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API Unveils Energy for Veterans Initiative

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Friday July 15, 2022



API Unveils Energy for Veterans Initiative

The American Petroleum Institute (API) is proud to announce a new initiative, Energy for Veterans, designed to attract veterans and transitioning service members into meaningful and well-paying careers in the natural gas and oil industry.

To attract, retain, and develop a skilled workforce of the future, API is encouraging veterans and transitioning service members to apply their skills to careers in the natural gas and oil industry by achieving professional credentialling through API’s Individual Certification Programs (ICP).

Service members possess a wide range of technical and soft skills gained through training and experience in the military that are applicable to, and in high demand across, an industry that supports U.S. national security, energy independence and the economy. In addition to technical skills learned through various military roles, service members bring to the table highly sought-after soft skills, including critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and a commitment to safety.

“The valuable skill sets developed through their military experience make transitioning service members ideal candidates for careers in the natural gas and oil industry,” said Anchal Liddar, senior vice president of API’s Global Industry Services. “Our industry is one of the most veteran-friendly and is committed to supporting the brave men and women who serve.”

Recognized worldwide, ICP offers 21 certifications that validate applicants possess practical knowledge of relevant inspection codes and standards across various segments of the industry.

ICP certifications are regarded as the most demanded and desired credentials in the industry because they provide the petroleum and petrochemical sectors with an independent and unbiased way to evaluate the knowledge and experience of technical and inspection personnel. The nearly 40,000 ICP certification holders in 123 countries are recognized as professionals who are fully knowledgeable of the relevant industry inspection codes and standards.

Numerous military occupations and specialties involve technical duties such as installation, maintenance and repair, logistics, construction or extraction that can be applied in the industry. This technical experience can replace the educational requirement needed for an ICP certification.

ICP certifications have been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMs), a centralized online database of approved licenses and certifications which allows active military, veterans and eligible spouses and dependents to receive funding when applying with their GI Bill® benefits. Anyone who qualifies for the GI Bill can utilize those funds to reimburse test fees for multiple ICP certifications or recertifications.

The natural gas and oil industry is expected to grow in the coming years but faces the headwinds of an aging workforce and an emerging skills gap. Each year about 200,000 service members transition from military to civilian life. According to a 2020 API study, preparation for employment and finding the right career is a top priority. This intersection of industry demands for a skilled and diverse workforce and a pipeline of talent coming from the military creates an ideal opportunity to meld the needs of both the industry and transitioning service members.  

An informational session on Energy for Veterans will be held at the 2022 API Inspection and Mechanical Integrity Summit on August 8th in San Antonio, Texas. The event will include a panel presentation with representatives from API, industry as well as U.S. government and will include a networking recruitment session. Transitioning military members and veterans interested in attending can reserve a space here.

Learn more about Energy for Veterans and ICP here.