NACE Certified Coating Inspector

Quality Management, Construction Administration, and Project Planning

Benefits of a well-planned coating inspection program are,

  • Evidence of compliance with specifications
  • Reduced risk of premature coating failure
  • Prevent recurrence of nonconformities
  • Work tracked for construction administration
  • Documentation for warranty requirements
  • Records for traceability and future reference

Coating inspection services by a NACE Certified Coating Inspector

Companies worldwide recognize and specify the NACE Coating Inspector Program the most because its comprehensive curriculum produces knowledgeable inspectors who have learned a skillset for fieldwork and a solid coatings foundation that strengthens the industry overall.” (Coating Inspector Program, NACE International,

Industry standard inspection procedures are the heart of a functional quality management system, whether the inspection tasks are performed by a professional consultant, in-house staff, construction management, applicator, or a combination of the above. Oversight for the compliance with specifications, referenced standards, and manufacturers product data will benefit all stakeholders and provide a framework for successful completion of the project.

The categories of services shown below include a summary list of standards (for reference only) which will detail all aspects of the inspection task. An official citation of the standards and links can be found in the Reference tables. This is an overview of all available services which apply to a wide range of coating projects. A specific scope of work can be created according to individual project details. Please see Contact if more information is needed.

Identify conditions which may need attention or correction prior to the start of surface preparation 

Inaccessible Areas
Sharp Edges
Weld Splatter
Skip Welds
Rough Welds
Structural Cracks
Protective Coverings

Surface Preparation of Concrete – NACE No. 6/SSPC-SP 13
Surface Preparation Commentary for Metal Substrates – SP COM

Ambient conditions are monitored periodically during surface preparation and application operations

Air Temperature
Surface Temperature
Wind Direction and Velocity
Relative Humidity
Dew Point
Visible Moisture

See Testing and Measurement

Compliance with all project Health and Safety Plan (HASP) requirements

Protective Clothing
Respiratory Protection
Safety Glasses
Ear Protection
Fall Protection
Confined Space

Corporate Safety Program for Industrial Painting and Coating Contractors – SSPC-Guide 17

Inspect for compliance with all pre-cleaning and surface preparation requirements

Solvent Cleaning
Hand Tool Cleaning
Power Tool Cleaning
Pressure Washing

Solvent Cleaning – SSPC SP 1
Hand Tool Cleaning – SSPC SP 2
Power Tool Cleaning – SSPC SP 3
Power Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal – SSPC SP 11
Commercial Grade Power-Tool Cleaning – SSPC SP 15
Reference for Steel Surfaces Prepared by Hand and Power Tool Cleaning – SSPC VIS 3
Waterjet Cleaning of Metals – Very Thorough Cleaning – NACE WJ-2/ SSPC-SP WJ-2
Waterjet Cleaning of Metals -Thorough Cleaning – NACE WJ-3/ SSPC-SP WJ-3
Waterjet Cleaning of Metals – Light Cleaning – NACE WJ-4/ SSPC-SP WJ-4

Inspect for comliance with general abrasive blast cleaning requirements

Type and Size Abrasive
Recycled Abrasive Test
Clean and Dry Abrasive
Compressed Air Check
Nozzle Air Pressure

Mineral and Slag Abrasives – SSPC AB 1
Cleanliness of Recycled Metallic Abrasives – SSPC AB 2
Indicating Oil or Water in Compressed Air – ASTM D4285

Oil in Abrasives – ASTM D7393

Inspect for compliance with steel, concrete, non-ferrous metal, and non-metal surface preparation requirements

Dust and Abrasive Removal
Degree of Cleanliness
Surface Profile Verification and Measurement
Magnetic Base Reading
Soluble Salts
Moisture Content

Practices for Preparation of Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Surfaces for Painting – ASTM D1730
Surface Preparation Standards and Guides for Painting Steel Surfaces – ASTM D2200
Surface Cleaning Concrete for Coating – ASTM D4258
Abrading Concrete – ASTM D4259
Surface Cleaning Concrete Masonry Units for Coating – ASTM D4261
Preparation of Zinc (Hot-Dip Galvanized) Coated Iron and Steel – ASTM D6386
Preparation of New, Galvanized Steel Surfaces – ASTM D7396
White Metal Blast Cleaning – NACE No. 1/SSPC SP 5
Near-White Metal Blast Cleaning – NACE No. 2/SSPC SP 10
Commercial Blast Cleaning – NACE No. 3/SSPC SP 6
Brush-Off Blast Cleaning – NACE No. 4/SSPC SP 7
Surface Preparation of Concrete – NACE No. 6/SSPC-SP 13
Practices for Tanks and Vessels to Be Lined for Immersion Service – NACE SP0178
Ductile Iron Pipe and Fittings External Coatings and/or Internal Linings – NAPF 500-03
Brush-Off Blast Cleaning of Non-Ferrous Metals – SSPC SP 16
Reference for Steel Surfaces Prepared by Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning – SSPC VIS 1
Selecting and Specifying Concrete Surface Preparation – ICRI 310.2R

