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Pre-qualification and area of examination

No prequalification (education, experience) is required.


The API SIRE – Source Inspector Rotating Equipment certification is open to applicants with any experience in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, as well as applicants wishing to gain industry experience.


The exam is 3.25 hours long and there are 110 questions, of which only 100 are scored.


The remaining 10 are pretest, which are not scored. Scored and non scored questions are shuffled and unmarked, so, you need to answer all questions.


All questions are multiple-choice and closed-book. Paper and reference materials are not allowed into the examinations.


Although exam scores are scaled in order to standardize the level of difficulty, you are required to answer roughly 70 scored questions correctly (minimum 400 on a scale of maximum 500).


API SIRE covers a wide range of inspection activities, codes, recommended practices and standards.


You are scored for your performance in the following areas during the examination.



Reference Study Materials


The following standards and recommended practices need to be studied for API SIFE examination:


API RP 578, Material Verification Program for New and Existing Alloy Piping Systems; 3rd Edition, February 2018


API Standard 610, Centrifugal Pumps for Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries; 11th edition, September 2010


API Standard 611, General-Purpose Steam Turbines for Petroleum, Chemical, and Gas Industry Services; 5th edition, September 2008, reaffirmed February 2014


API Standard 614, Lubrication, Shaft-Sealing and Control-Oil Systems and Auxiliaries for Petroleum, Chemical and Gas Industry Services; 5th edition, April 2008


API Standard 617, Axial and Centrifugal Compressors and Expander-compressors for Petroleum, Chemical and Gas Industry Services, 8th edition, August 2016


API Standard 618, Reciprocating Compressors for Petroleum, Chemical, and Gas Industry Services, 5th Edition, December 2007, reaffirmed August 2016


API Standard 619, Rotary Type Positive Displacement Compressors for Petroleum, Petrochemical and Natural Gas Industries; 5th Edition, December 2010


API Standard 677, General-Purpose Gear Units for Petroleum, Chemical and Gas Industry Service; 3rd edition, April 2006, reaffirmed November 2016


API Standard 692, Dry Gas Sealing Systems for Axial, Centrifugal, and Rotary Screw Compressors and Expanders; 1st edition, June 2018


ANSI HI 14.6, Rotodynamic Pumps for Hydraulic Performance Acceptance Tests, 2016


ASNT SNT-TC-1 A Personnel Qualification and Certification in Non destructive Testing 2011 EDITION


ASME Section II Materials, Part A, B, C, D


ASME Section V Non destructive Examination: Definitions in Subsection A, Article 1, Appendix I and Subsection B, Article 30, SE-1316 • Articles 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 23 (section 797 only)


ASME Section VIII Rules for Construction of Pressure Vessels, Division 1; Acceptance Criteria • USC 56-57 • Appendix 7- Examination of Steel Casting


ASME Section IX Welding and Brazing Qualifications, Welding only: QW 100-190; QW 200-290; QW 300-380; QW 400-490; QW500-540


ASTM A703 Standard Specifications for Steel Castings, General Requirements, for Pressure Containing Parts, 2018


MSS-SP-55 Quality Standard for Steel Castings for Valves, Flanges, Fittings and Other Piping Components, 2011


SSPC – PA 2 Procedure for Determining Conformance to Dry Coating Thickness Requirements, January 2015


SSPCSP1 Solvent Cleaning, 2015 SSPC‐SP3 Power Tool Cleaning, 2004


SSPCSP5 NACE 1 White Metal Blast Cleaning, 2007


SSPCSP6 NACE 3 Commercial Blast Cleaning, 2007


SSPCSP7 NACE 4 Brush-Off Blast Cleaning, 2007


SSPCSP10 NACE 2 Near-White Blast Cleaning, 2007


SSPCSP11 Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal, 2013


As you can see, it touches a wide range of subjects that a rotating equipment inspector shall be familiar with; although not as an expert with an in-depth knowledge.


API provides a very useful guide for SIRE that covers all the possible activities for inspection management of rotating equipment packages.


You can download the ‘’Study Guide for Source Inspection and Quality Surveillance of Rotating Equipment’’ for free from below link:


Study Guide for the Source Inspection of Rotating Equipment


Our E- Leaning Modules

The following modules are presented during our e-learning course to cover the body of knowledge or reference study materials.


Module 1: Exam & study tips


Module 2: API SIRE Scoring, Reference Documents & Exam Tips


Module 3: Guide for Source Inspection & Quality Surveillance of Rotating Equipment


Module 4: SSPC & MSS & ASTM A703 & A182


Module 5: ASME Sec. II; Materials; Parts A, B, C, D


Module 6: ASME Sec. V; Non destructive Examination


Module 7: ASNT SNT TC‐1A; NDT Personnel Certification


Module 8: ASME Sec. IX; Welding and Brazing Qualifications


Module 9: ASME Sec. VIII-Construction code for Pressure Vessels- Div. 1 & 2


Module 10: API 578; Material Verification Program (PMI)


Module 11: API Standard 610; Centrifugal Pumps


Module 12: API Standard 611; General Purpose Steam Turbine


Module 13: API Standard 614, Lubrication, Shaft-sealing


Module 14: API Standard 617, Axial and Centrifugal Compressors


Module 15: API Standard 618, Reciprocating Compressors


Module 16: API Standard 619, Rotary Type Positive-Displacement Compressors


Module 17: Module 18- API SIRE – API Standard 677, General-Purpose Gear Units


Module 18: API Standard 692, Dry Gas Sealing Systems


Module 19: HI 14.6, Rotodynamic Pumps Module


Module 20: Publication Effectivity Sheet Highlights


Module 21: API SIRE – Flash Cards – potential exam questions


Module 22: 3 sets of mock exams plus four sets of practice questions.



Our API SIFE course (E-learning as well as the blended or hybrid (e-learning + classroom training) including our mock exam questions are specifically aimed at covering the reference materials.