Coating Inspector

Coating Inspector Certification

Coating Inspector Program

For more than 30 years, the NACE Institute coating inspection certifications have set the global standard for inspectors in the protective coatings industry. Organizations around the world recognize and specify the NACE Institute Coating Inspector Certification Program (CIP) because its comprehensive testing methods validate an individual’s entire body of knowledge and experience.

Combining classroom study, discussion, and hands-on practice, the NACE Institute Coating Inspector Program certifications elevate the skill level of specifiers, applicators, inspectors, blasters, manufacturers, owner’s representatives, and technical sales personnel. Areas with specific focus include the basics of corrosion control, paint application and inspection, and project management.

This industry-leading program and endorsements help strengthen the entire industry and result in billions of dollars in cost savings.

CIP Level 1

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.

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CIP Level 2

Designed for coating inspectors responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate in a shop setting or under the supervision of a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting.

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CIP Level 3 Peer Review

Designed for coating inspectors who aim to be recognized as leaders in their field. A level 3 inspector has expert knowledge of all competencies for level 1 and 2 inspectors.

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CIP Specialties

Designed for NACE Institute CIP 1, 2, or 3 certification holders who want to enhance skills in the nuclear, bridge, or marine industries.

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