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Marine Coating Certifications, General Coating Training Programs, Corrosion Technical Series, and Other Related Training in the U.S. and Worldwide

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Established in 1943, NACE International (earlier know as National Association of Corrosion Engineers) is the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, and serves nearly 36,000 members in over 130 countries and is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions. NACE International Institute is the training and education division of Nace International. The organization offers technical training and certification programs, conferences, industry standards, reports, publications, technical journals, government relations activities and more.

NACE International is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in San Diego, California; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai, China, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia.NACE International’s membership includes engineers, inspectors, technicians, scientists, business owners, CEOs, researchers, educators, students and others. The global membership comprises nearly every major industry including maritime.

NACE International is organized into four Areas in North America and four Global Areas. NACE International has 142 sections, including 33 student sections worldwide sponsor local programs to promote the exchange of corrosion information and education. NACE International offers the ONLY marine-specific certification recognized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Performance Standard for Protective Coatings (PSPC) standard.

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Training Programs



Marine Coating Certifications

  • Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) Level 1 with Marine Specialty or Marine & Bridge Specialties: 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 in a shop setting or level 3 inspector when working in a shop or field setting. Candidates have four (4) years to complete all requirements.
  • Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) Level 2 with Marine Specialty or Marine & Bridge Specialties: 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).
  • Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) Level 3 Peer Review with Marine or Marine & Bridge: Upon successful achievement of the CIP Level 3 certification, a Candidate would be able to perform unsupervised non-destructive inspections of liquid and non-liquid coatings to any substrate and demonstrate technical knowledge, problem solving ability regarding issues that may arise on site and would be capable of supervising basic (CIP Level 1) and intermediate (CIP Level 2) coating inspectors.
  • Cathodic Protection (CP2) Technician - Maritime: The certification covers specific information pertaining to shipboard cathodic protection with theoretical knowledge and practical testing techniques to determine the effectiveness of galvanic and impressed current CP systems. This certification is geared toward persons with a heavy engineering/scientific background and some working knowledge of cathodic protection, or who have extensive years of field experience with some technical background.

General Coating Training Programs

  • Marine Coating Technology (4 days): This course covers the fundamental issues that are specific to coatings in the marine industry. After a description of the most common types of ships, the course describes the corrosion types affecting the ships’ areas, the types of coatings and linings that are effective in the marine environment, the shipbuilding process, the surface preparation, application and inspection techniques, the IMO PSPC for Ballast Tanks, Cargo Tanks and Voids, as well as in-service survey and inspection, inspection records and procedures.
  • Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT) (5 days): The Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training course provides a foundation of coatings, corrosion, and corrosion control knowledge for assessing the condition of tanks and other military ship structures, while determining the required actions necessary to effectively maintain fully operational status. The course equips the naval assessor with practical guidelines for surveying and evaluating the condition of the protective coating system on specific areas of U.S. Navy vessels.
  • Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT) (5 days): This course addresses the elements of in-service inspection and maintenance planning for fixed offshore structures. Also covered in this course are the Minerals Management Services (MMS) A-B-C facility evaluation grading system requirements for Level 1 Inspection Reporting.

Corrosion Technical Series

  • Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) (1 day)
  • Corrosion Failures (2 days)
  • Diesel Corrosion: Risks and Options for Tanks and Equipment (1 day)

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