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API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Exam Preparation Course Outline


Course Description

This course is designed to assist individuals who are scheduled to write the API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification Examination. The course consists of approximately 4 to 5 days of online pre-class work (this varies by individual), 3 days of instruction in a Live Webinar, and 3 practice exams. Registrants in this course will be supported through email and phone by the instructor from the start of the pre-class work up to the day of their examination. This course is based on the American documents in the API Effectivity Sheet and the API Body of Knowledge. Please ensure that you obtain the required Codes PRIOR TO THE COURSE! The online pre-course work will include downloads of the federal regulations and related documents but there are important documents that you must purchase or obtain in addition to the supplied documents. Review the API 1169 Effectivity Sheet for more information or contact Kinetic Inspection & Testing for details. See the video below for demonstration of how to use the course materials.


The prime objective of the course is to assist individuals to successfully write and pass the examination for the API 1169 Pipeline Inspector Certification. To accomplish this goal there are several steps, each with specific objectives.

Step 1: Pre-Class Work 

The pre-course online work will be available up to 100 days prior to your course dates. The objective of the pre-class work is to create a basis of knowledge and familiarity with the required documents, as well as to introduce individuals to the required study habits, key concepts and training materials that they will encounter in the classroom portion of the course and the exam. For many individuals, preparing for an important exam that is based on many reference materials is a very challenging task that they may not have attempted for many years. The pre-class work allows course participants an opportunity to become familiar with the course material and documents at their own pace prior to the in-class portion of the course, while being supported by the instructor by email and if needed, telephone. Please be sure to access your online training by logging in to Select "My Account", then look under "Online Training" to find it.

The pre-class work contains written instruction, examples and practice questions to assist exam candidates with:

  • Study methods and suggestions

  • Computer based exam preparation tips

  • Code Navigation

  • Key word and subject recognition

  • training in reading questions in an exam setting

  • gaining an understanding of their own areas of strength and weakness in regards to the required exam knowledge

Please note that the pre-class work does not cover all the documents listed on the API Effectivity Sheet. Rather, a selection of the documents listed in the API Effectivity Sheet that will be closed-book on the exam will be the basis for much of the practice questions and navigation exercises. The pre-class work is intended to get everyone to a basic level of knowledge and preparedness to allow for easier and faster coverage of the material in the in-class portion of the course.

Specific Subjects Covered in Pre-Class Work:

  • API 1169 – Navigation, concepts, key words and practice questions

  • API 1110 – Navigation, concepts, key words and practice questions (does not cover appendices)

  • API Q1 – Section 3, 4, 5 Navigation, key words and practice questions

  • ANSI Z49.1 – Chp.4, 5, 6, 8 Concepts, navigation, overall welding safety key words and welding definitions

  • CGA Best Practices – Overview, practice questions

  • INGAA Construction Safety Guidelines – overview, definitions, practice questions

  • ISO 9000 Quality Management Systems – Definitions, practice questions

  • API 1104 – Sections 3 – 11, navigation, concepts and practice questions, identification of key words

It is the intent of the pre-class work to introduce everyone to the required documents with the goal of creating a basic, common level of knowledge for the course participants in preparation for the in-class course work. Subjects will be linked to the Body of Knowledge required knowledge list to assist candidates in preparing for the examination.

Step 2: In-Class (Live Webinar) Instruction

The objective of the live webinar portion of the course is to provide detailed instruction that will build on the acquired knowledge from the pre-class work. This part of the course will focus heavily on linking concepts and ideas, identifying key words in questions that will direct ones to a certain document or subject, and preparing individuals for the types of questions they will encounter on the API ICP examination.

The live webinar class portion of the course will provide:

  • face to face instruction (a preferred learning method for many)

  • individual instruction opportunities before and after class, and at breaks

  • a review of pre-class concepts and information with new practice questions

  • new information and new concepts, focusing on Code and Standard navigation, key words, exam question wording

  • homework questions to be completed on the first and second nights, reviewed on the second and third mornings to allow for practice and personal assessment of learning

  • Three practice exams and post course lessons to be completed after the course, with instructor support for questions and issues up to the exam day assigned to each individual in the exam window.

