Coating Inspector Program – Level 2

Certified Coatings Inspector / CIP Level 2 Certification

CIP Level 2 Course

Completing the Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 2 Course is the first step to earning the Certified Coatings Inspector Certification. The CIP Level 2 Course provides instruction on documenting and performing non-destructive and destructive inspections, as well as inspection of different surfaces and non-liquid coatings.

A Certified Coatings Inspector can perform coating inspections on any substrate using nondestructive and destructive testing for liquid and non-liquid coatings under indirect supervision of a Senior Certified Coatings Inspector.

Who should pursue and apply?

Basic Coatings Inspectors seeking Certified Coatings Inspector knowledge or certification and will be responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive/destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate in a shop or field setting, under the supervision of a Senior Certified Coatings Inspector.

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CIP Level 2 Course

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, discussions, group exercises, and hands-on labs. Students will also participate in case studies based on real-life situations that focus on problem solving and team dynamics related to the inspection process.

Learning objectives

  • Explain advanced corrosion theory as it applies to the role of cathodic protection when used with coatings
  • Identify types of environmental controls and inspection concerns associated with the use of digital electronic hygrometers, data loggers, and wind speed monitors
  • Identify standards, methods of use, and inspection concerns for centrifugal blast cleaning and water-jetting equipment
  • Recognize the importance of surface preparation, application, and inspection of liquid-applied and thick barrier linings
  • Utilize destructive coating inspection equipment, such as adhesion and hardness testers, pH meters and ultrasonic thickness and eddy-current dry film thickness gauges
  • Recognize the methods of use, standards, and inspection concerns for specialized application equipment including plural-component, electrostatic and centrifugal, and hot spray systems
  • Recall concrete coating techniques, concerns and test instruments used for inspection
  • Identify specialized coating techniques and application of non-liquid coatings including powdered coatings, spray metalizing, hot-dip galvanizing and automated coatings application
  • Distinguish between different coating survey techniques, procedures, and common coating failure modes
  • Describe maintenance coating operations, as well as health and safety concerns in relations to the inspector’s work conditions

Course completion

To receive a training Certificate of Completion and continuing education units (CEUs) students must attend the entire course and successfully pass each learning assessment, including the hands-on practical exam given on the last day of class.

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5 Day Course
English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Korean
5.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course prerequisites

Successful completion of CIP Level 1 course

Math for the Coatings Professional eCourse
Basic Corrosion or Basic Corrosion eCourse

How to achieve the Certified Coatings Inspector certification

  1. Meet work experience requirement

    2 years verifiable coatings related work experience.

    Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

  2. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of CIP Level 2 Course

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

  3. Meet certification requirements

    Active Basic Coatings Inspector Certification

    Approved Certified Coatings Inspector Application

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

  4. Take required exams

    Certification Exam - Certified Coatings Inspector Practical exam administered in the classroom.

    Practical Exam Preparation Guide

    Note: This exam is delivered as part of the NACE CIP Level 2 course

    Certification Exam - CIP Level 2 Exam NACE-CIP2-001 scheduled through Pearson VUE.

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

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.

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.