API – 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector

Ref : API_510
  • The course prepares the professional for the API 510 exam. The course is an intensive Five days course with a heavy emphasis on the use of the codes and mathematical calcu­lations.
  • API Authorized Pressure Vessel Inspectors must have a broad knowledge base relat­ing to maintenance, inspection, repair, and alteration of pressure vessels. The API 510 Certification Preparation is designed to equip the professional with such information and understand the exam format.

Learning Objectives

The course provides participants with the knowledge necessary to:

  • Successfully pass the API 510 pressure vessel inspector certification exam
  • Effectively use major codes: ASME B&PV Sections V, VIII, & IX
  • Perform all basic vessel calculations needed for the API exam (e.g. tmin, test pressure, MAWP, static head, MDMT, corrosion rates, remaining life, etc.)
  • Use API’s requirements during inspection, repairs, and alterations of pressure vessels
  • Review welding procedures (WPS/PQR) and welder performance qualifications (WPQ)


This course will specifically benefit Engineers, Supervisors, and Managers from the follow­ing disciplines:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Inspection
  • Maintenance & Operations
  • Technical & Engineering
  • QAQC

and technical personnel with 2-3 years of experience in the management and planning of inspection and maintenance activities of pressure vessel system at upstream oil & gas facili­ties, refineries, process plants and petrochemical facilities.


Module - 1 Welcome and Introduction

O verview of API 510 Course

Module - 2 Joint Effeciencies

Module - 3 Thickness Calculations

Module - 4 Static Head

Module - 5 External Preasure

Impact Testing


Module - 1 Pressure Testing

Module - 2 Weld Size For Attachment Welds at Openings

Module - 3 Nozzle Reinforcement

Module - 4 Scope of API 510


Module - 5 Definitions

Owner /user inspection organization


Module - 1 Inspection, Examination and Pressure Testing Practices

Module - 2 General Types Of Inspection And Surveillance

Condition Monitoring Locations

Condition Monitoring Methods

Module - 3 Pressure Testing

M aterial Verification And Traceability

I nspection Of In-service Welds And Joints

I nspection Of Flanged Joints


Module - 4 Interval/frequency and extent of inspection

Module - 5 Inspection data evaluation, analysis, and recording

Module - 6 Fitness For Service Analysis Of Corroded Regions


Module - 1 Repairs, alterations, and rerating of pressure vessels .

Module - 2 Heat Treating Requirements

Module - 3 Introduction to ASME Sec. IX

Module - 4 API RP 576, Inspection of Pressure-Relieving Devices

Module - 5 Article 1, General Requirements - Article 2, Radiographic Examination

Module - 6 Article 6, Liquid Penetrant Examination -

Article 7, Magnetic Particle Examination (Yoke and Prod techniques only)

Article 23, Ultrasonic Standards, Section SE–797

Module - 7 API RP 576, Inspection of Pressure-Relieving Devices

Module - 8 Discussion