Specific Subjects Covered In-Class (Live Webinar)

In the in-class portion of the course, all the pre-course work will be reviewed by means of class discussion and new practice questions primarily designed to be done as homework after class on the first day. Your in class notebook will be shipped out approximately a week prior to the course.

The in-class portion of the course will cover everything listed above for the pre-class portion and will also include all the reference documents that will be provided on the computer screen during the examination. This includes:

  • 49 CFR 192, 49 CFR 195 (Transportation)

  • 29 CFR 1910, 29 CFR 1926, 49, CFR 172 (Safety)

  • 33 CFR 321, 40 CFR 300, Wetland and Waterbody Construction and Mitigation Procedures, Upland Erosion Control, Revegetation and Maintenance Plan, Migratory Birds Permit, 33 USC Chapter 9, Endangered Species Act of 1973

  • Please note only the applicable parts of these documents will be considered. All of these are available from the API website as pdf’s with only the applicable parts included.

Subjects Covered

As Kinetic Inspection & Testing does not know what questions will be asked on the examination, the course is developed to specifically cover the current API Body of Knowledge issued for the exam. Each point on the Body of Knowledge will be addressed within the content of the course, either by directly introducing it in a practice question or by means of instruction in the classroom and course materials. As the Body of Knowledge changes each year there may be minor variations from what is listed in this outline, which is based on the current Body of Knowledge. The subjects and documents covered in each portion of the course are listed below.

This course will cover the main subject areas as identified by the API Body of Knowledge. Please note there are subjects covered on the Body of Knowledge that are also covered in the course that are not specifically listed here. 

Each document that will be available in the exam (listed above) will be reviewed for content, navigation, key words and concepts with the goal of being able to identify the source material for an exam question and quickly find the reference.

The in-class portion of the course will consider these reference documents by means of instruction and class discussion, and practice questions that will be primarily handled as homework at the end of the second day.

The homework will be reviewed on the second and third mornings. The third morning will be dedicated to finishing up any documents not covered on the second day, reviewing and answering any course participants’ questions, and discussing the challenges of the computer based examination. A review of the API Computer Exam Tutorial will be covered at this point.

The three practice exams will be available online at the end of the course with instructions and suggestions. Course participants will have answer keys for the exams. The exams will be 115 question, multiple choice exams similar to the exam that candidates will be writing.

The intent is for course participants to attempt the exams on their own, timing their attempt and only utilizing the documents that they are allowed during the exam. Instructor support will be available up to the exam day for each individual in the assigned exam window.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Registration in this course does not register an individual for the actual API ICP examination. This must be done through API at API expects all examination candidates to have relatively broad experience and knowledge prior to attempting this examination. If you have any questions regarding your suitability and chances of success in writing this challenging examination, please contact Kinetic Inspection & Testing and we will discuss your specific situation and give you recommendations on courses and training that will suit your specific goals and circumstances. 

Required Documents

Course participants will need and are required to have the documents listed on the API 1169 Effectivity Sheet (American List) prior to attending the course. As it will be virtually impossible to prepare for the exam without the documents please be sure to look after this by the time you begin your pre-course work.  As stated above, Kinetic Inspection & Testing will supply downloads of all the federal regulations and related documents in the download section of your course. However, course participants must obtain API 1169, API 1110 and API 1104, API SPec Q1 on their own. Some students do not purchase all of these documents, if you are wondering what is best for you please call Todd at 780-213-0292 to discuss further.

Useful Links:

API 1169 Program Information:

API 1169 Body of Knowledge:

API 1169 Effectivity Sheet:



