Course Schedule

CIP was established in 1983, and has trained more than 75,000 individuals at Level 1 in that period. In recent years, the NACE CIP program has become far and away the most successful course of its kind, not just for coating inspectors, but for others to whom quality of painting work is a concern. All participants must start at NACE CIP Level 1, with most electing to then go on to CIP Level 2, and some to Level 3.

Here are the proposed UK course dates and venues for the period from May to December 2021:

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some courses have already been postponed. We are hopeful that the courses listed here will proceed, with adequate precautions taken to protect instructors and students. Specific details will be provided prior to attendance at the course

CIP Level 1

November 8 to 12, 2021 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne (FULLY BOOKED)

November 22 to 26 , 2021 - Aberdeen

CIP Level 2

November 29 to December 3, 2021 – Aberdeen (CANCELLED)

CIP Level 3

On hold 'til further notice - Newcastle upon Tyne

Examinations held at the end of each course are practical examinations only. Theory Examinations (i.e. written examinations) are in Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format, and are held at independent test centres operated by a company called 'Pearson-Vue'. Further details of this test methodology can be found at the NACE Institute website, Further information can also be found on our CIP Examination page.

The course fee includes the provision of course manuals and other paperwork, examinations at the end of each course and – if successful – the certification documentation. It also includes teas, coffee and snacks throughout the course, and lunch Monday to Friday (not included on examination day). Please note that all candidates that have taken a previous CIP course within the previous 12 months qualify for membership rates.

Prices may be changed without notice. Operation of all courses is subject to confirmation up to 30 days prior to the course. Full up-to-date listings of NACE CIP courses can be found at under the heading ‘education’.

Places on courses are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be reserved unless a registration form is submitted and received.

If you have any questions, about the NACE CIP, such as the syllabus or timing of the course, you can find information at If there are any specific questions to which you need an answer, please let us know and we’ll do our best to help.