Coating Inspector

Coating Inspector Program
Offerings worldwide
English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish and Korean
3 Levels of education and certification courses

About the Coating Inspector Program

For over 30 years, the NACE and SSPC coating inspection certifications have set the global standard for inspectors in the protective coatings industry. Organizations recognize and specify the NACE Coating Inspector Certification Program (CIP) and SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) programs due to its comprehensive, hands-on practical testing methods which validate an individual’s knowledge, skills, and experience and elevate the skills of those in the industry. The new AMPP Coatings Inspector Program is equivalent to these existing credentials and will eventually replace them as the specified standard for coatings inspection in the industry.

Who is the Coating Inspector Program for?

This program is designed for anyone pursuing a career in coatings inspection or that want to have a greater knowledge of protective coatings for any number of assets (pipelines, storage tanks, key infrastructure, and more). The curriculum is comprehensive and combines classroom study, discussion, and hands-on practice, the program provides a solid coatings foundation that strengthens the industry’s inspectors and their practices. 

This program is designed for:

  • Coatings Inspectors (see roles and responsibilities)
  • Coatings Applicators and Blasters
  • Specifiers, Owner’s representatives, and Technical salesmen 
CIP 1 Training

Basic Coatings Inspector

CIP Level 1

The level 1 course covers the technical and practical fundamentals of coating inspection work. Students will be prepared to perform basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation.

After completion of the level 1 course, become certified with a Basic Coatings Inspector Certification. A basic coatings certification grants you the backing of the AMPP Coating Inspector Program companies ask for by name.

Take the course online and in-person with our blended learning program.

CIP 2 Training

Certified Coatings Inspector

CIP Level 2

The level 2 course focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialized application methods for both steel and non-steel substrates including concrete.

Continue your education after taking the Level 2 course by obtaining a certified coatings inspector certification. An AMPP Certified Coatings Inspector certification sets you apart from your peers and puts you ahead of the basic coatings certified professionals.

Take the course online and in-person with our blended learning program.

CIP 3 Training

Senior Certified Coatings Inspector

CIP Level 3

The level 3 course is for experienced Certified Coatings Inspectors looking to attain recognition as a Senior Certified Coatings Inspector. Candidates must have expert knowledge in all areas of coating inspection including: surface preparation, coating types, inspection criteria, lab testing, and failure modes for various coatings, including specialized coatings and linings.

AMPP Senior Certified Coatings Inspectors are recognized as experts in their field.

Are you a current NACE CIP or SSPC PCI cardholder?

Current NACE CIP and SSPC PCI cardholders have been moved into the new AMPP Coatings Inspector Program. To receive your AMPP Coating Inspector credential, you will need to login to My Certification Portal and accept the new terms and conditions.

Going forward, you will only need to maintain your AMPP credential. If you have any questions, please contact Customer Support.​