API 1169

Effective January 20th, 2020


From the latest API Individual Certification Program (ICP) statistics, over 9,000 inspectors are certified!  If you have not signed up to take the exam, there are only 3 opportunities to take the exam in 2020:

  • April 10 - 24, 2020 which closes for registration without late fees on February 7, 2020
  • August 14 - 28, 2020 which closes for registration without late fees on June 12, 2020
  • December 4 - 18, 2020 which closes for registration without late fees on October 2, 2020

The good news, 70% of the inspectors taking the exam pass.  Start the process here https://www.api.org/products-and-services/individual-certification-programs#tab-about

If you are a Quality Integrated Services, Inc. inspector, resources are available.  For more information contact Greg Young [email protected]

Effective February 8th, 2019

The API 1169 Certification is a major certification in the API Individual Certification Program, but through agreement with the industry, the price has been kept artificially low in order to reach established industry goals.

API will announce a price increase inline with the other major certifications beginning April 1st, 2019.  

Beginning April 1st, the fee for the 1169 exam will increase to $480 for non members and $360 for API members.

Effective September 5th, 2018

  • The American Petroleum Institute (API) updated their scheduled exam dates for 2019.  Please see the Scheduled Exam Dates tab for details on this updated list of exam dates and their respective application deadline dates.
  • We have added a new exam prep partner in our "Training Resources" area.  PBOK’s Centre for Pipeline Knowledge provides training that comprehensively prepares individuals for the American Petroleum Institute (API) 1169 certification exam by reviewing all information in the API Recommended Practice 1169 and API 1169 Body of Knowledge.  This is provided at a premium fee that candidates can find complete details listed on their respective website.  As a bonus, they offer a 20% discount on the course for those that sign up from visiting our website.

Effective November 21st, 2017

TransCanada released their notice to all 3rd-party inspection companies that they do business with to push for 100% certification compliance with the API 1169. Here's an excerpt from that letter:

This notification serves as a reminder that TransCanada is working closely with all approved suppliers to ensure that we collectively reach the goal of 100% API 1169 Certification compliance by Jan 1, 2019. As of Q3 2017, all TransCanada CORE Construction Managers have obtained their API 1169 certification.

Effective immediately, the afore-mentioned API 1169 Certification items will strongly be considered when making project resourcing decisions which includes hire and release determinations.

To read the full letter, please visit this link.

Effective July 28th, 2017

API announced testing dates for all of 2018.  Please see the tab labeled "Scheduled Exam Dates" on this page for complete details.

Williams Companies outlined their plan to utilize the API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification or the API SIEE Source Inspector Electrical Equipment Certification for Instrumentation and Electrical Inspectors beginning this year.  Here's an excerpt of the letter we sent out to our staff:

Williams will require that all of its onshore inspectors be certified by the American Petroleum Institute by the end of 2019. Our goal is that 25 percent of our onshore inspectors be certified by the end of this year (2017), and 65 percent by the end of 2018. These certifications standardize knowledge and skill sets and will enhance the quality and safety of new construction. This requirement does not apply to Williams' offshore projects.

Effective July 7th, 2017

We added a new area on the left for "Training Resources" for referring candidates to training resources we have confidence in.  As resources become available, we will add new locations that inspectors can utilize for getting additional training for the API 1169 Certification Exam. These are provided at a premium fee that candidates can find complete details listed on their respective websites.

Effective May 16th, 2017

The following are pointers for applicants to the API 1169 Certification Program to help make the application process more efficient and successful. It has also been disclosed that API is offering an additional testing date.  See the Scheduled Exam Dates tab for details.  This was sent to us by The INGAA Foundation to inform everyone of the latest news from API:

  • Make sure that you understand the qualification requirements for the program. You can find information about the API program here: www.api.org/icp, (navigate to Step 1: Certifications and then select API 1169 – Pipeline Construction Inspector from the dropdown menu.)
  • Make sure that you have all relevant documentation and contact information handy. You will need to upload your diploma or any relevant certifications.
  • In applying to API, focus on listing the “required” education and experience that can be verified.
  • Check that your employment references are still alive and that phone and email contact information is accurate.
  • When completing your application, ensure you understand the differences among “Pipeline Inspection Experience,” General Oil and Gas Inspection Experience,” “Non-Inspection Pipeline Experience,” “General Oil and Gas Industry Experience” and “Other Heavy Industry Experience” as defined by API and select the correct category for each job listed. Each of these categories have a different requirement for length of experience. Refer to the API website for an exact description and experience requirement of each.
  • Provide your employment references with the exact details of what you submitted on the application. This makes their verification much simpler.

As always, if you have questions, please call our offices during regular business hours and ask to speak to our Safety Coordinators or Personnel Directors.

Effective March 30th, 2017

QIS is pleased to announce our partnership with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to provide inspection services in the coming 2017 construction season. We have been asked by our partner at ACP to pass along the attached brochure to provide important information about the project.  

Please note that a large majority of inspection personnel will be required to have their API 1169 to be considered for the project. Please contact our offices for any information regarding preparing for the API 1169 certification exam.



Background Info

The boards of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the INGAA Foundation Inc., the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and the CEPA Foundation – major pipeline trade associations in the U.S. and Canada, respectively – have voted to endorse a program to ensure all pipeline inspectors doing work for their member companies are certified by 2018.

The Pipeline Inspector Certification Program is part of the continuous improvement process to enhance the operational reliability and safety of pipelines. By standardizing the baseline certification of pipeline inspectors across the industry, we can enhance the quality of new construction.

