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CIP Level 1 Certification
Basic Coating Inspector

Completing the Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1 course is the first step in obtaining Basic Coatings Inspector certification. The CIP Level 1 course provides basic knowledge of coating materials, surface preparation and application techniques, and inspection testing and documentation.

After successfully completing your Base Coatings Inspector certification, you will be able to perform base coating inspections on steel substrates using non-destructive testing and instrumentation.

Who should go ahead and apply?

Although specifically designed for trainee coatings inspectors, this program benefits anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of coatings and inspection, including:

  • Project managers, supervisors/foremen and engineers

  • Maintenance and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) personnel

  • Contractors and quote writers

  • Coating manufacturer and technical representatives

  • Manufacturers and welders

  • Paint applicators and sandblasters


There are no required prerequisites for this course.

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.



Contact Alexandre Racine
CFRRIQC training Director


Training and course materials are available in English and French.


4 540.95$ CAD (taxes included)

*Prices are subject to change without notice

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