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. 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. A written exam, practical exam, and inspector log book evaluation are given at the end of the course.

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Certification Awarded: Upon successful completion of the course and exam, the student 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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This course will benefit anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of coatings application and inspection including:

  • project engineers
  • quality assurance managers
  • contractors
  • technical sales representatives
  • blasters
  • paint applicators
  • maintenance personnel

  • Use of protective coatings to control corrosion
  • Corrosion fundamentals such as properties of a coating, coating classification, and modes of protection
  • Coating types and curing mechanisms
  • Coating specifications including service environments and coating life cycle
  • Surface preparation equipment, methods and standards for abrasive blasting, solvent cleaning and power and manual tool cleaning
  • Coating application by brush, roller, mitt, and conventional and airless spray
  • Role and responsibilities of the inspector including safety, ethics, and conflict prevention and decision making
  • Inspection procedures and quality control
  • Purpose and content of a pre-job conference
  • Test instruments for measurement of environmental or ambient conditions
  • Non-destructive test instruments
  • Testing for non-visible contaminants
  • Quality control issues, recognizing design and fabrication defects and coating failure modes
  • Material safety data sheets (MSDS) and product technical data sheets
  • Purpose and content of log book and report documentation

  • CIP1 Student Manual
  • CIP Level 1 Online Course Manual
Schedule Summary
 Start TimeEnd Time
Day 110:00 AM7:30 PM
Day 28:00 AM7:30 PM
Day 38:00 AM7:30 PM
Day 48:00 AM7:30 PM
Day 58:00 AM7:30 PM
Day 68:00 AM5:00 PM