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BABRTs 973 on API 653: Storage Tank Inspector

By: BABRTs 973 [53] 5 Stars
Date: Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Time: 10:33:40 AM

First, have you done any tank inspections or have background in aboveground storage tank repair or construction? Just using online recourses to attempt passing the 653 will be difficult. Just reading, knowing and understanding the Body of Knowledge is really all that is necessary.
Easy.
If you know what you are reading. A 653 has to have a grasp on several disciplines.
Welding
Coating
Cathodic Protection
Construction
NDE
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Safety
No one is a expert in all, but you need to have a understanding of each and how it applies to tank repair and construction.
I never took the prep class for my test. I was doing inspections for two years and learned in the field. I have a background in welding, inspection, NDE, and civil. And it has been 22 years since I took the thing.

Passing the test is application of discipline to sit down and read. You can pay a bunch of money which may or may not force you to do what you can do for free. If you take the BOK and study it for a month every day and have a application where you can use this knowledge you are acquiring on a somewhat consistent basis, you should be able to pass this test without a prep class. However, if you have doubts about your discipline, I would recommend the on site prep classes. If you cant take the time to study on your own, you will not take the time to use a online class.
Just my opinion.





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