Where do I begin? Should I hire a consultant? Do I have the time and resources to get my facility certified? How much money will this process take? These are just a few questions that most quality managers and owners ask themselves when deciding on a quality management system standard for their business. This can be a confusing and difficult time for anyone in leadership. Often, this seemingly monumental task leads to inaction on what could be a great business opportunity. Throughout these steps and available resources listed below, I will explain the process of how your oil & gas company can become certified with the American Petroleum Institute to API Q1, API Q2, ISO 9001: 2015, OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, API Std 18LCM (API Standard 18 for Life-Cycle Management) or an API Monogram product license. Within this guide, you will understand the proper documentation, pricing, and resources to get your organization certified with the most prestigious oil & gas certification body in the world.
Taking part in the American Petroleum Institute’s Certification Program is one of the most important steps in elevating your oil & gas business to the next level of quality by placing your company on the world stage via the API Composite List.
Currently, there are nearly 5000 certified facilities in over 80 countries worldwide belonging to both the API Monogram and American Petroleum Institute Quality Registrar (APIQR) programs. These companies range from small mom-and-pop shops to large, multinational corporations. While the process is long and seemingly unending, it is entirely possible to become one of these prestigious companies by following this guide.
Questions to Consider Before Applying
The American Petroleum Institute covers many types of standards for specific oil & gas equipment and quality registrations of varying management systems. It is important to understand these categories and how they can help your company when making the decision to apply. Here are a few questions to consider:
Not only will an API Certification assist your company with global recognition and opportunities in expanding to other markets, these standards are powerful tools in organizing your manufacturing productivity. It may seem like more paperwork but quality management systems can be written in a meaningful and easy-to-use manner that is both beneficial to your company and your customers alike.
Prerequisites to Applying
Listed below are important prerequisites to implement and follow before applying for a certification with API. Timelines are an important component to consider when applying for certification because of audit scheduling and the extra work when implementing a quality system within your business.
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