Are you qualified to take the API Auditor Q1 exam?

Prior to submitting an application, please use the information below to determine if you qualify to take an API Auditor

Certification exam. The minimum experience required MUST be documented on your application.

The qualification requirements for all API Auditor certifications are defined in terms of five criteria.

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for EACH of the five criteria.

  1. Education
  2. Oil and gas industry experience
  3. QMS-related work experience
  4. Special training
  5. Auditing experience


Criteria Minimum Requirements Additional Info
1. Education 4-year College Degree
High School diploma AND 10 yrs. general oil and gas work experience 
  • High School is defined as 11-12 full years of schooling prior to college/university entrance
  • Diplomas must be translated officially into English
2. Oil and gas industry experience in any capacity With 4-yr College Degree: 5 years of work experience in the oil and gas industry
With a High School Diploma: 10 yrs. oil and gas work experience 
  • Includes work with oil/gas companies, or with equipment manufacturers and service companies that supply the oil and gas industry
3. Quality Management Systems (QMS) experience 3 years QMS experience in the past 5 years

Includes any the following QMS experience in any industry:

  • Quality Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • QMS/Processes Implementation
  • Quality Auditing
  • Inspection/Testing
  • Application of the various Quality Improvement Tools and Techniques (SPC, DOE, MSA, Lean Manufacturing, RCA, CPAR, etc.)
4. Special Training

API-U (or equivalent) API Spec Q1

~ AND ~

Lead Auditor Training in the past 3 years

If either training above occurred more than 3 years prior to the application, then supplemental auditing experience of 10 audits with a minimum of 30 days is required.
  • Acceptable training includes:
    Courses that require attendees to take an examination at the end
  • Course certificate must indicate successful completion.
  • Lead Auditor courses need to be at least 3 days (24 hrs. total) duration
  • Spec Q1 courses need to be at least 3 days (24 hrs. total) duration
  • The training courses may be taken together as long as they meet the combined minimum course duration.
5. Auditing Experience

At least 5 audits with a total of 15 days
If Lead Auditor/Q1 training occurred longer than 3 years prior to the application, applicant needs 10 audits with a minimum of 30 days. 

Auditing experience:

  • Must have been full system or complete audits
  • Must have been performed in an organization not related to the applicant
  • Must have been within 3 yrs. before application

    Audits that are NOT accepted:
  • Audits of less than one-day (8 hrs.) duration
  • Re-audits or follow up audits to verify implementation of corrective actions
  • Gap analysis audits 

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