Education Program: Coating Inspector Program

NACE Education  :  Programs  :  Coating Inspector Program

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.

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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.

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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 on the course and exams, the student will be recognized as a NACE Certified Coating Inspector – Level 2.

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.

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Course - CIP Level 1

CIP Level 1 is a six-day course that offers a full 60 hours of instruction on the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work for structural steel projects. To register by check or money order ONLY click here.

Certification Awarded: Upon successful completion of the course and exams, the students will be certified 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.

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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:

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). 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.

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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 CIP Level 3, only an oral assessment.

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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). 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.

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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). 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.

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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). 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.

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No related certifications.

CIP courses have been offered in 33 nations. CIP certification is represented in 105 nations.


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