The 10-Day API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code (API Exam Preparation Training)

An Intensive 10-day Training Course

The 10-Day API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code
(API Exam Preparation Training)

Maintenance, Inspection, Rating, Repair and Alteration

The 10-Day API 510: Pressure Vessel Inspection Code (API Exam Preparation Training)

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Why Choose this Training Course?

This Petroknowledge 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

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

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

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

Organisational Impact

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.

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.

Personal Impact

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.

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.

Daily Agenda

Day One – Code of Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels ASME Section VIII
  • Service Restrictions - Joint Efficiencies - Radiography
  • UW-3 Weld Categories
  • UW-51 RT Examination of Welded Joints
  • UW-52 Spot Examination of Welded Joints
  • UW-11 RT and UT Examinations
  • UW-12 Maximum Allowable Joint Efficiencies
  • Exercises UW 3, 11 and 12
  • Vessels under Internal Pressure
Day Two – Code of Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels ASME Section VIII (Continued)
  • UG-27 Thickness of Shells under Internal Pressure
  • UG-32 Formulas and Rules for Using Formed Heads
  • UG-98 Maximum Allowable Working Pressure
  • Hydrostatic Head Calculations
  • UG-99 Hydrostatic Test Pressure and Procedure
  • UG-100 Pneumatic Test Pressure and Procedure
  • UG-102 Test Gages
Day Three – Code of Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels ASME Sec VIII (Continued)
  • Postweld Heat Treatment
  • UG-28 Thickness of Shells and Tubes (External Pressure)
  • Charpy Impact Testing
  • UCS-66 Materials
  • UCS-67 Impact Testing of Welding Procedures
  • UCS-68 Design
  • UG-84 Charpy Impact Test Requirements
  • Fillet Welds and Reinforcement
  • UW-16 Weld Size Determination
Day Four – Code of Design & Fabrication of Pressure Vessels ASME Sec VIII (Continued)
  • UG-36 Openings in Vessels
  • UG-37 Reinforcement of Openings
  • UG-40 Limits of Reinforcement
  • Materials Name Plates Data Reports
  • UG-77 Material Identification
  • UG-93 Inspection of Materials
  • UG-116 Name Plate Markings
  • UG-119 Name Plates
  • UG-120 Data Reports
Day Five – Start BOK of ASME Sec IX Code
  • Corrosion Calculations
  • Inspection Interval
  • Corrosion Rate and Remaining Life
  • Long and Short-Term Corrosion Rates
  • ASME Section-IX Overview
  • Article I General Requirements
  • Article II Welding Procedure Qualifications
  • Article III Welding Performance Qualifications
Day Six - BOK of ASME Sec IX Code (Continued)
  • Article IV Welding Data
  • Writing a Welding Procedure Specification
  • Welding Procedures by Essential Variables
  • Welder’s Qualification
  • Welder Testing and Qualification
  • Review of WPS’s and PQR’s
  • Practice WPS/PQR reviews
Day Seven - BOK of ASME Sec IX Code & Start of ASME Sec V Code
  • ASME Section-V: NDE
  • Article 1 General Requirements
  • Article 2 Radiographic Testing
  • Appendix 4 - Section VIII Rounded Indications
  •  Article 23 SE-797 Standard Practice for Measuring Thickness by the Pulse-Echo Contact Method
  • Appendix 12 - Section VIII Ultrasonic Acceptance Criteria
  • Article 6 - Penetrant Testing
  • Appendix 8 - Section VIII Methods for Liquid Penetrant Exam
  • Article 7 - Magnetic Particle Examination
  • Appendix 6 - Section Magnetic Particle Examination
 Day Eight - BOK of API RP 577
  • API RP 577 Welding Inspection and Metallurgy
  • Definitions Welding Inspection
  • Welding Processes
  • Welding Procedure
  • Welding Materials
  • Welder Qualification
  • Non-Destructive Examination
  • Metallurgy
  • Refinery and Petrochemical Welding Issues
  • Terminology and Symbols
  • Actions to Address Improperly Made Production Welds
  • Welding Procedure Review
  • Guide to Common Filler Metals
  • Example Report of RT Results
Day Nine - BOK of API RP 571
  • Temper Embrittlement
  • Brittle Fracture
  • Thermal Fatigue
  • Erosion/Erosion-Corrosion
  • Mechanical Failure
  • Atmospheric Corrosion
  • Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI)
  • Cooling Water Corrosion
  • Boiler Water Condensate Corrosion
  • Sulfidation
  • Chloride Stress Corrosion Cracking (Cl-SCC)
  • Corrosion Fatigue
  • Caustic Stress Corrosion Cracking (Caustic Embrittlement)
  • Wet H2S Damage (Blistering/HIC/SOHIC/SCC)
  • High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA)
Day Ten - BOK of API RP 572 & 576
  • API RP 572 Inspection of Pressure Vessels BOK
  • Scope
  •  Reasons for Inspection
  •  Causes of Deterioration
  •  Methods of Repairs
  •  Inspection Records and Report
  • API RP 576 Pressure Relieving Devices BOK
  •  Scope
  •  Types of Pressure Relieving Devices
  • How to inspect Pressure Relieving Devices


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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