Coating Inspector Program – Level 3

Coating Inspector Program Level 3
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Coating Inspector Program – Senior Certified Coatings Inspector

The AMPP Senior Certified Coatings Inspector credential is equivalent to the existing NACE CIP Level 3, and SSPC PCI Level 3 certification. This certification is designed for coating inspectors who aim to be recognized as leaders in the Coatings Inspection field. This includes:

  • Highly skilled and experienced in corrosion, surface preparation, cleanliness, environmental conditions, test instruments, coating mixtures, and safety
  • Can undertake unsupervised non-destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings applied to any substrate
  • Has demonstrated technical knowledge, problem solving ability regarding issues that may arise on site and is capable of supervising Basic Coatings Inspectors and Certified Coatings Inspectors

After completing five years of inspection related work and successful completion of the Senior Certified Coatings Inspector peer review oral exam, an advanced inspector has “expert knowledge” of all referenced competencies identified for all levels of the program. They can undertake unsupervised non‐destructive and destructive inspections of liquid and non‐liquid coatings applied to any substrate. The advanced inspector has proven their technical knowledge and ability to communicate regarding practical issues that may arise on site and is capable of supervising basic and intermediate inspectors.

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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Who should apply  |  Course learning objectives  |  Job roles and supervisory guidelines

How to achieve certification

  1. Achieve work experience requirements

    5 years corrosion work experience in coatings.

    Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

  2. Meet certification requirements

    Active certified Coatings Inspector Certification

    Approved Senior Certified Coatings Inspector Application

    Note: Application must be submitted at least 60 days prior to oral exam. Certification candidates must apply for this certification by submitting an on-line application which is subject to approval.

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

    Successful completion of the CIP - Level 3 Peer Review Course (not required)

  3. Sit for the oral exam

    Certification Exam - CIP Level 3 Oral Exam NACE-CIP3-001

    Oral Exam Preparation Guide

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.

Course prerequisites


Successful completion of Coatings Inspector Program Level 1 and Coatings Inspector Program Level 2 courses

Active Coatings Inspector Program Level 2 Certification

Exam preparation guides

Oral Exam Preparation Guide

Certification resources

PCI Level 3 Recertification

About computer-based testing (CBT)

Ethics for the corrosion professional

My certification portal

CIP Job Duties - (pdf 104k)

Who should pursue and apply?

Anyone interested in completing his or her Coatings Inspector Program training to receive recognition as a Certified Coating Inspector – Level 3.

Course learning objectives

Display thorough knowledge of:

  • Advanced corrosion theory
  • All types of surface preparation, application, and inspection
  • Destructive coating inspection equipment
  • Standards, and inspection concerns for specialized application equipment
  • Concrete coating techniques, concerns and test instruments used for inspection
  • Specialized coating techniques and application of non-liquid coatings
  • Distinguish between different coating survey techniques, procedures, and common coating failure modes
  • Maintenance coating operations, as well as health and safety concerns

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. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the AMPP ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

Certification exams

The exam for the CIP Level 3 certification is an oral exam.

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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