Guidelines and Application to API Recommended Practice 578


Scheduled for January 14-15 from 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Held at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel

7000 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70810


What does this training cover?

This course is designed to introduce individuals responsible for the purchase, use, or control of metallic alloy materials; the owner/user, vendors, fabricators, or contractors to the guidelines for a material and quality assurance system.

It will instruct them how to verify that the nominal composition of alloy components within the pressure envelope of a piping system is consistent with the selected or specified construction materials in an effort to minimize the potential for catastrophic release of toxic or hazardous liquids or vapors.

In addition, course materials will review guidelines for material control and material verification on ferrous and nonferrous alloys during the construction, installation, maintenance, and inspection of new and existing process piping systems covered by the ASME B31.3 and API 570 piping codes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understanding and Applying API Recommended Practices and Guidelines: What it says and what it means
  2. Develop a Better Understanding of National Emphasis Program and OSHA’s Process Safety Management
  3. Applying “Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices” for Material Inspection and Verification
  4. Understand the purpose and use of a Material Verification Program and how to create and implement an MVP
  5. Understand XRF and SPARK and LIBS-OES test methods, how they work, and how to properly and safely use them
  6. Understand how to read laboratory results and instrument results.
  7. Demonstrate proper XRF testing procedures
  8. Demonstrate proper SPARK and LIBS-OES testing procedures

How much does it cost?

  • $995 per seat for API members

  • $1495 per seat for non-members

Who should attend?

Anybody in the Petrochemical Industry responsible for alloy verification or Positive Material Identification (PMI) looking to improve their skills, advance their career, and/or achieve certification to API RP 578. Including but not limited to:

  • Students enrolled in API 570 classes
  • QA/QC Inspectors
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Warehouse Managers
  • Inspection Testing Companies
  • Fabrication Shops
  • Oil & Gas Reliability Departments

Who is teaching the course?

Quan Collins, Principal & Service Director, Metal Analysis Group


Quan Collins has a Mechanical Engineering background (B.S. Mechanical Engineering) and boasts ~15 years of experience in the PMI Arena. His career in PMI has been primarily focused in the Petrochemical Industry where he has worked in Testing & Inspection, Sales, Consulting/Support, Service, and Training. He co-authored Metal Analysis Group’s PMI Qualification Training Series which is part of the company’s initiative to have PMI recognized as an SNT-TC-1A Discipline. 

Wayne Vereb, Consultant & OES Specialist, Metal Analysis Group


Wayne Vereb is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.S Biology) with further targeted education at Boston College, Harvard University Extension School, MIT and Berkley University. A former Applications Scientist, Wayne has focused much of his technical career on teaching field and laboratory equipment users engaged in metal production, fabrication, in-service, and in-process areas how essential it is to produce accurate, legally defensible data. Mobile Metal Analyzers (XRF, LIBS and SPARK OES) are Wayne’s specific area of expertise.