API 580 Training Course

Risk Based Inspection, 20 hour online exam prep course.

Overview of the API 580 Training Course

API welcomes highly specialized inspectors, engineers, other professionals across the entire petrochemical industry to obtain the API 580 Risk Based Inspection certification as a validation of their profound knowledge of Risked Based Inspection (RBI).

RBI has quickly become one of the industry’s premiere instruments and preferred methods of inspection. The API 580 certification will add significant value to your professional credentials, demonstrating to your employers and clients that you have obtained a high level of proficiency and understanding in this very important field.

API 580 certification is valid for a three-year term.

Current API 510, 570 or 653 certification holders automatically qualify to take the API 580 Risk Based Inspection certification exam.

If you do not hold a current API 510, 570 or 653 certification, then qualification is based on a combination of your level of education and industry experience acquired within the last 10 years.

Prior to submitting an application, please use the table below to determine if you qualify to take the API 580 exam. The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application.

The API 580 Risk Based Inspection certification exam tests the individual’s knowledge and expertise in the field of Risk Based Inspection.

  1. Questions on the 2016 examinations are based on API Recommended Practice 580 Risk-Based Inspection, 2nd Edition 2009.
  2. Questions on the 2017 examinations will be based on API Recommended Practice 580 Risk-Based Inspection, 3rd Edition 2016.

Course Structure:

  1. Purpose
  2. Scope
  3. References
  4. Terms and Definitions
  5. Basic risk Assessment Concepts
  6. Introduction to Risk Based Inspection (RBI)
  7. Planning the RBI Assessment
  8. Data, Information Collection for RBI
  9. Damage Mechanisms
  10. Assessing POF
  11. Assessing COF
  12. Risk Determination
  13. Risk Management with Inspection
  14. Other Risk Mitigation Activities
  15. Reassessment and RBI
  16. Roles, Responsibilities, Training, and Qualifications
  17. Documentation and Record Keeping
  18. RBI Pitfalls
  19. Exam - Practice

Exam Information:

  1. The API 580 exam is 4 hours long.
  2. There are 70 questions, all multiple-choice and closed-book. Paper and reference materials are not allowed into the examinations.
  3. This examination has a set passing point of 70%, or 49 correct answers.

Are you qualified to take the API 580 exam?

Education Years of Experience Experience Required
BS or higher in engineering or technology 1 year Any experience in the petrochemical industry
2-year degree or certificate in engineering or technology 2 years Any experience in the petrochemical industry
High school diploma or equivalent 3 years Any experience in the petrochemical industry
No formal education 5 or more years Any experience in the petrochemical industry

Notice and Disclaimer for API training students:


This does not register you for the examination. You will have to register separately at API's website. If you have not already registered for the exam, you need to download an application from the API website listed here . The codes and standards that are needed to prepare can be purchased from several sources online. They are referred to as exam packs. Here is a link for the exam packs.

Atlas API Training presently provides online preparation courses for API 510, API 570, API 580, API 1169, PT, MT and API 653 certification exams.

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