The AMPP Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) is the world’s most recognised and specified coating inspection certification program.

The AMPP Coating Inspector Program – Level 2 (CIP2) course focuses on advanced inspection techniques and specialised application for both steel and non-steel
substrates, including specialised coatings and linings. This is the world’s most recognised and specified coating inspection certification program.

Who should attend
Coatings Inspectors seeking Certified Coatings Inspector knowledge or certification who will be responsible for performing and documenting destructive/non-destructive inspections under the supervision of a Senior Certified Coatings Inspector.

Duration: 5 Days

Method: Personal instruction and practice


  • Practical Examination
  • Theory Examination (off-site)

What’s included:

  • All course materials
  • Full catering
  • Testing materials

Prerequisites: Successful completion of CIP Level 1 course

Course Highlights

  • De-humidification
  • Centrifugal Blast Cleaning
  • Coating Types and Inspection Criteria
  • Water Jetting
  • Hot Dip Galvanizing
  • Spray Metalizing
  • Concrete and Cementitious Surfaces
  • Pipeline Coatings
  • Specialised Application Equipment
  • Inspection Instruments Lab
  • Laboratory Instruments and Test Methods Coating
  • Survey Techniques
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Use of Inspection Procedures for both Destructive and Non-destructive Test Instrument

How to achieve the Certified Coatings Inspector/CIP Level 2 certification:

2 years verifiable coatings related work experience. Note: Please review the Accepted Work Experience Requirements

Successful completion of CIP Level 2 Course

Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

Active Basic Coatings Inspector Certification

Approved Certified Coatings Inspector Application

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


Certification Exam – Certified Coatings Inspector Practical exam administered in the classroom.

Certification Exam – CIP Level 2 Exam NACE-CIP2-001 scheduled through Pearson VUE.

  • Note: This exam is available on Computer Based Testing (CBT) at Pearson Virtual University Experience (VUE)

Start Your Journey

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

Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge.

As you prepare for renewal, please visit My Certification Portal to log and manage your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH’s) needed. Your work experience and PDH’s will be submitted as part of your renewal application but you can input PDH’s at any time. See the certification renewal guide for PDH’s requirements, our sample training PDH guide, and our PDH how-to videos.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.

NOTE: AMPP reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.



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