American Petroleum Institute (API)

API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector


Credential: API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: American Petroleum Institute (API)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The American Petroleum Institute (API), API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector certification is an intermediate-level credential for petrochemical technicians and other professionals. The aim of the API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector certification is to promote safe storage and material handling of petroleum products in a manner that protects employees, the public, and the environment. Candidates are required to be employed by or under contract to an authorized inspection agency or owner/user agency and have a combination of education and work experience that satisfies the equivalent of five years of related experience. API does not have a minimum education requirement if the candidate meets the experience criteria; that criteria includes skill and experience in design, construction, operation, or inspection of aboveground storage tank skills. Additionally, candidates must have one year of supervisory or inspection experience that satisfies the guidelines set in the API 653 standard. Candidates with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in engineering or technology are expected to have one year of experience along with having the skills of supervision or performance of inspection activities of aboveground storage tanks as described in API 653. Candidates must pass a written exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 5 years
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Petroleum Institute (API)

200 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 1100
Washington, DC  20001-5571

Phone: (202) 682-8000

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Option 1:

Candidate must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree or higher in engineering or technology; and
  • One year of experience performing or supervising piping systems inspection as described in API 653.

Option 2:

Candidate must have:

  • A two-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology; and
  • Two years of experience designing, constructing, repairing, operating or inspecting piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 653.

Option 3:

Candidate must have:

  • A High School Diploma or equivalent; and
  • Three years of experience designing, constructing, repairing, operating or inspecting piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 653.

Option 4:

Candidate must have:

  • Five years of experience designing, constructing, repairing, operating or inspecting piping systems, of which one year must be in supervision or performance of inspection activities as described in API 653.

The API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidate must have acquired work experience within the last ten years while employed by, or under contract with, an authorized inspection agency or owner/user agency as defined in API 653.

Written Exam

  • Calculations and Tabular Evaluations for Evaluating Thickness Measurements, Weld Sizes, and Tank Integrity
  • Welding on Atmospheric Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • Welding on Atmospheric Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • Practical Knowledge - General
  • Practical Knowledge - Specific

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the American Petroleum Institute (API) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector

Renewal Period: 3 years

The API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector credential has the following recertification information:

  • In addition, API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank certification holders are required to take an online, open-book quiz every six years in order to recertify.
  • The API 653 Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector certification is renewed every three years. Certification holders must demonstrate that a minimum of 20% of time over the three-year certification period was spent performing or supervising aboveground storage tanks inspection activities as described in the API 653 inspection code. 

    Additional information can be found on the API website.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

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10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

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Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

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6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

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High

Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

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