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.
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.