Verify compliance with specification and manufacturer’s instructions and requirements

Coatings as Specified
Shelf Life
Batch Numbers
Stored Correctly
Induction Time
Pot Life

Inspection of Lining Application in Steel and Concrete Equipment – NACE SP0288
Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors (Metal Substrates) – ASTM D3276
Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors (Concrete and Masonry Substrates) – ASTM D6237

Verify compliance with specification and manufacturer’s instructions and requirements

Application Method
Stripe Coat
Film Thickness – Wet
Cure Time
Recoat Times
Inter-Coat Cleanliness

Inspection of Lining Application in Steel and Concrete Equipment – NACE SP0288
Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors (Metal Substrates) – ASTM D3276
Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors (Concrete and Masonry Substrates) – ASTM D6237
Measurement of Wet Film Thickness by Notch Gages – ASTM D4414
Protective Polymer Flooring Systems for Concrete – ICRI 710.1
Shop, Field and Maintenance Painting of Steel – SSPC PA 1
Applying Thin Film Coatings to Concrete – SSPC PA 7
Thin-Film Organic Linings Applied in New Carbon Steel Process Vessels – SSPC PA 8
Protecting Edges, Crevices, and Irregular Steel Surfaces by Stripe Coating – SSPC PA Guide 11

Review and verify requirements for final completion

Markers and Identification
Action Submittals
Maintenance Materials
Substantial Completion
Final Inspection

Punch List
Final Cleaning
Repair of The Work

Guide for Planning Coatings Inspection – SSPC
Safety Colors – ANSI/NEMA Z535.1
Identification of Piping Systems – ASME A13.1

Documentation in accordance with client specifications for content format and data integration

Daily Reports
Summary Status Reports
Project Summary Report
Digital Photographs
As-built Markups
Database Integration

Guide for Planning Coatings Inspection – SSPC
Quality Control Forms in Coatings Contracting – SSPC


ICI is an online, self-paced course that consists of 8, 30-minute modules introducing the fundamentals of coatings, as well as the purpose and role of a coating inspector on a coatings project. Students may either choose to complete the modules in sequential order or those with more experience or with specif ic interests, may select the modules that would most benefit them in their career.
Module 5: Surface Preparation and Standards
Summarize the various methods of surface preparation and the critical aspects required for a successful coating project
Module 6: Application Procedures
Describe the equipment (brush and roller, conventional and airless and plural component system) and processes for coatings application
Explain the basic instruments used to monitor environmental conditions, evaluate the level of surface preparation, and measure the thickness of the installed coating film

Our flagship training program for 30+ years, the NACE coating inspection courses set the standard for inspections in the protective coatings industry. Companies worldwide recognize and specify the NACE Coating Inspector Program the most because its comprehensive curriculum produces knowledgeable inspectors who have learned a skillset for fieldwork and a solid coatings foundation that strengthens the industry overall.

For coating inspectors & contractors. Contact info., standards, checklists, personnel tracking, safety, weather. Salt test & lead/heavy metal, surface preparation, mixing and application. Same as regular logbook but 30 day (vs. 6 month) supply. 5th edition 2015 NACE
Product Number: 37603
ISBN: 9781575903132
Author: Arthur K. Marshall
Publication Date: 2015
Written for coating inspectors and contractors, the fifth edition of this bestselling condensed logbook contains over 100 additional pages with new forms and checklists. The Coating Inspector’s Condensed Log book provides step by step job specific entry spaces for the entire coating or lining project and replaces a non-specific diary. Included are contact information, standards, checklists, essential and non-essential personnel tracking, safety documentation, summary of ambient weather conditions, pre-inspection log for Salt test and lead/heavy metal reporting, surface preparation, mixing and coating application and much more. The log book is designed to document work in real time and can be used to generate daily reports as required. It is a working tool and an excellent resource should there be disputes or litigation. As with the regular-sized logbook, you receive all of the same useful forms to help you keep vital site information on hand, but instead of a four- to six-month supply, you receive a 30-day supply

Information, procedures, standards & practices for inspection of coatings and linings on industrial structures. Provides coatings inspectors the resources to perform inspections. Referencees, Appendices, Glossary, Index. 1998 SSPC
Product Number: 38311
ISBN: 1889060119
Author: Edited by B.R. Appleman, R.W. Drisko, and J.M. Neugebauer
Publication Date: 1998
This handbook is a comprehensive compilation of information, procedures, standards, and practices needed for effective inspection of coatings and linings applied to industrial structures. Its primary purpose is to provide coatings inspectors with the resources and guidance to effectively perform the work of inspection. 1998 by SSPC, 8-1/2”x11”, hardbound, 504 pages, figures, tables, references, appendices, glossary, index

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Please contact me if you have any questions regarding Inspection Services, and if you would like to learn more about the NACE Certified Inspector Program see the Information page.