Coating Inspector Program Level 1 (CIP Level 1)

Definition - What does Coating Inspector Program Level 1 (CIP Level 1) mean?

The Coating Inspector Program Level 1 (CIP Level 1) is a certification program offered by the NACE International Institute. It allows individuals to perform higher-level inspection tasks. With this certification, an individual is qualified to inspect vital coating that involves structural steel with the use of nondestructive instrumentation and methods under the supervision of a Level 3 Coating Inspector.

A person certified at Level 1 learns about basic coating materials, techniques and knowledge for application and preparation on steel substrates.

Corrosionpedia explains Coating Inspector Program Level 1 (CIP Level 1)

Anyone may take the CIP Level 1 course, which has no prerequisites and lasts for five days. Upon completion, attendees must pass an exam. As of this writing, Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) members pay approximately $995, and non-members pay a higher fee of $1,195.



Program enrollees should be ready for fast paced training, evening study and work to maximize the program's allotted five days. The course consists of 13 modules - from corrosion prevention to more advanced modules. The course's primary goal is to provide thorough training in proper inspection methods, installation/surface preparation of marine/industrial protective coatings, lining systems of various facilities and industrial structures.



After the course, an individual should be able to handle the following responsibilities:

  • Identify a coating inspector's common responsibilities, duties and roles
  • Describe the authority of a coating inspector
  • Determine the difference between quality control and quality assurance
  • Recognize possible safety hazards related to coating inspection
  • Conduct coating inspection on industrial projects
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