Protective Coating Specialist

Protective Coating Specialist Certification

Protective Coating Specialist

This certification is for individuals who are experienced, knowledgeable and capable of performing work at an advanced level in both the theory and practice of corrosion prevention and control in the protective coatings field.

The Protective Coating Specialist covers areas including but not limited to:

  • Creating Paint Maintenance Programs
  • Conducting Site Surveys
  • Reviewing Bidders Lists
  • Understanding of appropriate safety, environment and health issues
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Steps to certification

Primary certification path

  1. Work experience and education requirements

    8 years of verifiable protective coatings-related work experience

    One of the following:

    • i. Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Sciences or Engineering
    • ii. Protective Coating Technician Certification
    • iii. CIP Peer Certification (Coating Inspector Program Level 3)
    • iv. Frosio Coating Inspector Level III
    • v. SSPC Protective Coating Specialist
  2. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Protective Coatings Specialist Application

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – Protective Coating Specialist Exam

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

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including a successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

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  1. Work experience and education requirements

    12 years of verifiable protective coatings-related work experience

  2. Certification and application requirements

    Approved Protective Coatings Specialist Application

  3. Core exam requirements

    Certification Exam – Protective Coating Specialist Exam

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

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including a successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

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Certification Exams

NII certification requirements include an exam delivered via computer-based testing (CBT).

The multiple-choice CBT exam is delivered via Pearson VUE.

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.