CIP-3 Profiles

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NACE Career Development: Without comparison

NACE students and instructors will attest that nothing compares to how NACE Career Development has shaped their professional lives. From the course content, certification requirements, and qualified instructors, to the lifelong networking opportunities and the career paths NACE programs help define, choosing NACE Career Development means you've joined an elite group that has earned their certifications and has marketable and applicable job skills and knowledge.

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CIP level 3 member profiles

Olumide Aluko

Olumide Aluko

Allen, Texas, USA

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, Technical Project Manager & Senior Protective Coating Specialist at Roy-Comark Consulting Services, Inc.

"A friend of mine introduced me to NACE. NACE has enhanced my skills and improved my standard of quality assurance inspection in the protective coating industry. It has also enhanced my experience by giving me hands-on [training on] new inspection methods and equipment and additional understanding of international standards, plus more money to make my family comfortable."

Ernest Klechka, PE

Ernest Klechka, PE

Temple, Texas, USA

NACE CIP Level 3, CP4, Corrosion Specialist, and Protective Coating Specialist Certified, and NACE Instructor, Assistant Regional Terminal Manager at Citgo Petroleum Corporation

"One of the first courses I took was CIP. It helped me immensely in my early career. It gave me the opportunity to look at different coatings and coatings materials and different ways to inspect them. Later on, I also took CP1 and CP4. CP4 was quite a challenge, even for an engineer. But I enjoyed it, it helped me out a lot. Being certified has certainly helped in my recent years as a professional engineer and working with NACE as an instructor."

Alexandre Racine

Alexandre Racine

Mascouche, Quebec, Canada

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, Quality Control Manager/EHS Coordinator at Drytec Trans-Canada

""I have worked in the corrosion industry for 20 years. NACE training and certification helped me get a major promotion as a QC manager. It’s given me the chance to exchange knowledge with other third-party inspectors and most importantly, our fellow workers – blasters, painters, and inspectors. Being certified is a statement of recognition."

Riyana Bazuri

Riyana Bazuri

Singapore, Singapore

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, QA Manager at Blastech Abrasives Pte Ltd.

"Being certified and female, NACE certification gives me confidence to carry out my work in a tough male environment. Being certified allows me to carry out my job well, and customers trust the job we do. It is very fulfulling to hear positive feedback after a hard day's work.

My employer believes that with the right and certified candidate, we will deliver products. In return, customers trust our workmanship and they become repeat customers. Through organizations like NACE, we expect to receive updates and be in line with current rends. Networking through NACE is also important so we can work together and help each other to prosper in business and in knowledge and technology."

Karyn Albrecht

Karyn Albrecht

Gillitts, South Africa

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, Corrosion and Coatings Inspector - Director at AVAX Projects

"I have worked in the industry for 15+ years. The most valuable lesson I learned from undertaking NACE training and certifications is to document, document, document, and how important specifications are. In this industry, a person must stay unbiased. It is imperative to live and breathe the NACE code of conduct for coating inspectors. I would recommend that people who have a passion for all aspects of coatings and enjoy hard work, must join the NACE family."

Alfredo Dias

Alfredo Dias

Lobito, Angola

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, Coating Coordinator at Aker Solutions Enterprises Angola

"I heard about NACE at my previous company, a construction yard for subsea oil structures. I've worked every day as a coating inspector for almost 17 years in oil industries. I'm proud to be NACE CIP Level 3 certified because I am contributing to the development of my country, which is rich in oil, but there are few of us in this career."

Justin Rigby

Justin Rigby

Melbourne, Australia

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified and NACE Instructor, Managing Director at Remedy Asset Protection

"All the way from Australia, I developed my experience in the protective coatings contracting industry, and through running my own business was introduced to CIP when building our quality processes and systems. Over time, I progressed to become CIP Level 3 certified and transitioned to my new business in protective coatings consultancy and inspection services. Later, I was offered the opportunity to interview for an instructor's position. NACE has been like a family to me."

Adam Kelly

Adam Kelly

Huntington Beach, CA, USA

NACE CIP Level 3 Certified, Senior Coating/Corrosion Inspector at Wilcrest Field Services (for TransCanada/Columbia Gas)

"I enjoyed learning about different coating fields. I do a lot of pipeline work which limits a lot of my exposure to various coating systems, and NACE helped broaden my perspective. NACE has given me the knowledge and confidence to express my experience in the field and in the office to achieve project goals."

Brendan Fitzsimons

Brendan Fitzsimons

Monkton Village, Jarrow, United Kingdom

NACE CIP Level 3, Protective Coatings Specialist, and Corrosion Specialist Certified, and NACE CIP Level 3 Peer Reviewer​, Technical Director at Wood PLC

"I've worked in the corrosion industry for 35 years. My employer requires assurance that I have been trained, tested and regularly reviewed, ensuring I maintain my skills and expertise. Certification is the only recognized process that the training, skills, and experience are continuously reviewed against agreed industry standards.

I successfully completed my CIP Peer Review certification in 1989. NACE certification opened numerous opportunities for me. I travelled the world, working on some very prestigious projects. It was clear that the NACE CIP certification was global, and if you wanted to travel, you had to have the qualification.

I have been a CIP Peer Reviewer for about 8 years. It is great meeting and working with other CIP Peer Reviewers who have a vast amount of experience. You never stop learning in the coatings industry. I meet students from all over the world, and I am in a privileged position to be part of the panel."

Dr. Benjamin Tai-An Chang

Dr. Benjamin Tai-An Chang

Houston, Texas, USA

NACE Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 3, CP1 – Cathodic Protection Tester, and Protective Coating Specialist Certified and NACE Instructor

" I've been a NACE Instructor for 15 years and taught for NACE in China and around the world. I am well matched with NACE, understand how much they invest in the quality of their courses, translation, instructors and how much they invest in improvements. The reputation of NACE in China cannot be matched by any others.

I'm proud to be 100% NACE."

Michael MacDonald

Michael MacDonald

Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, USA

NACE Coating Inspector Program Level 3 Certified, and NACE Instructor, Technical Services Manager - Americas at PPG Protective and Marine Coatings

"I wish I had taken the NACE Coating Inspector Program classes earlier in my career because in the last 7-plus years, I have had several roles from technical sales representative, to technical service representative, to infrastructure segment manager, to today. For each role, I have held at PPG, my experiences and knowledge gained from the NACE Coating Inspector Program have provided me the ability to keep reaching for the next challenge.

The level of respect from peers is something that cannot be underestimated, especially as many of the leaders in our industry retire."

Frank Slezak

Frank Slezak

Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA

NACE Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 3 with Bridge and Marine Specialties and Cathodic Protection Tester Certified, VP Director of Construction Services at Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI)

"I have worked in the corrosion industry for almost 20 years. My NACE certifications have advanced my career and helped me meet and network with peple in a very select industry. I would recommend that if you have a passion for coatings and work hard and enjoy heights, follow with a NACE career. The opportunities are endless.

My job includes managing and hiring coating inspectors, managing contracts, marketing, coating inspection, failure analysis, specifications review, and contractor submittal review. When we hire inspectors, the pool of inspectors is slim. NACE certified professionals do stand out in terms of their training, knowledge, and skillset. They are prepared, professional, ​and know their job duties, and if they have questions - being NACE certified - they have a network to help."