Coating Inspector Program - Level 1

Coating Inspector Program

Coating Inspector Program - Level 1

This certification is designed for Coating Inspectors 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.

After successful completion of CIP level 1, the basic inspector has “entry level” knowledge of all referenced competencies. They can perform basic non‐destructive inspections of liquid coatings applied by brush, roller or spray to steel surfaces under the supervision of a level 2 or 3 inspector when working in a shop setting or a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting.

Who should apply

Anyone wanting to begin a career as a coating inspector. You will be responsible for performing and documenting basic and non-destructive inspections of liquid coatings applied by brush, roller or spray to steel surfaces under the supervision of a level 2 or 3 inspector when working in a shop setting or a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting.

Steps to Certification

  1. Course requirements and suggestions

    Successful completion of the following course: NACE CIP Level 1 Course

  2. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam-CIP Level 1 Practical exam administered in the classroom.

    Note: This exam is delivered as part of the NACE CIP Level 1 course

    Certification Exam-CIP Level 1 Exam NACE-CIP1-001 scheduled through Pearson VUE.

    Written Exam Preparation Guide

    考试准备指引

    試験準備ガイド

    Note: This exam is available on Computer Based Testing (CBT) at Pearson Virtual University Enterprises (VUE)

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Certification Exams

NII certification requirements include the practical exam administered at the end of course, along with an exam delivered via computer-based testing (CBT).

The multiple-choice CBT exam is scheduled separately from the course and delivered via Pearson VUE. A voucher needed to schedule the CBT exam is included as part of your initial course registration.

Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge. 

As you prepare for renewal, you can use the Work Experience/Professional Development Log to keep track of your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH’s). Work experience and PDH’s will be submitted in your renewal application. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.
NOTE: NACE reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.