For over 30 years, the NACE Coating Inspector Program has set the standard for inspections in the protective coatings industry and is the world’s most recognized coating inspector certification program. CIP is the first international certification program designed to improve the overall quality of inspections performed, and it continues to provide the most complete training curriculum, producing top-notch inspectors for the industry.
Building on the momentum of the last 30 years and over 26,000 certified inspectors, NACE has recently enhanced the CIP learning experience with more hands-on time with new inspection methods and equipment, better graphics and video presentation as well as additional emphasis on international standards.
CIP introduces inspectors, applications, blasters, manufacturers, owner’s representatives, specifiers, and technical salesmen to the basics of corrosion control, paint inspection, and project management in a way that has resulted in savings of billions of dollars in costly mistakes.
NACE has three certifications levels: Levels 1, 2, and 3. The levels of certifications are tied to one another. For example, in order to get to Level 2, one generally has to either get NACE certification for coating inspection at Level 1 or take both Level 1 and 2 courses and pass both.
There are certifications for general coating inspection as well as special categories of coating. These include nuclear coating as well as a bridge specialty and a marine specialty.
The Level 3 NACE certification requires not just an exam but a peer review as well.
Steve Newson, Head of Quality Control at Caldercote Ltd is qualified to NACE Level 3 standards