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API-1169: Pipeline Construction Inspector Certification Program

To assist personnel prepare for the examination, Liberty has partnered with Velocity Training. This is an on-line comprehensive review of the reference documents upon which the exam is based.

While some of you may not have worked for Liberty Pipeline Services in the past, we hope there is a time in the future when you could be employed by our company.

As most of you are undoubtedly aware, the American Petroleum Institute (API) completed the first Pipeline Inspector certification program in 2014 which is referred to as API 1169. The certification program was developed in cooperation with industry experts in order to establish an industry-wide credential for the inspection of new construction of on-shore pipelines. As API is not a regulatory agency, the Certification program is not required by law, however; most if not all of our energy related clients are adopting a policy to require the Certification for ALL inspection staff working on their projects effective in 2018. Many clients are already giving preference to hiring inspectors who have obtained this certification.

  • The API 1169 exam is 3 hours long. There are 100 questions, all multiple-choice and closed-book. Paper and reference materials are not allowed into the examinations. (The Regulatory Documents listed above will be available electronically during the exam).
  • API gives each candidate 12 consecutive months to pass an exam.  This 12-month period begins with the first scheduled exam date.   
  • If a candidate does not pass the examination on the first attempt, the exam may be rescheduled within the allowable 12-month period.  Reschedule fees apply.
  • If the candidate is unsuccessful within the allotted 12 months, a new application must be submitted along with a new application fee.
  • Examination scores and results are sent by Prometric to each applicant via e-mail approximately eight (8) weeks after the exam.  
  • If a candidate passes the exam and has no deficiencies in their application, they will be certified.  
  • A paper certificate and wallet card will be mailed out approximately 2-4 weeks after the results have been.

Program Overview

You can take sample tests as many times as you want and will have access to 24/7 assistance, if needed, by using the “chat” feature located within the course content.

The link to the 30 day course page is:

The link to the 90 day course landing page is:

Enter the following code for a $195 discount: LIBERTY-1169

  • 30 Day Course – Normally $695; with Liberty Discount Code: $500
  • 90 Day Course – Normally $795; with Liberty Discount Code: $600

While we are not in the position to reimburse each prospective employee for the costs incurred for the certification, Liberty will provide our inspectors a $50 payment each pay period for inspectors who have obtained their API 1169 Certification. (26 Pay Periods x $50 = $ 1,300). This payment, effective immediately, is in addition to existing compensation. Liberty will continue this additional payment throughout 2017 at a minimum.

Liberty has been fortunate to have employed hundreds of you. For those of you we haven’t had the pleasure of employing, give us a call at (832) 585-0903.

Click here to find out if you qualify for the program or to register.

Click here to find a local testing center.

Supporting Documents

We want you to succeed, so we are supplying you with some additional details that may assist you as you work to acquire your certification. We look forward to you joining our growing team!

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