The API Individual Certification Programs (ICP) are well established in the oil/gas/petroleum industries. API runs multiple examination sites around the world at 6-monthly intervals. The three main ICPs are: API 570: Certified pipework inspector; API 510: Certified pressure vessel inspector; API 653: Certified storage tank inspector.

Key Features

  • Reviews one of API's three main ICPs: API 653: Certified storage tank inspector
  • Discusses key definitions and scope, inspection regimes and testing techniques relating to tank design, linings, welds, protection systems, repair and alteration
  • API Individual Certification Programs (ICP) are well established in the oil/gas/petroleum industries


Anyone studying the API 653 Certified Storage Tank Inspector Syllabus

Table of Contents

The Quick Guide Series

How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: Interpreting API and ASME Codes

1.1 Codes and the real world

1.2 ASME construction codes

1.3 API inspection codes

1.4 Code revisions

1.5 Code illustrations

1.6 New construction versus repair activity

1.7 Conclusion: interpreting API and ASME codes

Chapter 2: An Introduction to API 653: 2009 and its Related Codes

2.1 Section 1: scope

2.2 Section 3: definitions

2.3 API 653 scope and definitions: practice questions

Chapter 3: An Introduction to API RP 575

3.1 Scope

3.2 API 575 sections 1 and 2: scope and references

3.3 API 575 section 3: definitions

3.4 API 575 section 4: types of storage tanks

3.5 API RP 575: practice questions

Chapter 4: Reasons for Inspection: Damage Mechanisms

4.1 The approach to damage mechanisms (DMs)

4.2 API 575 section 5: reasons for inspection

4.3 API 571: introduction

4.4 The first group of DMs

4.5 API 571 practice questions (set 1)

4.6 The second group of DMs

4.7 API 571 practice questions (set 2)

4.8 The third group of API 571 DMs

4.9 API 571 practice questions (set 3)

Chapter 5: Inspection Practices Frequency

5.1 API 653 section 6: inspection

5.2 API 653 section 6: view of RBI

5.3 API 575 section 6: inspection frequency and scheduling

5.4 API RP 575: inspection practices

5.5 API 653: inspection intervals: practice questions

Chapter 6: Evaluation of Corroded Tanks

6.1 Introduction

6.2 The contents of API 653 section 4: suitability for service

6.3 Tank roof evaluation

6.4 Shell evaluation

6.5 API 653 (4.4): tank bottom evaluation

6.6 Foundation evaluation: API 653 (4.5)

6.7 Bottom settlement: API 653 Annex B

6.8 API 653 sec


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About the author

Clifford Matthews

Clifford Matthews CEng, FIMechE is Director of Matthews Engineering Training Limited, UK, which runs training courses in API 510/570/653, plant inspection, code design, pressure relief equipment and related subjects: over 4000 delegates have been trained in the past 10 years. He has worldwide experience in various industries and is the author of several books on topics relating to inspection. Matthews Training’s approach to teaching API subjects has achieved a first-time examination pass rate in the region of 90%.The company is an authorised global training provider to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Affiliations and Expertise

Matthews Engineering Training Limited, UK