Coating Inspector Program

Coating Inspector Program

About the Coating Inspector Program

For over 30 years, the NACE and SSPC coating inspection certifications have set the global standard for inspectors in the protective coatings industry. Organizations around the world recognize and specify the NACE Coating Inspector Certification Program (CIP) and SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) programs because the comprehensive testing methods validate an individual's knowledge, skills, and experience.

Combining classroom study, discussion, and hands-on practice, the NACE Institute Coating Inspector Program certifications elevate the skill level of specifiers, applicators, inspectors, blasters, manufacturers, owner’s representatives, and technical sales personnel. Areas with specific focus include the basics of corrosion control, paint application and inspection, and project management.

This industry-leading program and endorsements help strengthen the entire industry and result in billions of dollars in cost savings.

Who is the Coating Inspector Program for?

Coating inspection courses educate and increase the overall skillset of protective coatings industry inspectors. Companies worldwide recognize and specify the NACE Coating Inspector Program (NACE CIP) because its curriculum is comprehensive and produces knowledgeable inspectors who have a skillset for fieldwork. Combining classroom study, discussion, and hands-on practice, the program provides a solid coatings foundation that strengthens the industry’s inspectors and their practices.

Coating Inspector certifications validate a candidate’s skills, knowledge, and abilities through theoretical and practical examinations. Those who successfully pass these exams and meet the certifications requirements can join the respected CIP community of card holders who are globally recognized for ethics, skills, and knowledge.

The program topics covered includes the basics of corrosion control, paint application and inspection, and project management.

This program is designed for:

  • Coatings Inspectors
  • Coatings Applicators and Blasters
  • Manufacturers
  • Specifiers, Owner’s representatives, and Technical salesmen 

CIP 1 Training

CIP Level 1 - Training

The level 1 course covers the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work. Students will be prepared to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation. This course provides students with knowledge and application of coating materials, along with techniques for surface preparation.

Course is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises, and hands-on practical labs.

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Take the course online and in-person with our blended learning program. Learn more about the blended program.

CIP Level 1 - Certification

A Level 1 coating inspector is responsible for performing and documenting basic and non-destructive inspections of liquid coatings applied by brush, roller, or spray to steel surfaces under supervision of a level 2 or level 3 inspector.

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CIP 2 Training

CIP Level 2 - Training

CIP Level 2 – The level 2 course focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialized application methods for both steel and non-steel substrates including concrete. The following topics are also covered: surface preparation, coating types, inspection criteria, lab testing, and failure modes for various coatings, including specialized coatings and linings.

Course is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises, and hands-on labs. Students will also participate in case studies based on real-life situations and practices of a coatings inspector.

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Take the course online and in-person with our blended learning program. Learn more about the blended program.

CIP Level 2 - Certification

A Level 2 coating inspector is responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate in a shop setting or under the supervision of a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting.

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CIP 3 Training

CIP Level 3 - Training

The level 3 course is for experienced CIP Level 2 Inspectors looking to attain recognition as a Level 3 Coating Inspector that can operate unsupervised in the field. Candidates must have expert knowledge in all areas of coating inspection including: surface preparation, coating types, inspection criteria, lab testing, and failure modes for various coatings, including specialized coatings and linings.

Course is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises, and hands-on labs.

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CIP Level 3 - Certification

A Level 3 coating inspector certification is for those who aim to be recognized as leaders in their field. A level 3 inspector has expert knowledge of all competencies for level 1 and 2 inspectors.

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