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API 579 Fitness for Service Fundamentals for Plant Engineers

Gain insights on how to use API 579 to identify mechanical degradation mechanisms & use Fitness For Service (FFS) techniques to ensure safe and reliable operation of pressure equipment

10 Days

30 hours

Online learning

3 CPD points

Course starts on 28 Mar 2022

Time remaining to start date:

What You Will Learn:

Mechanical degradation mechanisms

Selecting an appropriate FFS technique

Conduct a level 1 and level 2 FFS

Course Approach

Learn - We will present the basic API 579-1 (ASME FFS-1) theory that will provide context and a solid foundation.

Practice - We will go through examples together where we apply the Fitness For Service (FFS) theory in various contexts.

Apply - You will be given an opportunity to apply the theory and lessons learned from examples to complete the two class projects which will then be evaluated by the course leader.


Introduction: Orientation & course welcome

Module 1: Fitness for service evaluation procedure

Module 2: Mechanical degradation mechanisms 

Module 3: Level 1 FFS assessment

Module 4: Level 2 FFS assessment

Module 5: FFS and the South African legal context

Class Project 1: Conduct a level 1 assessment for a general metal loss defect

Class Project 2: Conduct a level 2 assessment for a crack-like defect

This course includes:

25 hours on-demand videos

Course delivered over 10 days

Useful articles

One 3-hour live group session

2 downloadable resources

A single review of the class projects

12-months access to digital content

Certificate of completion

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Who should attend?

  • System engineers

  • Maintenance engineers

  • Reliability engineers

  • Mechanical engineers

  • Maintenance technicians

  • Engineering consultants

Applicable industries

  • Consumer goods: FMCG, Tobacco, Beverages, and Distilleries

  • Energy: Oil, Gas, Energy, and Utilities

  • Manufacturing: Chemicals, Automotive, Food Production, Glass, Ceramics, Concrete, Packaging, Plastics, and Paper

  • Mining: PGMs, Manganese, Chromite, Gold, Coal, Diamond, Vanadium, and Vermiculite

Typical employers

  • Consumer goods: Unilever, British American Tobacco, SAB, and Distell

  • Energy: Sasol, Engen, and Eskom

  • Manufacturing: BASF, Toyota, Tongaat Hullet, Consol, Saint-Gobain, Nampak, and Sappi

  • ​Mining: Anglo America, South32, Samancor, Sibanye Stillwater, Exxaro, De Beers, Bushveld minerals, and Palabora Mining Company

Career prospects

  • Mechanical engineering pressure equipment specialist

  • Mechanical engineering specialist with significant contribution to Risk Based Inspection (RBI) interventions

  • Demonstrate competency in conducting advance fitness for service assessment

Course structure

  • The course will be delivered over 10 days.

  • Day one will be a live 1-hour orientation.

  • The on-demand video content will be made available over the four days in accordance with the schedule.

  • The learner will have to go through the video content in order.

  • Proceeding content will be unlocked once the learner has watched at least 80% of the video content.

  • Proceeding modules will be unlocked once the learner obtains at least 70% in the quiz assessment at the end of each module.

  • The three-hour live session will be used to discuss the class project in detail and provide guidelines where necessary.

  • The learner will be given five days to complete the class projects and submit them for assessment.

  • Written feedback will be sent to each learner on the depth of their class project - This will be done a day after the class project deadline.

  • Certificate of completion will be issued after completing 100% of the online content and submitting class projects on time.

Course cost

R5175.00 (incl. VAT) per attendee. Enrolment will be confirmed upon full payment.


A payment plan is not available for this course.

Note: Employers who enroll more than 10 learners will receive special discounts.

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