Coatings Inspector Program Level 2

This certification is designed for Level 2 Coating Inspectors responsible for performing and documenting non-destructive / destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate in a shop setting (e.g. workshop, factory, or plant) or under the supervision of a level 3 inspector when working in a field setting (e.g. production facilities, plants, or oil fields).

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A candidate should have working knowledge of:

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

CIP Job Duties

NOTE: NACE Institute highly recommends that candidates complete the Coatings Inspector Program Level 1 requirements for certification before attempting the CIP Level 2 certification. While some students choose to schedule and complete their CIP 1 and 2 courses back to back an active CIP Level 1 certification is a requirement towards achieving CIP Level 2 certification.

Requirements for CIP Level 2 Certification

Active CIP Level 1 Certification
Work Experience

2 years verifiable coatings related work experience.

Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

Course Requirements
Successful completion of the following course: NACE CIP Level 2 Course
Core Exam Requirement 1

Certification Exam-CIP Level 2 Practical exam

Note: This exam is delivered as part of the NACE CIP Level 2 course

Core Exam Requirement 2

Certification Exam-CIP Level 2 Exam NACE-CIP2-001

Note: This exam is available on CBT at Pearson VUE

Exam Preparation Guide (English)

考试准备指引 (EPG - Chinese)

Application Requirement
Approved CIP Level 2 Application
Application Submission

Certification candidates must apply for this certification by submitting an on-line application which is subject to approval.

Certification candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements, including a successful completion of the exam, and an approved application with the required work experience and education requirements.

To begin the certification process:

Submit the CIP Level 2 Application

Upon successful completion of requirements, the candidate will be awarded a NACE Coating Inspector Level 2

Certification renewal requirements

  • An approved Recertification application is required every 3 years
  • 1.5 year’s work experience
  • Renewal Fee
    • Members - $265 USD
    • Non-Members - $475 USD

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