How API 936 Certification Will Improve the Safety and Quality of Refractory Linings

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has announced the launch of a new certification program for refractory lining inspectors, aimed at enhancing the safety and quality of industrial furnaces, pipes, and equipment that operate at high temperatures.

Refractory lining is a protective layer that provides high-temperature resistance and protects the structure from thermal shock, wear, and erosion. Refractory lining is widely used in various applications in the oil and gas sector, such as fired heaters, boilers, reformers, cracking units, and sulfur furnaces.

The new certification, known as API 936 Refractory Personnel, will assess the knowledge and skills of individuals who are involved in the inspection, installation, testing, and repair of refractory linings. The certification will cover topics such as refractory materials, selection, design, installation, inspection, testing, and repair methods, as well as relevant codes and standards.

According to API, the certification will benefit the industry by:

  • Providing a standardized and recognized credential for refractory personnel
  • Improving the competency and performance of refractory personnel
  • Enhancing the reliability and integrity of refractory linings
  • Reducing the potential for failures, leaks, and accidents
  • Increasing the efficiency and lifespan of equipment and processes

The certification exam will consist of 75 multiple-choice questions, based on the API 936 Refractory Installation Quality Control Guidelines, Third Edition. The exam will be administered by Prometric, a global provider of testing and assessment services, at various locations worldwide. The certification will be valid for three years, and can be renewed by passing a recertification exam.

The first exam window for the API 936 certification will be from September 15 to October 15, 2024. The application deadline is August 15, 2024. Applicants must have at least one year of verifiable experience in refractory installation, inspection, testing, or repair, or a degree or certificate in a related field.

For more information about the API 936 certification, please visit theĀ API website.

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