Certified Pressure Vessel, Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design Professional (CPVSTHEDP)

The course covers the design of shell and head components for internal and external pressure, as well as aperture reinforcement, flange analysis, and design for brittle fracture prevention and minimum design metal temperature (MDMT). Refinery vessels such as process towers, barrels, heat exchangers, and non-circular pressure vessels are discussed. In order to introduce the concepts addressed in the lectures, example problems are interspersed throughout the lectures.

This course provides engineers with a practical understanding of Section VIII and Division 1 of the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code’s fundamental pressure vessel design regulations (ASME VIII-1). This includes an understanding of ASME VIII-1’s structure, general requirements, component design, material considerations, fabrication, examination, and testing.

Certification Program Objectives: 

  • Acquire a working knowledge of ASME VIII-1’s structure.
  • Possess a working knowledge of pressure vessel design fundamentals.
  • You will gain confidence in conducting design calculations as you work through the example problems designed to reinforce the lecture-presented principles.
  • Learn about the current activity of ASME code committees and upcoming changes.

Certifying Examination:

  • To be certified as CPVSTHEDP, student should take up a 1.5 hours exam at the designated examination centers.
  • The qualifying exam would consist of 50 multiple choice questions, testing core certification modules.
  • Professionals with relevant experience and other qualifying criteria may be exempted from the examination.

Materials Provided:

  • Presentation slides
  • Study references


Upon successful completion of the CPVSTHEDP training, participants will receive a “Certified Pressure Vessel, Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design Professional” certificate.

Who Should Attend:

  • This course is designed for engineers working in the refining/petrochemical industry and related industries for Owner-Users, manufacturers, engineering and construction firms. Engineers responsible for the analysis of process pressure vessels in roles involving maintenance or dependability would also benefit.

Course Outline:

  • General Pressure Vessel Requirements
  • Component Design Fundamentals for Internal and External Pressure
  • Openings Reinforcement
  • Fabrication of Pressure Vessels: Fundamentals
  • Examination & Testing Fundamentals
  • The Fundamentals of Material Requirements
  • Fracture of the Brittle Bone (MDMT)
  • Analysis of Flanges, Bolting, and Gaskets
  • Saddle Stress Analysis
  • Overview of Heat Exchangers
  • Supplemental Loads for Process Towers
  • Pressure Vessels That Aren’t Circular