I.C.I. Online - Intro to Coating Inspection

Coating Inspector Program - ICI

Introduction to Coatings Inspection eCourse (ICI)

ICI is an online, self-paced course that consists of 8, 30-minute modules introducing the fundamentals of coatings, as well as the purpose and role of a coating inspector on a coatings project. Students may either choose to complete the modules in sequential order or those with more experience or with specific interests, may select the modules that would most benefit them in their career.

This 4-hour short course includes audio narration with transcripts and on-demand viewing and bookmarking capabilities that enable you to complete the course as your schedule allows.

Group or Corporate Pricing: To learn more about group pricing for 10 or more students, please contact the Senior Manager of Education Business Development.

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Who should attend

This course is geared toward those new to the protective coating and coating inspection industry or those looking to learn more about coating inspection prior to enrolling in the CIP Level 1 course.

Learning objectives

Module 1: Role of the Inspector

Describe the role and responsibilities of an inspector and the value they bring to a coatings project

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Module 2: Test Instrumentation

Explain the basic instruments used to monitor environmental conditions, evaluate the level of surface preparation, and measure the thickness of the installed coating film

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Module 3: Coating Specification

Identify the basic information that needs to be included in specifications, so the coating inspector has the tools to ensure that the coatings are installed as specif ied

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Module 4: Coating Fundamentals

Define the components of a typical coating and how coatings are applied to better understand the importance and role of the coating inspector in coatings application

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Module 5: Surface Preparation and Standards

Summarize the various methods of surface preparation and the critical aspects required for a successful coating project

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Module 6: Application Procedures

Describe the equipment (brush and roller, conventional and airless and plural component system) and processes for coatings application

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Module 7: Coating Defects

Identify the types of defects that may occur when the specification is not followed or when problems occur during the coatings installation and how to identify them

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Module 8: Pre-Job Conference

Explain the benefits of a pre-job conference, where all involved parties meet to ensure complete understanding of the project requirements and clarify any potential issues or ambiguities before it starts

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4 Hour Course

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There are no required prerequisites for this course.


No prior training or experience is necessary.

End of course exam

Successful completion of the written or online exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

Online subscription

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration and are non-refundable. Students have access to the course and any corresponding materials for one year and must complete all course work within that one year time frame before the subscription expires.