APCS is the premier international organisation to truly represent the interests of the individual Petroleum Cargo Surveyor. Whether you are working for one of the major inspection agencies, have your own small agency, or you are a freelance surveyor, you are welcome to join APCS.
- Your membership goes wherever you go and your diplomas are totally transportable. You take the exam, you get the certificate – APCS is here to protect your rights.
- With your diploma in any of the petroleum cargo categories you gain the respect of your employer and your client alike. With an APCS diploma you become a true professional in a long established, and worthy, trade. You become part of a family of fellow APCS members and benefit from exchange of ideas via our forum, and opportunities to learn via our monthly articles.
We aim to create a true profession of petroleum cargo surveyors/inspectors.
Through learning and our examination scheme we aim to constantly raise the standards of petroleum inspections throughout the petroleum cargo inspection industry - worldwide.
- To gain respect for surveyors/inspectors throughout the industry, from terminal operators, ship officers and crew, pipeline operators, laboratory personnel, ship agents, employers and our clients.
- Through volume of membership we will fight against the trend of inspection rate hacking and create an arena whereby a quality service is rewarded by a representative fee.
What we offer our members
You will have access to the following:
Exam & Qualification Portal
A robust examination and qualification portal that is open to all surveyors, or employed.
The examination and qualification portal that is open to all Individual surveyors, as well as those who are employed with any of the major inspection agencies. A qualification that will give you the respect throughout the industry, from terminal operators, ship officers and crew, pipeline operators, laboratory personnel, ship agents, employers and clients. Exam categories include: Petroleum Products Inspection, Crude Oil Inspection, Gases Inspection and Bunker Surveys.
APCS Qualified Surveyors
APCS will ensure your exam achievements are recognised by establishing and maintaining a register of ACPS qualified surveyors that is published on this website.
The inter-active Forum allows you to post questions and exchange ideas with fellow APCS members. You are able to explore issues relating to your particular area of interest or expertise.
Monthly Technical Article
A monthly technical article to keep you up-to-date with industry standards, equipment, and issues faced by surveyors everywhere.
A jobs section to see where the latest opportunities are or where you will be able to offer your services.
“Through learning and our examination scheme we aim to constantly raise the standards of inspections throughout the petroleum cargo inspection industry - worldwide.”
- APCS Association of Petroleum Cargo Surveyors
Who should join APCS?
Any petroleum cargo surveyor/inspector involved in the custody transfer of crude oils, petroleum products, and gases either by pipeline, road tankers, or by marine transportation.
If you meet the Requirements, Knowledge and Standards highlighted in the list, consider becoming an APCS Member by clicking the button below and purchasing Membership:
You should have a minimum of three years experience as a Petroleum Cargo Surveyor/Inspector and be familiar with, as a minimum, the inspector guidelines within the API Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards, The Energy Institute Hydrocarbon Management Guidelines, the relevant ISO Standards, the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulation related to Hydrogen Sulphide. Industry recommended procedures and guidelines - a checklist can be found here.
You should have the desire to build your knowledge as a professional Petroleum Cargo Surveyor and to share your knowledge with others within the industry.
Above all you will strive to maintain the highest standard of work to protect your client, your employer, and your reputation. As an APCS member you will display the highest level of integrity and honesty at all times.
APCS really have standard, From the experience of writing their exam. I feel so pleased with there standardised way of questions in touching all areas of the industry and it was really superb!!! APCS is really the best amongst others in touching all areas and Educating and increasing standards is of paramount importance to what I gained to myself from writing APCS exam.. I encourage all Marine Cargo Surveyors/ Superintendents to put in for the Exam also, and I’m so happy I passed it. Many thanks to PETRUS AND APCS.
Ezekiel Oguche - Cargo Superintendent
Well completely different than the standard IFIA exams, this exams gives the surveyor a more accurate result of his competences, HSE, Shore and ship side, laboratory, standards etc... compiled extensively, alternating questions and so on. I can highly recommend these exams for everyone who is willing to test their knowledge level and increasing their standards to a much higher level. Must say unexperienced people will have difficulties with some answers and a good knowledge and experience is required. Take your time, read questions careful, sometimes our brain is only willing to understand the things it want's to understand...
Michaël Vogelweith - Senior Surveyor at Bureau Veritas