Many pipeline owners have said that they will be selecting inspectors later in 2016 based on those who secure this certification. Currently, the exam is only offered 3 times per year, so an exam participant may have to wait 4+ months after deciding to take the API 1169 exam.
The number of inspectors who will be taking the API 1169 preparation course and exam is expected to grow exponentially, increasing the risks of delays and hassles. There are currently only 161 people in who are certified out of 10,000 total inspectors.
If you have the time to invest now, you can increase your chances of passing the test by investing in the Joe Knows Energy API 1169 preparation course. The current passing ratio for the API 1169 exam is 48%.
What is the schedule for the upcoming exams, when does the application need to be complete, and how much does it cost to apply?
The exam is 3 hours, 100 multiple choice questions taken at a local computer testing site (Pro-metric facility, several 100 around the country).
Exam participants are searched, identified, and heavily monitored while in the testing center.
The current pass rate among API 1169 exam participants is less than 50%! This exam requires you to understand and research many federal regulations during the 3-hour time-limit. The use of code reference documents is in digital format, which requires you to understand how to effectively use & search PDF documents. API utilizes “exclusion” words in an attempt to make you answer incorrectly if you do not read the questions carefully. Typically, the answer selections are very similar, ensuring you have a complete understanding of the Body of Knowledge material.
Remember API has a Q&A section on their website, www.API.org.
There are over 20 source documents containing thousands of pages, and exam questions are picked from a pool of thousands of questions. This makes it very challenging to know what info to focus on.
You cannot bring resource documents into the exam. The only documents that you can use are certain regulations that have to be accessed via electronic sourcing procedures on your exam computer.
Many people who are not used to studying and passing exams do not have the support needed to “go at it alone”. The recent increase in the passing percentage may be because more students are receiving training help.
Passing score, has historically it has been 68%, when you finish the test you will be told if you “preliminarily” passed or failed and receive confirmation within 6-8 weeks.
Retest cost $150 and generally requires you to take the next test. If your retest falls outside of 1 year from the original exam date, you will need to reapply and pay $400 fee again.
Which test date works best for you? Do you have the time to take off work?
How do you learn best? What is the pass rate of their students?
When does their training happen?
There are many options including training facilities that train in 3 or 5 days, online training.
Joe Knows Energy provides an 100% online/ webinar support training that allows you to have the flexibility to learn at your own pace, the support of having a class of fellow students and instructors to train with, and convenience and costs savings that comes from taking the training from your home.
First off, I enjoy the course content. I enjoy the structured part of the whole course, and it gives an invaluable amount of knowledge and direction in studying for the course. The webinars are a great tool for getting some things out there for discussion. It is nice to get others' take on some of the questions, and some of the reasoning behind the arguments for those.). During the webinars I enjoy the quizzes, as well as the ones accompanying the course material. The content is great and the way some of them are worded is a welcome challenge. Those are similar to what I would expect from a test of this magnitude. Overall, I think the content and structure is fantastic, and I will recommend this course to my fellow workers. There is still a few bugs to work out, but I think you guys are doing a great job, and I still believe in the mission that Joe Knows Energy is trying to accomplish.