Coating Inspector Program - Level 1

Coating Inspector Program Level 1

Coating Inspector Program - Level 1

NACE CIP Level 1 provides knowledge of coating materials and techniques for surface preparation and coating application to prepare students to perform basic coating inspection on steel substrates using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises and hands-on practical labs. Students will also participate in case studies and other activities designed to apply course concepts to the job site, avoid potential problems, strengthen the relationship between the inspector and other project team members and how to balance job team recommendations while still enforcing the specification.

Note that the SSPC PCI Level 1 course is being merged with the CIP Level 1 course to create a combined course that reflects the best of both programs.

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Who should attend

Although specifically designed for coating inspector trainees, this course benefits anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of coatings application and inspection. This includes:

  • Program/project managers and engineers
  • Quality assurance/control managers
  • Contractors and specification writers
  • Coating manufacturers and technical sales representatives
  • Fabricators
  • Paint applicators and blasters
  • Maintenance personnel

Learning objectives

  • Give examples of corrosion fundamentals such as properties of a coating, coating classification and modes of protection
  • Recognize coating types and curing mechanisms
  • Recall coating specifications including service environments and coating life cycle
  • Differentiate surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards for abrasive blasting, solvent cleaning, and power and manual tool cleaning
  • Differentiate coating application by type, including brush, roller, mitt, and conventional and airless spray
  • Demonstrate inspection procedures
  • Describe the role of the inspector as it applies to safety, ethics, conflict prevention, and decision-making
  • Test for environmental or ambient conditions and nonvisible contaminants
  • Utilize non-destructive test instruments such as wet-film and dry-film thickness gauges and low and high voltage holiday detectors
  • Measure surface profile using replica tape and anvil micrometers, surface profile comparators, and digital surface profile gauges
  • Identify quality control issues, recognizing design and fabrication defects and coating failure modes
  • Utilize Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and product technical data sheets
  • Demonstrate the purpose and content of Logbook and report documentation



There are no required prerequisites for this course.


Course Completion

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks.

End of course exam

A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Certification requirements

Visit NACE International Institute for individual certification requirements. Requirements are specific to each certification and may include a combination of exams, application, course completion, work experience and proof of educational achievements. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the NACE International ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

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