API 1169 Webinar

Joe Knows Energy is offering an 100% online webinar to prepare pipeline inspectors to succeed at the API 1169 exam. Here are several questions and answers that many have asked:


To ensure public safety, the Federal Government, via the Department of Transportation (DOT) and its Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) require pipeline inspectors to be knowledgeable in regards to what they inspect. In response to this requirement, in 2014 the American Petroleum Institute (API) developed an exam and certification to provide all inspectors a benchmark knowledge level. They call it the API 1169 Inspector Certification Program. It is a 3-hour, 100 question exam that tests the knowledge of pipeline inspectors.


In January of 2016 after studying this program, the Boards of both the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), which represent many of the pipeline owners in North America, voted to endorse having 100% of the pipeline inspectors who work for their member companies obtain the API 1169 certification by the end of 2018. INGAA and CEPA made this decision in order to enhance the quality of pipeline construction.
Therefore, if an inspector desires employment from an INGAA or CEPA member company, which represents the vast majority of the pipelines in North America, he or she should take the API 1169 exam as soon as possible.


The API 1169 certification program is available to all pipeline inspectors, as well as other industry personnel. Before one applies for the exam, he or she should make sure to review the qualification requirements of the Individual Certification Program (ICP) at WWW.API.ORG.


Additional certifications are available, for specialty inspectors and are intended to compliment this certification. They include American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) and NACE coating inspectors. The structure of inspector certification is illustrated below.

Why should I take it now?

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%.

When are the exams, how much does it cost, and how do I apply?

What is the schedule for the upcoming exams, when does the application need to be complete, and how much does it cost to apply?

    • November 11th – 25th, 2016; Application is due by September 16th
    • January 28th – February 9th, 2017; Application is due by November 19th
    • April 14th – 28th, 2017; Application is due by February 3rd
    • August 11th – 25th, 2017; Application is due by June 2nd
    • December 8th – 22nd, 2017; Application is due by September 29th

Exam fee is $300 for employees of API member companies, $400 if not an employee of API member company.
You can apply on the following website – ICP Portal or at bit.ly/23lMynV.

What is the length of the test and how hard is it?

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.

What is the application process?

Remember API has a Q&A section on their website, www.API.org.

  • First Tip – Determine if you qualify! What category do you fall under? Remember that there is both an experience and education requirement.
  • Second Tip – Be aware that you have to first register with API in the Individual Certification Program.
  • Third Tip – When you enter in your info, enter in your most recent employers that will qualify you for the required experience, stop once you have met this requirement. Gather the dates and companies and contacts, including names, emails, phone #’s- HR rep and manager, needs to be two different emails
  • Fourth Tip – Ensure that the info that you enter will be confirmed by your references. You should call or email them to ensure that their info agrees with yours. API will check with them,
  • Fifth Tip – Plan on following up with your references to ensure that they send API a response.


JKE is offering guidance and support to prepare you for exam day!

Sign up for the JKE API 1169 webinar & begin your preparation today!

Price: $99

100% online webinar!

Why has the pass fail ratio so low? Though 2015 it was 48%, in 2016 it has been 72%

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.

What is a passing score?

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.

What to look for in a training program?

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.

    Ben Sisler
    Ben Sisler Course Participant