Education Program: Coating Inspector Program

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COATING INSPECTOR PROGRAM (CIP)

For over 30 years, the NACE Coating Inspector Program has set the standard for inspections in the protective coatings industry and is the world’s most recognized coating inspector certification program. CIP is the first international certification program designed to improve the overall quality of inspections performed, and it continues to provide the most complete training curriculum, producing top-notch inspectors for the industry.

Building on the momentum of the last 30 years and over 26,000 certified inspectors, NACE has recently enhanced the CIP learning experience with more hands-on time with new inspection methods and equipment, better graphics and video presentation as well as additional emphasis on international standards.

CIP introduces inspectors, applications, blasters, manufacturers, owner's representatives, specifiers, and technical salesmen to the basics of corrosion control, paint inspection, and project management in a way that has resulted in savings of billions of dollars in costly mistakes.

IMPORTANT CHANGE REGARDING THE CIP LEVEL 1 AND CIP LEVEL 2 EXAMINATION PROCEDURES

Beginning July 1, 2016, the final written examination (currently being converted to computer-based testing – CBT) will no longer be proctored on the last day of class and will need to be scheduled separately from the course. After July 1, 2016, you will receive an examination authorization e-mail with details on how to schedule your CBT examination.

In the meantime, for more information on how to schedule your CBT exam, you can visit the following link.
If you would like a complete list of testing centers, please visit the NACE International Institute’s website at the following link.

Please note: The final practical examination will still be given in class, on the last day. Your course registration fee is all-inclusive of the course, course materials, CBT (formerly known as the written) and practical examinations.

For certification* information, please visit www.naceinstitute.org.

Course - CIP Exam Course 1

The CIP Exam Course 1 completes the Level 1 training contained in the CIP Level 1 CD. This 3-day short course includes a practical lab at a coatings facility, hands-on training, team exercises, and both the written and practical exams.

Certification Awarded

Upon successful completion of the course and exams, the student will be recognized as a NACE Certified Coating Inspector – Level 1.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CIP Exam Course 2

The CIP Exam Course 2 completes the Level 2 training contained in the CIP Level 2 CD. This 3-day short course includes hands-on training, team exercises, and both the written and practical exams.

Upon successful completion of the course and exams, an approved certification application (work experience) and qualification references, the student will be recognized as a NACE Coating Inspector Level 2 - Certified.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CIP Level 1


CIP Level 1 is a six-day course that offers instruction on the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work for structural steel projects. This course provides students with knowledge of coating materials and techniques for surface preparation and application that prepares the student to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and inspection instrumentation.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises and hands-on practical labs that teach the student how to perform basic inspection tests.

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NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CIP Level 2


CIP Level 2 is a six-day course that focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialized application methods for both steel and non-steel substrates, including concrete. The course provides in-depth coverage of:

  • surface preparation
  • coating types
  • inspection criteria
  • lab testing
  • failure modes for various coatings, including specialized coatings and linings
NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CIP One Day Bridge Course


The CIP One-Day Bridge Course provides specialized training for coating inspection of bridges that meets the training requirements specified by the U. S. Department of Transportation.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - CIP Peer Review


CIP Level 3 Peer Review is an intensive, detailed oral examination that is given in front of a three-member review board and lasts approximately two hours.

There is no corresponding coursework for NACE CIP Level 3, only an oral assessment.

Certification(s):

Course - Marine Coating Technology


The Marine Coating Technology Course covers the fundamental issues that are specific to coatings in the marine industry. After a description of the most common types of ships, the course describes the corrosion types affecting the ships’ areas, the types of coatings and linings that are effective in the marine environment, the shipbuilding process, the surface preparation, application and inspection techniques, the IMO PSPC for Ballast Tanks, Cargo Tanks and Voids, as well as in-service survey and inspection, inspection records and procedures. This course was prepared by a team of experts with more than 20 years of experience in marine coating industry developed with both shipowners and shipyards.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - Nuclear Power Plant Training for Coating Inspectors


This course provides coating inspectors an understanding of the requirements, methods, and means to conduct inspections inside the various areas of nuclear power plants.

There are no prerequisites to attend the training course; however, NACE CIP Level 1 Certification is recommended. Those who successfully complete the course examination but do not qualify for certification receive a certificate of attendance and a grade letter.

To achieve certification, NACE CIP Level 1 Certification is required, along with documented work experience with coatings focused projects for a nuclear power plant.

Quote from experienced inspector: “Just because you have inspection skills and can pass background checks, doesn’t mean you can work in nuclear power plants.” This course will prepare you!


NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

Course - Pipeline Coating Applicator Training


This five day course will help contractors and inspectors understand the proper procedure for coating application on pipeline projects. Through the use of daily in-class presentations and videos followed immediately by hands-on demonstrations in field conditions, students will develop and practice the skills required to properly apply the specified field applied coatings under expected pipeline construction conditions.

NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

Certification(s):

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