Coating Inspector Program – Level 2

Coating Inspector Program Level 2
5 Day Course
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Coating Inspector Program - Certified Coatings Inspector

The AMPP Certified Coatings Inspector credential is equivalent to the existing NACE CIP Level 2, and SSPC PCI Level 2 certification. The Certified Coatings Inspector certification is for inspectors responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate in a shop setting or under the supervision of a Senior Certified Coatings Inspector when working in a field setting.

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. Taking the CIP Level 2 course is required to obtain a Certified Coatings Inspector certification.

To achieve the Certified Coatings Inspector certification, please see the requirements below. 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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*Please note that the CIP Level 1 course being offered in English is a newly revised course. Revisions to other languages will follow.

How to achieve 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.

    Coming soon: 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.

Who should pursue and apply?

Basic Coatings Inspectors seeking Certified Coatings Inspector knowledge or certification who are/or 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.

Course 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 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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