Frequently Asked Questions

General Website FAQs

Why is training in the coatings industry important?
The Coatings Industry is calling for clear industry approved standards that help to ensure higher quality coating installations. It is the consistent application of these standards that is key and it begins with training. The Corrodere Academy has responded to this need with a commitment to leading the way in improved protective coatings training.

Proven documentation of a competent workforce gives organisations a technical edge when applying for registration on approved contractor lists and quoting for contracts; minimise technical, safety and quality control issues on site.
Why train online?
Online training gives you the flexibility and convenience to learn from home, work or on the road. You decide when and where. Online training enables you to start a new course in just a few clicks and employers can save on travel costs and training expenses.

What’s more, studies show that engaging, interactive, online training can increase learner retention to greater than 70% and the immediacy of online training means that all courses are up to date, ensuring accuracy and relevancy for each trainee.
What organisations accredit or endorse the courses from the Corrodere Academy?
Our list of accreditations will provide you with the reassurance that all of our courses are comprehensively reviewed to the highest standards by professional organisations and regulatory bodies within the coating and corrosion control industry.

The Institute of Corrosion (ICorr); Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC); Lloyd’s Register; Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS); The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA); The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS); DNV-GL; Building Research Establishment (BRE); The Thermal Spraying and Surface Engineering Association (TSSEA); The Water Jetting Association (WJA).
How can I verify that an applicant has a qualification from the Corrodere Academy?
You can click on ‘Student ID Verification' in the header of the website to verify a student's qualifications.
What are the training course cancellation policies?
Please see our cancellation policy.
Does the Corrodere Academy have any Government Funding / Discounts or scholarship programmes?
Yes. Please email with details of your enquiry. We will respond within 48 hours.
How do I access my test results?
Train the Painter students and those studying our Special Coating Courses can check the progress of their course and their results by clicking on the relevant course portal from the home page header. Students of Train the Inspector courses should contact
How can I retake an exam or secure an extension on my course?
Extensions are available for some of our Coating Inspection Courses and you can apply to re-take an exam. Fees apply for re-takes and extensions. Please contact for further information and application.
What is the duration of the courses?
The duration of study varies depending on the course. Please see individual course pages in the course directory for further information.
What is the cost of the courses?
The cost of each course varies depending on the level and complexity. Please see individual course pages in the course directory for further information.
I applied/enrolled and haven’t heard anything – who can I contact?
Please contact the Corrodere Academy on +44 1252 732236 or and we will be happy to help.

Train the Painter FAQs

What organisations specify Train the painter?
Highways England; Network Rail; Ministry of Defence; NORSOK M-501; US Navy; Saudi Aramco; EDF Energy; BNFL; Conoco Phillips; Shell; Total; BP.
How do I apply to study for a Train the painter qualification?
There are two routes to study for a Train the painter Qualification:
(i) with an Affiliate Training Provider
(ii) with a Global Registered Company
What is an Affiliate Training Provider?
Affiliate Training Providers deliver the Train the painter programme to internal staff and external customers in a specific country. Find an Affiliate Training Provider near you.
What is a Global Registered Company?
Registered Companies deliver the Train the painter Programme to internal staff only in their country. See a list of Global Registered Companies.
Can I study online?
All of our courses are currently (February 2021) available to study online. Please see the course directory for further information.
Do I have to attend a classroom?
The Train the Painter programme is delivered in the classroom and online. Please contact your Training Provider for more information.
What languages are the courses available in?
The courses are available in 12 languages and can be accessed globally.
Is there practical application/demonstration of the course content?
A number of the courses have practical application workshops or on-site demonstration. Please see the individual course pages for further information.
How can I find out if my employer is a Global Registered Company?
How much does membership cost?
Please see the fee schedule for more information on membership costs for Affiliate Training Providers and Global Registered Companies. For course fees please contact an Affiliate Training Provider for more information.
What is Train the Trainer?
The Train the painter applicator programme must be delivered by an Approved Trainer employed by a Registered Company or Affiliate Training Provider. The Trainer must have completed our scheduled Train the painter 2-day trainer course – Train The Trainer - and ensure they have suitable facilities for both theoretical and practical training in place.
What are the prerequisites for Train the Trainer?
The Trainer must have a Level 2 coating inspection certificate or 5 years Coating Applicator, Supervisor, Manager or Inspector experience.
How do I access the course content?
The student portal for all of our courses can be access through the link on the header navigation of the website.
How do Affiliate Training Providers access the marketing materials for the courses?
What are the minimum entry requirements for Train the painter?
If the operative has less than 1600 hours of on-site experience an Orange Trainee CSCS card will be issued. Where the operative has more than 1600 hours of experience a Bronze CSCS card will be issued.
Why do I need a CSCS card?
CSCS is the leading skills certification scheme within the UK construction industry. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. The Scheme keeps a database of people working in construction who have achieved or are committed to achieving a recognised construction related qualification.
Which CSCS card do I need?
Please see the CSCS website for all the CSCS card available.
How do I get my CSCS card?
Attend a Train the painter or Train the inspector course. On successful completion of the course you will be issued with your qualification and a Blue Skilled Worker CSCS card.
How do I replace a lost or stolen card?
Please contact at the Corrodere Academy and she will replace your CSCS card for £50.
How many years is my CSCS card valid for?
5 Years
How do I renew my CSCS card?
Your card will be renewed after 5 years after completing the online refresher course
Can I apply for a temporary CSCS card?
Yes. You can apply for a temporary CSCS card if you can show evidence that you are enrolled onto a suitable course within 6 months of applying for this card. The temporary card is non-renewable.
Is my CSCS (CRO Card) still valid?
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has withdrawn the Construction Related Occupation (CRO) card.
What does this mean?
• CSCS stopped issuing CRO cards from 31st March 2017
• CRO cards issued since 1st October 2015 will expire on 30th September 2017*
CRO cardholders must take further steps to replace their CRO cards before they expire. If you are a coating inspector requiring an alternative to your CRO card please contact the Corrodere team for your options.
Is Train the Painter the same as ICATS?
The Corrodere Academy is the home of Train the Painter - the world’s leading, industry-recognised and fully accredited Industrial Applicator Training Programme. Our globally accredited training programmes have been written and developed by industry experts and our sole aim is to raise standards throughout the industry worldwide and help our students LEARN, DEVELOP and SUCCEED.

