CompeTank™ Scheme

Assessment of storage tanks to EEMUA 159

Oil and petrochemical industry feedstock and products have been stored in above-ground, vertical cylindrical tanks for many years. At first sight these tanks appear of simple design and construction with innocuous working environments. However, this is not the case in practice as the numerous accidents associated with such tanks testify.

Based on EEMUA 159 users’ guide (which may also be purchased separately in the EEMUA Online Shop) and API Std 653, two courses are offered which cover the need for inspection, the interpretation of the results, and the determination of safe courses of action.

The TankAssessor™ course describes many of the key features of design and the common problems that arise in service, and identifies many of the actions that may be taken to avoid their recurrence or remedy the effects.

The TankAssessor Refresher™ course is designed for people who already hold a TankAssessor Certificate obtained within the last five years and wish to extend their Certificate for a further period of time. For those who obtained a Certificate more than 5 but less than 10 years ago and have evidence of working with tanks over this period, it is also possible to be recertified by successfully completing the Refresher course and examination alone, otherwise the TankAssessor course has to be re-taken.

The TankStrategies™ course details the theory behind the "Probabilistic Preventive Maintenance (PPM)" methodology, which is based upon two underlying methodologies: "Risk-Based Inspection (RBI)" and "Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM)", and guides the participant through implementation of the methodology.

The full courses include an optional examination and successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate of Competence. Those opting not to take the examination will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.

On how to obtain re-certification, please read this.

The TankIntro™ training course provides an introduction to industrial-scale storage tanks. It gives attendees a basic understanding of the different tank designs, and how tanks should be inspected, assessed, operated, maintained and repaired, without going into the detailed calculations. TankIntro is recommended for technicians, engineers, managers and others just starting to work with storage tanks, and anyone who requires basic knowledge. The course includes an introduction to EEMUA 159.

Dates and locations


Courses in 2014:

10 - 14 February 2014 Pembroke  english
31 March - 4 April 2014 Delft  english
12 - 16 May 2014 Manchester  danish
2 - 6 June 2014 Perouges  french
23 - 27 June 2014 Manchester  french
15 - 19 September 2014   FULLY BOOKED Delft french
6 - 10 October 2014   FULLY BOOKED London  french
24 - 28 November 2014 Chantilly  french


3 - 7 November 2014 Antwerp  french
(TankStrategies courses are presented in English language with course materials available in English, French and Dutch)
14 - 15 April 2014
London  english
8 - 9 December 2014
London  english

Courses in 2015:

2 - 6 February 2015 Delft  english
9 - 13 February 2015 Manchester  english
23 - 27 March 2015 Perouges  french
1 - 5 June 2015 London  french
14 - 18 September 2015 Delft  french
28 September - 2 October 2015 Chantilly  french
23 - 27 November 2015 Manchester  french


26 - 30 October 2015 Antwerp  french
(TankStrategies courses are presented in English language with course materials available in English, French and Dutch)
30 - 31 March 2015
London  english
7 - 8 September 2015
London  english

To obtain a registration form email

If you are interested in attending a course that is currently fully booked, we recommend that you still submit a registration form. If you meet the entry criteria, you will be put onto a reserve list and may be offered a place that becomes available as a result of cancellations. If you do not gain a place on the course of your choice, you will be automatically registered for the next available course.

Additional courses my be held if there is sufficient demand.

Permanent employees of EEMUA Member companies are entitled to a 20% discount off all standard course fees. To confirm if you are eligible for the discount, please contact EEMUA.

Training documentation, examination fees and certificates (as applicable), plus residential accommodation, with full board, is included in the price. VAT is not included.


CompeTank™ public database
In the links to various countries below you will find the contact details of people who currently hold a valid EEMUA TankAssessor1 Certificate of Competence, and / or TankStrategies2 Certificate of Competence, and who have opted for a public listing. In each country, people are listed according to their location within that country.

Please note that although the persons listed have all opted to be included on this public database, this is not a list of all CompeTank certified persons and should not be used to identify whether someone is not certified. If you have a genuine need to confirm certification of anyone who does not appear on the CompeTank public database, please contact EEMUA.

If you are TankAssessor or TankStrategies certified and would like to be included on the public database, or if you are already listed and need to update your details, please email

For more details of the TankAssessor or TankStrategies competence and certification schemes, which form key parts of the overall CompeTank scheme, see opposite.

Australia pdf (287KB)
Belgium pdf (311KB)
Brazil pdf (278KB)
Cyprus pdf (270KB)
Denmark pdf (310KB)
France pdf (379KB)
Hungary pdf (272KB)
Netherlands pdf (371KB)
New Zealand pdf (284KB)
Republic of Ireland pdf (282KB)
Sweden pdf (279KB)
UK pdf (372KB)

1 Competence in the Assessment of Storage Tanks according to EEMUA 159
2 Competence in the Risk-based Approach to Management of Storage Tanks according to EEMUA 159