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February 19, 2018
Graham Kerr, C.E.T. I took this course last year, wrote the exam and passed. The course was well taught and mostly showed you efficient ways of navigating the copious amount of material put in front of you. Bottom Line : pay attention and you’ll do just fine. Well worth it and thanks to Todd Smith for his guidance.
September 1, 2017
I got my API 1169 test results back today, and I’m happy with my mark. I strongly believe that I would not have done as well, if I hadn’t taken your course. Your class room prep course was well worth my time and money, I’ll definitely recommend it to others.
August 17, 2017
I found Todd Smith’s course very informative and he used a carefully chosen lesson plan. His course was very direct and to the point based off what you specifically need to know on the exam.
August 20, 2017
I felt that the course really helped me study for the exam, and the material was very similar and almost identical to the content of the exam. Thanks again for preparing me for the exam. I felt quite prepared going into it.
February 19, 2018
It was very clear that Todd loves to teach! He is very good at it, and I greatly enjoyed the class. I passed the exam and highly recommend Todd’s courses and will be taking more in the future!
February 19, 2018
Excellent course! Definitely helped me pass the exam and I highly recommend Todd and this course!
April 1, 2018
Great job Todd!
April 1, 2018
This class made me feel much better about taking the exam. The instructor was very knowledgeable with the course information and helpful with assisting on how to study for the exam and how to get through the exam day.
April 1, 2018
The instructor (Todd) was very clear on the information presented and very knowledgeable about everything. I was happy to have taken the class.
April 1, 2018
Good job sticking to the material concerning the 1169 exam, and setting the focus toward how to study certain sections of the material. Todd was good at explaining all aspects of the process in a way that everyone could understand regardless of their background! I think taking this course gives me the confidence I need going into the test.
April 6, 2018
I took my API 1169 test and got a Preliminary Pass! I do not believe I would have passed without your course and the additional help you provided for me.
April 1, 2018
I am certainly pleased that I picked Kinetic Inspection & Testing from the page that appeared following a Google search of "API 1169 training". I anticipate no problems with the exam.
April 1, 2018
Well delivered, very professional.
April 1, 2018
Course information was clearly communicated. Excellent instruction.
April 1, 2018
Well done course. Thanks Todd for the communication before the course as well to get us set up to attend.
April 1, 2018
I found the course and presentation excellent, this is a difficult topic to keep the attention and interest of individuals in a class. Very impressed. Thank you Todd
April 1, 2018
I am glad I did not try the exam on my own. I feel very confident going forward now. Thank you.
October 2, 2018
Hi Todd, I can’t thank you enough I just got confirmation that I passed the API exam. I really can’t thank you enough as I know without a doubt without your course I would have failed even with all my experience in my field.
October 2, 2018
Just received my marks. Overall score was 89%. Your course instruction aids and your teaching style made all the difference. I recommend your instructional workshop to anyone. Thanks again.
November 16, 2018
Thanks Todd, I have taken an abundance of job related courses and none have had an instructor with the knowledge base you have. You’re and instructor who actually cares!
November 16, 2018
I found the explanations very clear and appreciated how many hints and references were made through the course. I really enjoyed this course and the format the information was presented in. I feel prepared to write this exam and it has encouraged me to consider pursuing additional API certifications in the future.
November 27, 2018
Good course. Explanations really helped comprehension and retention of information.
November 27, 2018
Enjoyed your course and presentation of the content. I have gained a lot of confidence towards writing the exam.
November 27, 2018
I liked how you limited student "stories". I’ve been in many courses where students continuously feel the need to share their experiences. This never provides any valuable learning time, only distractions. I took your 510 course previously, and learning is easy with your instruction due to the course structure and your well spoken lectures.
November 27, 2018
Instructor was very knowledgeable and provided "easy to relate" examples for clarification.
November 27, 2018
I enjoyed how you are able to show how the American and Canadian codes relate to each other. This course provided the best description of this that I have ever seen. I feel this will definitely come in handy in the future.
November 27, 2018
Todd’s knowledge and experience made the course an educational and enjoyable experience. The course content was delivered in very understandable format. The study styles and recommendations made the content understandable for all levels of experience.
November 27, 2018
You did a great job presenting the information as well as displaying passion for the topics covered. The course material and your ability to present the topics covered exceeded my expectations.
May 22, 2019
Todd’s ability to get the info across was great. The total overview of the course was well put together and does give the confidence needed for the exam. Thanks Todd. Great Course!
October 13, 2020
Just wanted to let you know I passed the exam!! I am so glad I took your course, it definitely helped me succeed in the exam. There was definitely a lot of information but you explained and taught the course very clearly and showed easy ways to navigate the crazy amount of documentation. I also enjoyed the online self study as well, made it easy to study and keep track of progress and also helped show areas that I needed to be work more on.
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