Coating Inspection Courses FAQs

Can I study a coating inspection course if I have no on-site experience?
Yes – all of our supplementary courses (Fire Proofing Inspector, Insulation Inspector, Pipeline coating inspector, Hot Dip Galvanising Inspector, Thermal Metal Spraying Inspector, Marine Coatings Inspector) have 2 levels – Level 1 is intended for those with no on-site experience. See the course pages for further information.
Are multiple course packages or discounts available?
Discounts are available for bookings of 2-5 courses. The Multiple Course Packages page has further information, or contact
What are the minimum entry level requirements for Coating Inspection courses?
The entry level Coating Inspection course is the ICorr Coating Inspector – Level 1. To enrol on this course, you need to provide proof that you have 12-months of coating or painting industry experience.
How do I access the course content?
The student portal for all of our courses can be accessed through the link on the header navigation of the website.

Coating Inspection Final assessment FAQs

Do I have to complete the online training programme before attending the final exam?
Yes. Students must complete the online training and pass all the end of unit multiple choice tests with 100% before attending the final exam.
How do I book onto the final assessment?
You will be sent an instruction email on completion of the online training. For ICorr assessments you will need to go to our website for exam dates (which you will find under the calendar) and then contact Caroline Shaw at to reserve a place on the chosen date.
Does the Corrodere Academy offer any revision guides or tips?
Yes. There is an assessment guideline document that will be sent to students when they book their final exam, along with example questions. We cannot supply past papers.
How does the online practical workshop work?
The online practical workshop is delivered through Zoom. All students log in for the day and the Lead Trainer will demonstrate the use of the inspection equipment from his training room.
What does the practical assessment consist of?
The Practical examination asks the student to demonstrate competence in using basic inspection equipment. The candidate will be required to show an understanding of how and where such equipment would be used by the paint inspector (60 mins duration).
Are the final assessments in the classroom only?
No. Students can also take their final exam online using a record and review programme called Questionmark.
How do I know if I have the right equipment for the online tests?
Students must use a PC/laptop with a working webcam and microphone and have a strong reliable internet connection (must be good enough to allow the viewing of HD videos without interruption).
Can I use a dictionary or Google translate?
No. There is a spell check facility on the online assessment programme.
Is the online exam close book or open book?
All exams are closed book exams.
How many words do I have to write for the essays and do spelling mistakes count against my final result?
Written answers should be concise but and answer the questions clearly, giving as much detail as possible. Bullet pointing your answers is fine. There is not a word count limiting the number of words required to answer the question. Spelling mistakes do not count against your final mark.
I qualify for additional learning support, am I entitled to additional time?
Yes. You will be entitled to 20% of additional time.
Can I take a notebook in?
Can I take a calculator in?
No, there is a calculator provided on screen via Questionmark.
When do I get my results?
It takes up to 28 working days for your exam paper to be marked then you will be notified by email with your exam results.
What happens if I fail?
You are able to apply to resit the exam papers you failed. There is an exam resit fee due. Exams must be retaken within 90 days.
1-2 papers - £150
3-4 papers - £275
When will I get my certificate/ID card?
Your Certificate and ID card will be sent to you within 8 weeks of you passing the final exam.
What happens if I need to change my final exam date?
There is a cancellation fee due. Classroom cancellation / non-attendance fees:
15 to 29 days - £150.00 +VAT
14 days and under - £275.00 +VAT
There is an admin fee for online assessment rescheduling. This applies to assessments attempted with insufficient technical requirements and/or unstable internet connection - £50.00 +VAT
How do I enrol on an assessment?
To book onto an assessment, please visit the relevant course page or the events page, to check availability, and contact
Do assessments cost extra?
The cost of an assessment is including in the overall course fees. See individual course pages for further information, and contact

Specialist Coating Courses FAQs

What prerequisites do I need to have before enrolling on a Specialist Coating Course with the Corrodere Academy?
There are no prerequisites when enrolling on the Corrosion Management course. However, many of the other Specialist Coating courses require extensive industry experience or qualification to Inspector level. Please see individual course pages for further information.
How do I access the course content?
The student portal for all of our courses can be accessed through the link on the header navigation of the website.
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