IFIA has operated a Petroleum Inspector Certification Programme since 1998, with two sets of test questions reflecting differing practices and standards in the USA & Canada, and in the rest of the world. In 2016 the examination questions were standardized, so that there is now one examination taken by all petroleum inspectors worldwide.
The examinations are monitored by advisory boards which include representatives from oil companies.
To become a Certified Inspector of Petroleum, candidates must be employed by, or contracted to, an IFIA member company, or to a company which has completed the required registration process (see below). Candidates must complete a specified set of training tasks as defined in the Training Requirements List and pass an examination. Successful candidates will receive a certificate to document their achievement. Certificates are valid for a period of five years, following which it is necessary for inspectors to be re-examined.
All examinations are now computer-based, and can be taken at a local test centre, selected by the inspection agency.
Test Question Books are provided for free download for training and examination preparation. Versions of the examination test questions in English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish are available. Inspectors may sit the examination in any of the available languages.
The choice of examination language must be made when a candidate application is made to IFIA.
Examinations in Africa, Asia and Europe, and in Central and South America and the Caribbean will take place on a rolling programme, with examinations being offered in each country every six months. Please follow the link to the examination schedule page to see when examinations will be offered in your region, and also to see when applications must be submitted to IFIA for approval.
Examinations in the US, US Territories and Canada take place throughout the year, and applications can be submitted at any time.
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR IFIA MEMBERS
APPLICATION PROCESS FOR NON-IFIA MEMBERS
Companies will be charged for each candidate registered with IFIA to take the examination. Fees from January 2016 are GBP 110 per candidate for IFIA members, and GBP 330 per candidate for non-IFIA members. A registration fee of GBP 20 is charged for each branch registering to submit candidates for on-line examinations. This will be a one off fee and will not be repeated unless branch details are changed. Fees for the US and Canada are USD 150 for existing IFIA members, USD 550 for non-members and USD 30 for branch registration.
As noted above, training is a key part of the certification process. An attestation that all of the specified training tasks have been completed is included on the application form. In addition to this attestation companies will be asked to submit copies of internal training records for review. This will be on a random basis for IFIA members and will apply to all first-time candidates from non-IFIA member organisations.
These records should, as a minimum, show clearly that each training task on the International Training Requirements List (available below) has been completed with a corresponding date and signature (trainer or manager). A Training Record Book which may be used to maintain these records is available for download from the link below. All training records for review by IFIA must be provided in English.
RESULTS AND CERTIFICATES
Examination scores, and certificates for successful participants, are issued electronically to the branch contact or scheduler by IFIA during the month following the examination.
Examination scores and certificates will be sent to non-IFIA members on payment of any outstanding fees.
A list of certified Petroleum Inspectors in the US, US Territories and Canada is available online via the following link.
Certified inspectors US, US Territories and Canada only
For other confirmations or clarifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspector Training Record Book
This book may be used as part of an in house training record and contains all of the training tasks required for IFIA certification.
Training Requirements List
This lists mandatory Training Tasks which must be completed by all candidates prior to taking the certification examination.
The Test Question Books contain the question bank from which examination questions will be taken, and can be downloaded for examination preparation and training. The correct answers are marked by an asterisk. These latest editions are marked August 2016.