Coating Inspector Program - Peer Review

Coating Inspector Program

Coating Inspector Program - Level 3 Peer Review

This certification is designed for coating inspectors who aim to be recognized as leaders in the Coatings Inspection field. This includes:

  • Highly skilled and experienced in corrosion, surface preparation, cleanliness, environmental conditions, test instruments, coating mixtures, and safety
  • Can undertake unsupervised non-destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings applied to any substrate
  • Has demonstrated technical knowledge, problem solving ability regarding issues that may arise on site and is capable of supervising basic (CIP Level 1) and intermediate (CIP Level 2) coating inspectors

After completing five years of inspection related work and successful completion of the CIP level 3 peer review oral exam, an advanced inspector has “expert knowledge” of all referenced competencies identified for level 1, 2 and 3. They can undertake unsupervised non‐destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non‐liquid coatings applied to any substrate. The advanced inspector has proven their technical knowledge and ability to communicate regarding practical issues that may arise on site and is capable of supervising basic and intermediate inspectors.

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Who should apply

Upon successful achievement of the CIP Level 3 certification, a Candidate would be able to perform unsupervised non-destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate and demonstrate technical knowledge, problem solving ability regarding issues that may arise on site and would be capable of supervising basic (CIP Level 1) and intermediate (CIP Level 2) coating inspectors.

Steps to Certification

  1. Work experience and education requirements

    5 years Corrosion Work Experience in Coatings.

    Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements.

  2. Certification and application requirements

    Active CIP Level 2 Certification

    Approved CIP Level 3 Application.

    Note: Application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to oral exam.

    Certification candidates must apply for this certification by submitting an on-line application which is subject to approval.

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam-CIP Level 3 Oral Exam NACE-CIP3-001

    Oral Exam Preparation Guide

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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.