FARNHAM, England — Corrodere Academy announced a "Coating Surveys" course that is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry — approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) — and Lloyd’s Register.

Experienced personnel who can make sound judgment on the condition of an existing coating and develop information that can be used to make effective decisions on the management of the coatings should conduct coating surveys. There are various types of coating surveys conducted throughout the industry ranging from the basic walk-through visual inspection to the comprehensive coating survey necessary in the investigation of a coating failure.

Brendan Fitzsimons and Trevor Parry - two leading figures in protective coatings who have expertise and professional standards in protective coatings and corrosion control — have written the training course.

Fitzsimons 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. He is also a Fellow Member of the Institute of Corrosion and a Chartered Scientist.

Parry 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.

Students can achieve full certification and qualifications as a professional coating surveyor, which will drive consistency in coating surveys and professional standards in the coatings industry. Asset owners will be able to accurately plan and forecast for future works. The course will also assist with paint guarantees, warranties and disputes.

There are two levels of entry on the coating surveys course:

  • Level 1 – Certificate of Completion: For this course, no formal qualifications within the coatings industry are required. Study time is 24 hours over a 12-month period. Successful completion of online assessments is required; there is no final exam.
  • Level 2 – Certification: Candidates must meet the following criteria: Qualified Coatings Inspector (ICorr level 2, NACE level 2, SSPC Level 2, FROSIO level 2); paint chemist with field experience; coating Engineer with field experience; coating surveyors who do not possess formal coating inspection qualifications but can demonstrate a minimum of five years experience as a coating surveyor (two employer references will be required). Study time for this course is24 hours over a 12-month period. Successful completion of online assessment and final exam is required. The exam is multiple choice with a pass rate of 70%.

Each applicant will receive a copy of Fitz’s Atlas of Coating Surveys, which provides thorough practical guidance for consistent protective coating assessments and visual evaluations. The comprehensive guide is designed to assist engineers, surveyors, inspectors and asset owners to make the correct decisions on corrosion protection and coating maintenance programs, including the production of detailed coatings reports.

Visit www.corrodere.com to apply.