Winner of Course Giveaway Earns CIP Level 2 Certification and Selling Power


In Anchorage, Alaska, Danny Crow was feeling lucky as he sat down in class ready to begin the NACE Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 2 course. He won a free seat in the course after submitting an entry into the InspectThis! CIP course giveaway drawing. Each issue a winner is drawn and awarded free attendance to a CIP course, courtesy of NACE International.

“When I learned I won, my first reaction was, YES! I always read InspectThis!,” says Danny. “I thought, most people don’t think they’ll win, so I submitted it.”

Danny, a project manager for A to Z Construction in Eagle River, Alaska, said he had set aside a budget to attend the CIP Level 2 course for next year. But winning it was better, and the prize came at the perfect time too.

“It looks like I have a project coming up later this summer. The client was really wanting a CIP Level 2. This became a win-win for me and my client.”

Before passing the course and earning his CIP Level 2 certification, Danny was certified to CIP Level 1 with Bridge Specialty endorsement. “I know my steel, I know my concrete and my normal coatings. But the new information we were exposed to in Level 2 was great education.”

Danny said that having the certification adds value to his business. “NACE CIP Level 2 certification gives me more selling power. Getting NACE certification shows that we have integrity as a contractor. We’re not scared to have a standard. It shows that we’re serious about what we do.”

Another result of Danny’s attendance was the valuable networking contacts he made with others taking the course. “I sat next to a guy with 40 years in the industry. He’s coated some of the great bridges of the world. I got his number. If I need to contain a bridge, he’s my man.”

To enter the drawing to win a free CIP course, simply send an e-mail message to and mention that you saw this article. To be eligible, you must have completed CIP Level 1 and your certification must be active. The free CIP course (Level 2 or Level 3—Peer Review) must be taken within one year of winning the drawing.


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