refreshment

10:15 – 12:30 Session II

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00 Session III

15:00 – 15:15 Refreshment

15:15 – 17:30 Session IV

17:30 End of Day

*Schedule may vary for each training

What are the Goals?

By the end of this Petroknowledge training course, participants will learn to:

  • Get prepared for the next API 510 exam and acquire enough knowledge and skills to pass such exam in order to get the API 510 Pressure vessel Inspector certificate.
  • Apply and gain an in-depth knowledge on API 510 pressure vessel code: maintenance, inspection, rating, repair and alteration (API exam preparation training)
  • Identify the service restrictions, joint efficiencies and radiography and discuss vessels under internal pressures like shell and head calculations
  • Recognize maximum allowable working pressure and define hydrostatic head pressure and hydrostatic-pneumatic tests
  • Understand postweld heat treatment and use cylinder under external pressure
  • Describe and identify the charpy impact testing and fillet welds and reinforcement
  • Discuss ASME section IX overview and write a welding procedure specification and welders qualification
  • Review WPS’s and PQR’s and define ASME section-V: NDE
  • Analyze API Recommended Practices 577 welding inspection and metallurgy
  • Implement API Recommended Practices 571 damage mechanisms

How will this Training Course be presented? 

This interactive PetroKnowledge training course includes the following training methodologies:

  • Workshops & Work Presentations
  • Case Studies & Practical Exercises
  • Videos & General Discussions
  • Demonstration of Real Exam Tricks
  • Demonstration of questions of Previous Real Exams

Day One

  • Introduction and Review of API 510 Body of Knowledge
  • UW-3 Welded Joint Category and Service Restrictions
  • UW-12 Joint Efficiencies
  • UW-51 Radiographic Examination Of Welded Joints
  • UW-52 Spot Examinations of Weld Joints
  • UG-27 Thickness of Shells Under Internal Pressure
  • UG-32 Formed Heads Pressure on the Concave Side
  • Example problems calculations

Day Two

  • UG-98 Maximum Allowable Working Pressure
  • Hydrostatic Head Pressure
  • Hydrostatic, Pneumatic Tests and Test Gauges
  • Post weld Heat Treatment
  • UW-16 Minimum Requirements for Attachment Welds at Openings
  • Brittle Fracture and Charpy Impact Testing Overview
  • Example problems calculations

Day Three

  • Impact Testing Exemptions
  • UG-84 Charpy Impact Tests Test Specimens
  • UG-77 Material Identification Overview
  • UG-116 Required Marking and name plate
  • Corrosion and Minimum Thickness Evaluation
  • API-510 scope Terms, Definitions
  • API 510 Types of Inspection and Surveillance
  • Inspection During Installation and Service Changes
  • Repairs, Alterations, and Rerating of Pressure Vessels
  • Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry API 571
  • Example problems calculations

Day Four

  • ASME IX Welding Procedure Qualifications WPS & WPQ & PQR
  • Welding Processes
  • Welding Essential &non-essential and supplementary essential Variables
  • P- Numbers& S-Numbers$ F-number and A-number
  • Welders test positions& Diameter & thickness qualification and position qualification
  • Alternate F-Numbers and Alternate P-Numbers
  • Welding Inspection and Metallurgy API 577
  • Hot Tapping and In-Service Welding
  • Example problems calculations

Day Five

  • API 576 Descriptions of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • Causes of Improper Performance of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • Inspection and Testing of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • API 572 Pressure Vessel Inspection
  • ASME Section V - Nondestructive Test Methods
  • Radiographic & Liquid Penetrant & Magnetic Particle AND Visual Test examination
  • Final Practice Exam

1. Studying For The Exam

  • Publications Effectivity Sheet - Questions on the API 510 exam are derived from the publications listed in this document.
    • Only the specific sections of publications that are listed on the Effectivity Sheet will be available to you during the open-book portion of the exam.
    • API 510 Publications Effectivity Sheet for September 2019 - January 2020 exams
  • Body of Knowledge - List of specific topics included in the API 510 exam

2. Exam Structure

  • The API 510 exam day is 7.5 hours long - a short tutorial session, 2.75 hours for the closed-book portion, a 45-minute lunch break and 3.75 hours for the open-book portion. 
  • There are 170 questions on the exam, of which only 140 are scored. The remaining are pretest questions.
  • There are 110 closed-book questions and 60 open-book questions. 
  • View the Exam Tutorial before exam day to familiarize yourself with the format. 

3. What Can You Bring Into The Exam

  • Papers, notes and books are not allowed in Prometric’s computer testing centers.  
  • PDF documents of pertinent codes and standards will be available on your computer during the open book portion of the exam and will be presented in English. 
  • Learn More about Exam Day

4. Additional Resources

Are You Qualified To Take The API 510 Exam?

As outlined in the Appendix B of the API 510 Standard, the minimum qualification requirements for API 510 Pressure Vessel inspector certification are based on the combination of education and experience related to pressure vessels. This 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.

Based on the 10th edition of API 510, a National Board certification is no longer accepted as a substitution for passing the exam.

Prior to submitting an application, please use the table below to determine if you qualify to take the API 510 exam. The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application and will be verified after your application has been submitted. 

 

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

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

No formal education

5 or more 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

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Bring some other form of identification showing a photograph, i.e. Passport or Photo Driving Licence.

All other equipment and training materials are provided by Cutech.

Protective gloves, protective eye glasses and plastic aprons are also available for the use of students.

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