Reasons to have a certification program:

  • Availability of Experienced and Qualified in-house inspection personnel is limited – many contract inspectors are performing inspection work without direct owner/operator supervision and oversight.
  • Uncertainty and difficulty regarding contractor/inspector qualifications
  • Pipeline Inspectors represent the industry and are expected to make significant decisions
  • Public safety frequently rides on their decisions. At the time there were no uniform requirements to determine the knowledge and skills required to perform inspection activities
  • API’s 3rd party certification process would be unbiased and uniform in nature

Potential Benefits:

  • Provides industry with a method for centralized, independent, unbiased, legally-defensible certification
  • Provides industry with a readily-accessible program to identify qualified inspectors
  • Professional credential is industry-designed and industry-accepted
  • Demonstrates industry support for minimum inspector competence
  • Promotes industry safety, personnel and process management, and environmentally-sound performance
  • Reduces the time and resources necessary for industry to qualify inspectors in-house or to screen/ pre-qualify contractors
  • Demonstrates to authorities a proactive approach to training/qualifying industry personnel and directly addresses recent concerns regarding new construction inspections.

For more information, please visit this link.

2020 Test Dates

API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification

April 10 - 24, 2020 - Deadline to apply:  February 7, 2020

August 14 - 28, 2020 - Deadline to apply: June 12, 2020

December 4 - 18, 2020 - Deadline to apply: October 2, 2020


API SIEE Source Inspector Electrical Equipment Certification

July 17 - 31, 2020 - Deadline to apply: May 15, 2020

November 6 - 20, 2020 - Deadline to apply: September 4, 2020



Minimum Qualification Requirements:

The qualification requirements for API 1169 are based on a combination of the number of years of experience acquired within the last 20 years, plus education, and in some cases, other certifications. The first step in the process is determining and verifying your qualifications.

Summary/Additional Info

In summary, Operators are beginning to require the API 1169 Certification for future projects.  The first of the Operators are going to require it later this year, and several others are indicating they “prefer” inspectors who have it.  Avoid the rush and start preparing now!  If a situation presents itself where the Operator you are interested in working for requires the certification, it could take from 3 to 6 months to get it.

Steps to follow:

1.) Certifications - View certification info, qualification requirements and study materials.

2.) Apply - Submit new, reschedule and recertification applications.

3.) Schedule Exam - Schedule a test and learn about exam day.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: Where do I start the process for registering for the API 1169?

A: Api.org is where your journey to becoming 1169 certified will start, under the tab products and services, click on Individual Certification Programs (ICP). Once there you will see tabs on the left hand side of the page going over all the information you will need.

Q: Is there a discount available to QIS inspectors to take the exam?

A: As a member of API, all QIS inspectors are eligible for a discount.  When you're enrolling to take the exam, you can place QIS as your place of employment which will give you a $100 discount to take the exam.  For more information about this, please call API and they will direct you how to apply this discount.

Q:  How long is the test?

 A: 100 question, multiple choice exam.

Q: How much time do I have to complete the exam?

A: 3 Hours

Q: Where can I take the exam?

A: Once your registered through API and the ICP portal you will have the option to pick your testing location based off of where you are currently located and where ProMetric Testing facilities are offered. Below is the link to find an exam location closest to you.


Q: What, if any qualifications do I need to have?

A: On api.org they have a qualifications page to verify if you met the minimum requirements of API to take the 1169, you can also refer to our qualifications page on this website.

For a more extensive list of FAQs, please visit API's website for more information.

Q: If I need additional assistance, who can I contact?

A: Call our offices and speak to Frank Hensley @ 405-604-9500 at our OKC office.  If he's unavailable, call Dominic DeJoseph @ 580-468-6601 at our Guymon office.  


Training Resources

The following are various paid training resources that inspectors can utilize to get prepared to take the American Petroleum Institue (API) API 1169 Certification Exam:

  • PBOK’s Centre for Pipeline Knowledge:  This training comprehensively prepares individuals for the American Petroleum Institute (API) 1169 certification exam by reviewing all information in the API Recommended Practice 1169 and API 1169 Body of Knowledge. The training features U.S.-specific study material including key highlights, recommended reading, terminology, scenario-based assessments, self-assessments, and practice questions organized by topic. The course concludes with a practice exam that has been developed to mimic the style and content of the API 1169 multiple choice exam. The practice exam can be repeated, as the question bank includes over 200 practice questions.
    • For a 20% discount, enter the coupon code QISAPI.
    • Please click this link to view the course outline.

  • Velocity Training:  This Online Training course focuses on better preparing individuals for the API 1169 exam and covers the information outlined in the Body of Knowledge; including codes, standards, best practices, and required areas of inspector proficiency. The course covers the information from the basics to the less understood quality and environmental principles that are heavily tested on during the exam. Included within the course, there are several practice exams formatted like the API multiple choice exam. The question bank includes over 800 practices questions to test inspectors on code reference and general knowledge categories.  
    • Please click this link to view their product flyer. 
    • Velocity offers a discount to current or potential ACP inspection staff using the discount code: ACP300

  • Offered by The University of Texas at Austin - Petroleum Extension (PETEX®):  Pipeline Construction Inspection is an all-inclusive, blended-learning course designed for individuals who are seeking to become certified pipeline inspectors through API. Course participants have online access to multimedia learning modules four weeks in advance of a five-day classroom instruction session in Houston. The course is scheduled to sync with API’s 1169 exam dates, and online exam prep and exam registration support are included.