Fitness For Service
(FFS) Course

Course Overview

During the service of equipment in industries the condition of equipment will change and some material deteriorations, reduction of thickness or cracks will be appeared due to some mechanisms, all of these items may have an effect on service integrity and durability. The knowledge of assessment of equipment for remaining in service in the safe condition is an important and required for aged equipment. 

Fitness-For-Service are engineering evaluations that are performed to demonstrate the structural integrity of an in-service component that may contain a flaw or damage or that may be operating under specific conditions that could produce a failure.

Some main standards and regulations have developed in the recent years, familiarity with these standards and how to use of these, what is the relationship between theses standards and the final important objective of using these standards, the assessment of results is very important.

The proposed course is designed for learning the necessary knowledge and competency for all inspectors and integrity engineers those involved in oil and gas industry and some related industries such as Petro chemical or chemical.

Who should attend

  •  Inspectors, who are involving in the in-service and shutdown inspection.
  • Engineers, who are involving in the design methods, inspection planning, integrity management (FFS, RBI, repair) program. 
  • Operational plant managers and integrity team members.  

It is expected that the candidates be capable of analysing and implementing the concept of the safe operation equipment and the following outcomes.


  • Capability to analyse the damages.
  • Capability to decision making to operation of plant in safe manner (Run, Rerate, Repair and Replace) 
  • Capability to providing the suitable documents for integrity management program.
  • Capability to evaluation the inspection results, remaining life evaluation and endorsement of equipment.

Understanding the philosophy of fitness for service and engineering critical assessment.

Understanding the fundamental of stress analyse of pressurized and load bearing components.

Understanding the active damage mechanism inspection methods for identifying the damages.

Familiarization with FFS standards (focused on API 579,BS7910), understanding of the purpose of each

Familiarization with methodologies for the operation of the plants in safe condition with max effici

Minimize the unpredicted shutdowns and increase the reliability of operation

Optimized the maintenance cost by

the selection of a smart

assessment methodology of aged


30 Hour course with a 2-hour exam

The exam will be conducted in two parts

closed- book  (theory) and open-book (case study)

The course is including theory and practical sections

The practical part will be conducted by the designed  case studies to increase the ability of candidates to  assess the pipelines in real condition 

Application of fitness for service assessment and engineering critical assessment

Damage mechanism and NDT

Basic of stress analyses

FFS procedures

Crack like flaw assessment

Assessment of Fatigue and creep

Assessment of equipment affected

by other damage mechanisms