NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)

NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)
How to get this certification
  1. Enroll in the NBPI course
  2. Complete prerequisite forms
  3. Take in-course exams

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NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)

The NBPI course is a 5-day inspection course that was developed by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to train coatings inspectors to inspect critical coated areas as defined by US Navy policy documents. These areas include (but are not limited to): cofferdams, decks for aviation and UNREP, chain lockers, underwater hulls, bilges, tanks, voids, and well deck overheads.

Who should attend:

The course is primarily designed for people and organizations involved in painting work on Navy ships. However, the comprehensive nature of this course makes it an ideal tool for anyone who desires basic certification in paint inspection on marine vessels.

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Why Attend - Benefits of Attending

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of corrosion
  • Describe methods of corrosion control
  • Demonstrate the use of environmental tests and coating inspection instruments
  • Identify Navy single and multiple part paints
  • Explain the different causes of coating failures or defects
  • Create a coating inspector’s inspection plan and log book
  • Check the shelf life and condition of paint in the can
  • Document that abrasive blasting, environmental conditions, paint procedures meet NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32, Chapter 631, and, when applicable, the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Conduct post-blasting/post-surface prep inspection including condition of surface, profile, residual soluble salts, and readiness to paint
  • Recognize hazardous areas related to paint and coatings and their applications
  • Utilize procedures for doing condition assessment

What this course covers

  • Corrosion, corrosion control, and inspection of corrosion
  • NAVSEA documents
  • Chemical or detergent cleaning methods
  • Mechanical cleaning methods and abrasive blast cleaning
  • Waterjetting and alternative surface preparation methods
  • Surface preparation method selection
  • Coatings, safety and coating application
  • Coating defects and failures
  • Specialty coatings and surfaces
  • Coating inspector preparation and condition assessment
  • Coatings inspection instrument exercises and workshops

Course Format

The first 4 days are devoted to classroom lecture and extensive hands-on training. On Day 5, the NBPI Course Exams are given.

The exams consist of three parts:

  1. Multiple-choice course exam
  2. Practical Exam (using inspection instruments)
  3. NAVSEA S.I. 009-32 multiple-choice exam

How to achieve certification

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Register for a NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI) Course offering

    Note: Registering for this course includes the written and practical certification exams

  2. Ensure all prerequisite forms are filled out and returned to AMPP

    NBPI Prerequisite Form

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Prior to attending the NBPI course, you must provide information showing that you meet the minimum requirements. If AMPP is unable to verify the accuracy of any information reported, it may result in the rejection of your application.

In order to qualify to take the NBPI, you must document a minimum of 2 years experience working on a Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessel.

Work experience must be in one of the following areas:

  • Inspection of Coating Application on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels
  • Repairs, Surface Preparation and Application of marine coatings on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels
  • Project Management of Coatings Projects on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels
  • Coating Specification and/or Contract Development on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels
  • Coating Equipment and Material Supplier Technical Representative on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels
  • Failure Analysis of Coating on Navy, Coast Guard or similar vessels

The following item must be submitted to AMPP no later than two weeks before the scheduled course:

What happens to students that do not meet the prerequisites?

  • Students without the 2 years of experience are allowed to take the NBPI Training and exams
  • The student would be sent a letter after the training stating that they took 40 hours of training
  • If the student without the experience passed the NBPI test, they would be allowed to submit a letter with attestations of experience in the future (i.e., after they get the required years of experience)
  • For example, a person taking the class with 18 months of experience would be allowed to submit a letter with the required references after he/she completes six months of additional experience. The letter would attest to the fact that the individual completed his/her experience requirements passed the test and as such should be certified
  • Once we receive this letter the student will then take an open book NBPI exam online. If they pass the exam with an 85% they would then be issued a wallet card from the date the open book exam was graded. The fee to take the exam is $250 for members and $350 for nonmembers
  • Before a student has the full NBPI Certification, if they simply completed the training they would not be allowed to certify critical-coated-area work, but would be allow to work under supervision of an individual with full NBPI certification to gain the required experience
  • If a student takes the NBPI Training and fails the exam they would have to retake the class

Additional Information

U.S. Navy Requirement
Approved certification under the NAVSEA Standard Item 009–32

The NBPI course meets the requirements specified in section 3.3.1 of AMPP SSPC QP 1.

5 Day Course
4 Year Certificate Term
3.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)