CodeWest API 653 Exam Prep Course

API 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector Certification Exam


JULY 10 1/2 Day Course Dates
July 7 through noon July 17, 2014
JULY 8 1/2 Day Course Dates
July 9 through noon July 17, 2014
Tuition - 10 1/2 Day
$1,995 per person*
Tuition - 8 1/2 Day
$1,595 per person*
May 9, 2014

Course hours: Classes are scheduled to begin at 8AM and end at 5PM each day. The last day of class normally ends at 12 noon and is the day before the exam whenever possible. Instructors often stay after class or return for evening review sessions.

CodeWest Exam Prep Courses often fill near or prior to the API exam registration deadline. You may now register online using the links below.

July API 653 Exam Prep Course:

Purchase orders: call 281-392 4540 or email for a registration form.

Payment by check: call 281-392 4540 or email for a registration form.

(Registration with CodeWest does NOT register you to take the API 653 exam.)
(* There is a $75.00 fee for shipping pre-course study guides outside the US.)

API Exam Registration Deadlines and "exam windows":
JULY: Deadline May 9, 2014 / exam window: July 18 – August 1, 2014

You may now register online with API for the API-570 Individual Certification Program (ICP) examination.
Phone: 202-682-8064
Web Site:

Contact API now to get your preferred exam location.
Your application must be received by API no later than the deadline dates above.



CodeWest API 653 Exam Prep Course Registration, Tuition, and Payment

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Tuition: 8 1/2 Day Course = $1595.00* per person / 10 1/2 Day Course $1995.00* per person
(* There is a $75.00 fee for shipping pre-course study guides outside the US)

Online registration: we accept Visa, MasterCard, or American Express:

Online CodeWest course registration links:

July API 653 Exam Prep Course:

Purchase orders: call 281-392-4540 or email for a registration form

Payment by check: call 281-392-4540 or email for a registration form

Have a group to train? We also provide on-site training at your facility for API exam preparation and other related training.

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Who Should Attend?

This course is not just for those taking the API 653 ICP Exam. Students attending CodeWest API 653 Exam Prep Courses are also involved in new construction of tanks, interacting with inspectors, tank maintenance and operation, regulators, and environmental control.

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Course location

We have chosen a convenient but quiet neighborhood in the Westchase area of Houston. The Westchase Hilton is a full service hotel just across the street from several restaurants (Subway, Outback Steak House, Chili’s and others).

We have arranged a special discount at the Westchase Hilton but you should make your reservations 30 days in advance to assure availability.

Call the hotel direct 30 days in advance to get our discount: PH 713 974 1000

Hilton Houston Westchase
9999 Westheimer Road
Houston, Texas, United States 77042-3802
Course Location

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API and ASME Codes and Standards Required For Study and Training

Each student must supply the API and ASME Codes and Standards referenced on the "Publications Effectivity Sheet" published by API for the exam and exam date on which they plan to sit for the exam.

The "Publications Effectivity Sheet" is available at:

Be sure you double check the information to be certain it is identified for the specific exam and exam date you are preparing for.

Supplier of codes: Techstreet: Phone 800 699 9277 or at:

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API and ASME Codes and Standards Training

CodeWest also provides related API and ASME training. Classes and workshops can be customized to fit your needs.

Ask a quick question about other CodeWest codes and standards training.

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CodeWest API 653 Exam Prep Course Instructors, Authors, and Editors

J. W. Coley is the primary author of this course. Jim is a Registered Professional Engineer and has served on many API committees. He served as Chairman of the API Subcommittee on Inspection, Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Corrosion, Materials and Inspection and participated as a member of several Task Groups including API-510, API-570 and API-653.

Richard L. Seay is a degreed engineer with 34 Years experience in refining including responsibilities such as design engineer, inspection engineer, assistant chief inspector, supervisor - process engineering, manager - energy conservation, supervisor of utility operations, supervisor of environmental operations, supervisor - process safety management and manager of inspection. Richard held the API-510, 570 and 653 certifications, is a past member of the API Inspection Committee and has extensive experience working with and training Inspectors. Richard also presents our API-570 exam prep course. He recently retired form a large refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Marvin L. Coats has more than 25 years experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of pressure systems and related equipment. His experience spans nuclear & fossil power generation, upstream oil and gas and transport tanks/vessels to name a few. He is an active and past member of several ASME boiler and pressure vessel committees Subgroup Section I Design and past member of Subgroup General Requirements Section VIII. Marvin holds an active NB Commission with A, B, N, I and IS endorsements. Marvin is an experienced trainer is ASME and API topics. He has taken over updating and editing the CodeWest API-510 and API-570 courses.

Will Carter is the past Chairman of the API-650 Committee, initiated API-653 and also participated on the API-653 Task Group which developed the original 653 document. Will is a Professional Engineer with over thirty years experience and holds a Ph.d. in Mechanical Engineering. Will has presented this course several times with excellent results for his students.

Charlie Cramlet: Charlie brings over 25 years of experience to CodeWest. Experience from working hands on as a welder, NDE Level II, API-510, 570 and 653 Inspector, CWI and National Board Commissioned Inspector. Charlie was a Chief Inspector for one of the largest chemical companies in the world. He is also experienced in presentation of technical material in many formats and forums including inspector training.

CodeWest does not receive information from the American Petroleum Institute concerning specific contents of API certification examinations.

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