Coating Surveys course

Course overview

Are you ready to take your coating expertise to the next level? Enrol on our online course today and become the standout leader in the field.

With this Coating Surveys course, you’ll journey from understanding the essentials such as the European Scale of Rusting and Estimation of Percentages to mastering advanced techniques such as Dry Film Thickness Surveys and Adhesion Testing. Our modules span from Marine Fouling to the nuances of Paint Chemistry.

This globally recognised qualification, endorsed by ICorr and accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and Lloyd’s Register, is not just an education but a method for you to pave a successful career path.

Authored by industry experts, the course promises a transformative learning experience for those keen to shine in the world of Coating Surveying.

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Course content

  • Coating Surveys
  • Estimation of Percentages
  • European Scale of Degree of Rusting of Anticorrosive Paints
  • Common Defects
  • Marine Fouling
  • Dry Film Thickness Surveys
  • Passive Fire Protection
  • Adhesion Testing
  • Holiday Detection
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Standard Test Methods, Field Tests and Laboratory Analysis
  • Photography, Documentation and Reporting
  • Paint Testing, Paint Constituents and Paint Chemistry

Study time

24 hours of online study over a 12-month period, followed by a 90-minute monitored multiple choice final exam

Course fee

£795 + VAT (if applicable) + £75 online assessment fee


Certificate of Achievement in Coating Surveys
Accredited by Lloyd’s Register and the Royal Society of Chemistry
Endorsed by ICorr.
Full certification valid for 5 years.

Career prospects

  • You can train and qualify in your own time online anywhere in the world.
  • This course is approved by the Royal Society of Chemistry for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Client confidence will increase as you learn to conduct and report in-depth coating surveys consistently which in turn:
    • Help asset owners accurately target and plan funding for future works
    • Assist with paint guarantees, warranties and disputes

Entry criteria

Candidates must meet ONE of the following criteria;
- Qualified Coatings Inspector (ICorr level 2, NACE level 2, SSPC Level 2, FROSIO level 2)
- ICorr Coatings Inspector Level 1 with at least 5 years coating inspection experience
- Paint Chemist with field experience
- Coating Engineer with field experience
- Coating Surveyors that can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years experience as a Coating Surveyor.
Author information
Brendan Fitzsimons
Brendan is the author of Fitz’s Atlas and Fitz‘s Atlas 2. He is a NACE Corrosion Specialist, Protective Coatings Specialist and a NACE Coating Inspector and Peer Reviewer. Brendan is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Corrosion, a Chartered Scientist and has a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering.
Trevor Parry
Trevor is a UK expert to ISO committees and has been an expert witness in High Court, Arbitration and Mediation cases on the subject of paint coatings. He has presented and published several papers is a Chartered Chemist, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a professional member of the Institute of Corrosion and a member of NACE.
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