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Basic Coatings Inspector / CIP Level 1 Course

Basic Coatings Inspector / CIP Level 1 Certification

CIP Level 1 Course
Completing the Coating Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1 Course is the first step to earning the Basic Coatings Inspector Certification. The CIP Level 1 Course provides entry level knowledge of coating materials, techniques for surface preparation and application, and inspection testing and documentation.
After successfully obtaining your Basic Coatings Inspector certification you will be able to perform basic coating inspections on steel substrates using nondestructive testing and instrumentation.

Who should pursue and apply?
Although specifically designed for coating inspector trainees, this program benefits anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of coatings and inspection including:

  • Project managers, supervisors/foreman and engineers
  • Maintenance and quality assurance/control (QA/QC) personnel
  • Contractors and specification writers
  • Coating manufacturers and technical sales representatives
  • Fabricators and welders
  • Paint applicators and blasters

CIP Level 1 Course

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, group exercises, case studies and hands-on practical labs. Students will also participate in real-life inspection projects that are designed to apply course concepts to the job site by focusing on inspection procedures and proper instrument use, situation problem solving, inaccurate specifications and strengthening the relationship between the inspector and other team members.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize how corrosion forms and the role protective coatings play in preventing corrosion
  • Describe the role of the inspector as it applies to responsibilities, authority, safety, ethics, communication, and decision-making
  • Differentiate surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards for solvent cleaning, hand/power tool cleaning, wet/dry abrasive blasting, and waterjetting
  • Identify quality control issues, recognizing design and fabrication defects and coating failure modes
  • Compare and contrast different generic coating types, modes of protection and curing mechanisms
  • Differentiate coating application by type, including brush, roller, airless, conventional, and plural component spray
  • Utilize job specifications, safety/product data sheets and a variety of inspection report documentation including NCRs, daily reports and inspection test plans
  • Perform non-destructive inspection procedures for environmental conditions, visible/nonvisible contaminants, surface profile, film thickness, and holiday detection under the supervision of a qualified inspector
  • Comply with the AMPP Coating Inspector Code of Conduct

Course completion

To receive a training Certificate of Completion and continuing education units (CEUs) students must attend the entire course and successfully pass each learning assessment, including the hands-on practical exam given on the last day of class.


There are no required prerequisites for this course.