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Back to the Basics: API 1169 for Pipeline Inspectors

Updated: Sep 15, 2023


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API 1169, also known as Recommended Practice 1169, is a set of guidelines published by the American Petroleum Institute (API) that provides requirements for the inspection of new onshore pipeline construction. The API 1169 certification program is designed to ensure that pipeline construction inspectors have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their duties safely and effectively.

The API 1169 exam covers a wide range of topics related to pipeline construction, including:

  • Inspector responsibilities

  • Personnel and general pipeline safety

  • Environmental and pollution control

  • General pipeline construction inspection

  • Welding and inspection of welded joints

  • Testing and inspection of pipelines

  • Quality assurance and quality control

To become certified, applicants must pass the API 1169 exam, which is a 3-hour, multiple-choice exam with 115 questions. The exam is administered by Pearson Vue testing centers.


The API 1169 certification is valid for 5 years. To maintain their certification, individuals must complete 30 hours of continuing education every 5 years.

The API 1169 certification is a valuable asset for pipeline construction inspectors. It demonstrates their knowledge and skills, and it can help them advance their careers.


Here are some of the benefits of being API 1169 certified:

  • Increased job opportunities

  • Higher salary

  • More responsibility

  • Improved safety record

  • Enhanced credibility with clients and employers

If you are interested in becoming a pipeline construction inspector, the API 1169 certification is a great way to demonstrate your knowledge and skills. The certification process is rigorous, but it is worth it to achieve this valuable credential.


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