API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Certification Preparation Course

Details :

This is an intensive 5-day training course to provide a comprehensive understanding of the design, inspection and maintenance of aboveground storage tanks based on API 653 standards. It aims to provide the oil, gas and petrochemical industries with the assurance that inspectors have been trained under this internationally recognized program to have the
required knowledge and experience for inspection of in-service aboveground storage tanks.

Course participants aspiring to be certified by API will get well versed with the various code books and standards to be prepared for the API 653 examination

The Training provides participants with:
1. Knowledge of API publications and other international standards that include:
· ASME Sect V – Non-destructive Examination
· ASME Sect IX -Welding and Brazing Qualifications
· API RP 571 - Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refinery Industry
· API RP 575 - Inspection of Atmospheric and Low-Pressure Storage Tanks
· API RP 577 - Welding Inspection and Metallurgy
· API Standard 650 – Welded Tanks for Oil Storage
· API RP 651 – Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks
· API RP 652 – Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Bottoms
· API Standard 653 – Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction

2. Knowledge and expertise that are required for maintenance, rating, inspection, repair and
alteration of in-service aboveground storage tanks;
3. Information of API Individual Certification Program and API 653 Inspector certification process;
4. Practical tests that simulate the API 653 ICP exam;
5. Competence and confidence to finally achieve API 653 ICP qualification.

The course is designed for inspection engineers, Inspection personnel, Operating engineers, Managers, Maintenance engineers and personnel involved in design, operation, inspection and maintenance of aboveground storage tanks. This course will also be beneficial to those who are preparing themselves for the API 653 certification examination.

Introduction, Publications, Course Outline and Body of Knowledge
API RP 575, Inspection of Atmospheric and Low-pressure Storage Tanks

ü Scope, Terms and Definitions

ü Reasons for inspection and Causes of Deterioration

ü Inspection Planning

ü Frequency, Extent and Methods of Inspection

ü Leak Testing and Hydraulic Integrity of Bottom

ü Repairs and Alterations

ü Records and Reports

API 650, Welded Tanks for Oil Storage

ü Scope and organization of the code

ü Definitions and materials

ü Design and Fabrication

API 650, Welded Tanks for Oil Storage (Cont’d)

ü Design and Fabrication (cont’d)

ü Erection

ü Methods of Examining Joints

ü Welding and Marking

API 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction

ü Scope, organization and definitions

ü Suitability for Service

ü Brittle Fracture Considerations

ü Inspection


API 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration and Reconstruction (Cont’d)

ü Materials

ü Design considerations for reconstructed tanks

ü Tank repair and alteration

ü Dismantling and reconstruction

ü Welding

ü Examination and testing

ü Marking and recordkeeping

API RP 651, Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks

ü Scope and definitions

ü Corrosion and determination of need for CP

ü Methods and design of CP

ü Criteria for CP

ü Installation of CP


API RP 652, Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Bottoms


ü Scope and definitions

ü Corrosion mechanisms

ü Determination of need for tank bottom lining

ü Selection of tank bottom lining

ü Surface preparation

ü Lining application

ü Inspection of lining

API RP 571, Damage Mechanisms (related to pressure vessels in general)


ü Brittle Fracture

ü Mechanical Fatigue

ü Atmospheric Corrosion

ü Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)

ü Microbiologically Induced Corrosion (MIC)

ü Soil Corrosion

ü Caustic Corrosion

ü Chloride Stress Corrosion Cracking (Cl-SCC)

ü Caustic Stress Corrosion Cracking (Caustic Embrittlement)

ü Sour Water Corrosion (Acidic)

ü Sulphuric Acid Corrosion

ASME Section 5


ü Article 1, General Requirements

ü Article 2, Radiographic Examination

ü Article 6, Liquid Penetrant Examination

ü Article 7, Magnetic Particle Examination

ü Article 23, Section SE-797, Ultrasonic Standards


ASME Section 9


ü Article 1, Welding General Requirements

ü Article 2, Welding Procedure Qualifications

ü Article 3, Welding Performance Qualifications

ü Article 4, Welding Data

API RP 577, Welding Inspection and Metallurgy


ü Definitions

ü Welding inspection, processes, procedure, materials

ü Welder qualifications

ü Non-destructive examination

  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

daily 09:00 – 14:00