Coating Inspector Program – Level 1

Coating Inspector Program Level 1
5 Day Course
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Coating Inspector Program – Level 1

After successfully obtaining a CIP Level 1 Certification, 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.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises, and hands-on practical labs. Students will also participate in case studies and other activities designed to apply course concepts to the job site, avoid potential problems, strengthen the relationship between the inspector and other project team members, and how to balance job team recommendations while still enforcing the specification.

Taking the CIP Level 1 Course is the first step to obtaining a Level 1 coating inspector certification. To achieve the Coating Inspector Program Level 1 certification, please see the requirements below.

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*Please note that the SSPC PCI Level 1 course is being merged with the CIP Level 1 course to create a combined course that reflects the best of both programs.

How to achieve certification

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of CIP Level 1 Course

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  2. Take required exams

    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 Written Exam NACE-CIP1-001 scheduled through Pearson VUE.

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

  3. Consent to conduct agreement

    Complete the Professional Code of Conduct (in My Certification Portal)

Start Your Journey

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

Who should pursue and apply?

Although specifically designed for coating inspector trainees, this program benefits anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of coatings application and inspection. Areas of focus include non-destructive inspections and documentation in a shop or field setting under direction of a level 2 or 3 inspector. This includes:

  • Program/project managers and engineers
  • Quality assurance/control managers
  • Contractors and specification writers
  • Coating manufacturers and technical sales representatives
  • Fabricators
  • Paint applicators and blasters
  • Maintenance personnel

Course learning objectives

  • Recognize how corrosion forms and the role protective coatings play in preventing corrosion
  • Describe the role of the inspector as it applies to responsibilities, authority, safety, ethics, communication, and decision-making
  • Differentiate surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards for solvent cleaning, hand/power tool cleaning, wet/dry abrasive blasting, and waterjetting
  • Identify quality control issues, recognizing design and fabrication defects and coating failure modes
  • Recognize coating types, modes of protection, and curing mechanisms
  • Differentiate coating application by type, including brush, roller, airless, conventional, and plural component spray
  • Utilize job specifications, safety/product data sheets, and a variety of inspection report documentation
  • Perform non-destructive inspection procedures for environmental conditions, visible/nonvisible contaminants, surface profile, film thickness, and holiday detection under the supervision of a qualified inspector
  • Comply with the AMPP Coating Inspector Code of Conduct

Course completion and end of course exam

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks. A practical exam is administered at the end of the course. Successful completion of the exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Certification exams

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. The initial CBT exam is included with the course registration. Any Exam retake will incur additional cost to the applicant.

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, please visit My Certification Portal to log and manage your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH's) needed. Your work experience and PDH's will be submitted as part of your renewal application but you can input PDH's at any time. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements, our sample training PDH guide, and our PDH how-to videos.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.

NOTE: AMPP 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.

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