The API 1169 Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification Program was developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) in cooperation with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA). INGAA and CEPA have endorsed this certification program to establish an industry-wide credential for the inspection of pipelines. Inspectors will need to be certified by 2018. Read more here.



The API 1169 certification is available for qualified applicants. Depending on the category that an applicant is applying under, different certifications and work experience are required to take the API 1169 certification exam. We recommend visiting API's qualification page to confirm that you meet the requirements.


Exam Information

All questions on the API 1169 examination are derived from recommended practices and documents for both American and Canadian inspectors. These can be found in API's Publications Effectivity Sheet; the second page of the Publications Effectivity Sheet lists the references that will be available during the exam. It is important to note that not all publications will be available during the exam. These are also provided on API's Exam Info page.


Application Process

After confirming that the qualification requirements are met, API has an Individual Certification Program (ICP) Portal where you can apply for the exam. Please refer to API's application page for more details. Once the application has been processed, you will receive an "Eligibility ID". This allows you to schedule your exam through the Prometric Site. The date are application deadlines and exam windows for API's 1169 certification from API's schedule page.


For more information on scheduling or rescheduling your API 1169 exam please refer to API's Schedule Exam page.



API Member API Non-member
$300 USD $400 USD
API's official fee page lists the fees for all of API's certifications. Please note that these fees are not comprehensive, and there may be additional fees for rescheduling, taxes, etc.


Our Prep Course

The Centre for Pipeline Knowledge offers a classroom course that can help you pass this exam. Find classroom dates here or if you would like to do the course online click here.


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Disclaimer: This page is intended for informational purposes only. We recommend verifying information with API for accuracy. See

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