API Q1 Mentorship

The Centre’s is partnering with the American Petroleum Institute (API) to offer a mentorship programme to build the capacity of Guyanese manufacturers and fabricators to meet the API Q1 standards needed to fully participate in the manufacturing component of the international energy sector.

About American Petroleum Institute (API)

About American Petroleum Institute (API)

Formed in 1919 as a national trade association, API promotes technical cooperation to strengthen the global natural gas and oil industry. With worldwide operations and offices in Washington, DC, Houston, Rio de Janiero, Dubai and Beijing, its 600+ member companies represent all segments of the oil and gas industry.

API’s Global Industry Services (GIS) Mission is to provide world-class standards, training & certification services that enable the oil & gas industry to operate efficiently, safely, reliably, profitably & sustainably.  It covers all industry segments including Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream. API is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standards developing organization.

API Standards-based Programmes

Quality Management System for Manufacturers and providers of manufacturing-related processes (Q1)

Quality Management System for Upstream Service Providers (Q2)

API Monogram

Benefits of API Spec Q1 Certification

API Spec Q1 is a quality management standard for product manufacturers and is specifically geared toward the nuances of the oil and gas industry. API Spec Q1 meets many of the ISO 9001 requirements, plus additional elements deemed valuable by the oil and natural gas industry.

Developed by the industry for the industry
ISO 9001 + many additional requirements
Improves efficiencies and increases product reliability, minimizing non-compliant product
Improves decision-making
Minimizes risk through identification, planning & controls
Improves identification and traceability
Focuses on customer requirements
Inclusion at the level of global competition and access to new markets

API Spec Q1 Components

Competency of Personnel

Risk Management

Design Review

Contingency Planning

Supply Chain Controls

Design Validation

Preventative Maintenance

Quality Planning

Change Management

Who should consider moving from ISO to API Q1?

Who should move

Manufacturers of:

Wire Rope

Tanks (plastic, welded)

Mooring Chains

Casing and Tubing

Subsea equipment


Drilling and wellhead structures

Drilling and Well servicing equipment

Drilling Mud

Drilling elements




Oil and gas separators

Pipes (Drill, Steel, PVC, Fiberglass, Flexible, Plastic)

Valves (Check, Steel-Gate, Gate, Globe, Butterfly)

Who should not move


Building contractors



Office Supply



Banking and Investment

Manpower Services


Real Estate



Pest Control

Transportation (Taxis / Buses)

Building and Facility Maintenance

Farming / Fishing / Forestry / Wildlife Services

Information / Data / Communication / Computer Services

Security Services

API Q1 Mentorship

Getting Started

  • Let the Centre know if you are interested
  • The Centre will schedule a one-on-one meeting to discuss
  • The Centre will visit your operations to do an initial screening

If Selected

Your company should:

  • Have the commitment from the highest levels of management
  • Commit the necessary resources to complete the programme within 9 months
  • Attend all meetings set-up by the Centre/Q1 consultants
  • Meet deadlines for the completion of tasks