API 653 Preparation Course

Course Overview

This class is an intense one-week (5 instructional days) course designed to prepare the participant to take the API-653 Authorized Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Certification Examination. The course is also beneficial for design, operating, maintenance, erection, fabrication, engineering, reliability, and repair personnel of aboveground storage tanks interested in learning more about the Codes and how to navigate through them.

This course will include but not be limited to the following:

  • Calculations such as:
    • Minimum Thickness for Existing Tank Shell
    • Maximum Period of Operation
    • Minimum Thickness for Tank Bottom Plate
    • Maximum Fill Height (Hydrostatic testing)
    • Corrosion Rates & Inspection Intervals
    • Inspection Frequency Determination
  • Inspection Frequency Determination
  • Welding and Nondestructive Testing Requirements
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Daily Quizzes
  • Practice Examination

Attendees are required to have access to the edition of the Codes, Standards, and Recommended Practices detailed in the applicable “Publications Effectivity Sheet” available on the API website.

  • API 650, Welded Steel Tanks for Oil Storage
  • API 653, Tank Inspection, Repair, Alteration, and Reconstruction
  • API - RP 575, Inspection of Atmospheric ands Low-Pressure Storage Tanks
  • API - RP 651, Cathodic Protection of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks
  • API - RP 652, Lining of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Bottoms
  • API-RP 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment
  • API-RP 577, Welding Inspection and Metallurgy
  • ASME Section IX, Welding, Brazing, and Fusion Qualifications (Welding only)
  • ASME Section V, Nondestructive Examination

*Early registration is required; pre course study material is provided. Registration must be received at least four weeks prior to the start date of the course. Registrations, after this time period, will be accepted based on the participant's familiarity with Code topics.

*API and ASME Code Books are not provided and are the responsibility of the participant.