Coatings Inspector Program Level 1

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This certification is designed for Coating Inspectors responsible for performing and documenting basic and non-destructive inspections of liquid coatings applied by brush, roller or spray to steel surfaces under the supervision of a level 2 or 3 inspector when working in a shop setting or a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting.


A candidate should have entry level knowledge of:

  • Corrosion
  • Surface preparation
  • Cleanliness
  • Environmental conditions
  • Test instruments
  • Coating mixtures
  • Safety

Requirements for CIP Level 1 Certification


Course Requirements
• Successful completion of the following course: NACE CIP Level 1 Course
Core Exam Requirement 1
• Certification Exam-CIP Level 1 Practical exam
Note: This exam is delivered as part of the NACE CIP Level 1 course  
Core Exam Requirement 2
• Certification Exam-CIP Level 1 Exam NACE-CIP1-001
Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson Vue
Exam Preparation Guide

To begin the certification process:



Upon successful completion of requirements, the candidate will be awarded a NACE Coating Inspector Level 1


Certification renewal requirements

  • An approved Recertification application is required every 3 years
  • 1.5 year’s work experience
  • Renewal Fee
  • Members-$240 USD
  • Non-Members-$450 USD

Available Endorsements:

CIP Level 1 Nuclear


Certification Requirements
• CIP Level 1
Course Requirements
• Successful completion of the following course: NACE Nuclear Power Plant Training for Coatings Inspectors
Work Experience Document
Nuclear Coating Inspector - (pdf 127k)

CIP Level 1 with Bridge Specialty


The Coating Inspector Program with Bridge Specialty ensures training related to coatings inspection of bridges that meets the training requirements specified by the US. Department of Transportation.


Certification Requirements
• CIP Level 1
Course Requirements
• Successful completion of the following courses: NACE CIP One Bridge

CIP Level 1 with Marine Specialty


Certification Requirements
• CIP Level 1
Course Requirements
• Successful completion of the following courses: NACE Marine Coating Technology

CIP Level 1 with Marine and Bridge Specialties


Certification Requirements
• CIP Level 1
Course Requirements
• Successful completion of the following courses: NACE CIP One Bridge and NACE Marine Coating Technology

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