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Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Coating Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 – Online

Accredited by the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), this course is uniquely assembled via our online learning platform.

Content is a Level 2 standard that is designed to train and assess candidates on the inspection of modern types of Passive Fire Protection as found on hydrocarbon installations for both on and offshore facilities. This will include structural members, decks and  bulkheads and storage or process tanks and associated pipework.

This course assumes all candidates hold an ICorr Painting or Protective Coating Inspector approval (any level) and therefore have some knowledge of inspection philosophy, surface preparation, anti-corrosion coatings and how to use common inspection instruments.

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Developed by industry specialists, the content is segmented into 8 modules. With interactive elements and end-of-module assessments, the course accommodates various learning styles, fostering knowledge retention and effectively preparing you for the ICorr PFP Coatings Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 examination.

Key topics covered include: 

  • Introduction: Fire and Types of Fire, Explosion Hazards, Fire Mitigation, why use PFP 
  • Introduction to PFP: Types of PFP coatings, Epoxy, Cementitious, Dry Fit, Duplex 
  • PFP of Steel Structures: Open section, Closed Section, Coatback Areas, Divisions, Process Vessels, Storage Vessels, Decks and Bulkheads 
  • Classification Society Type Approvals: Main Society Approvals, Fire Test Curves, Other Types of Approval 
  • PFP Materials and Systems: Product Development, Testing, Approval 
  • Overview of Epoxy Degradation Mechanisms: Pre-fire Durability, Survivability in a Fire 
  • Epoxy PFP Product Manufacturer Manual: Contents, Application Characteristics, Updates 
  • Examples of PFP Application Defects: What to look for, Contamination Effects, Other Issues 
  • Inspection Equipment: Calibration, Adjustment and Verification 
  • Reporting and Record Keeping: Manual and digital reports 
  • Health and Safety: Work Practices and Procedures, CDM, Method Statements, COSHH, etc. 
  • Role of the PFP Coating Inspector 
  • Pre-job Meeting: Specification, Inspection Plan, Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, and Informed (RACI) Chart, Load List, Level of Testing 
  • Before Going on Site: Safety Data Sheets, Technical Data Sheets, Health & Safety Data Sheets, Risk Assessments, Manufacture’s Cards, Site Specific H&S, Authorisations 
  • Personal Protective Equipment 
  • On-site Tasks: Relationships – supervision & work team, Test & Inspection Equipment Checks, PFP Material Storage Checks,  
  • Monitoring Work: Surface Preparation, Primer Coat, PFP Coat – mixing process, Daily Report, PFP Post-cure Inspection, Final Inspection 
  • Examination: General, Specific and Practical exams (150 multiple-choice questions) 


(Note: Mechanically fixed methods are not covered.) 

Online modules:

Product Knowledge & Health and Safety

  1. Introduction to PFP
  2. Epoxy PFP
  3. Equipment
  4. Health & Safety

Inspector Role

  1. Before going on site
  2. On site
  3. Monitoring Work
  4. Inspection & Report


Why learn online?

  • Our user-friendly online platform enables you to complete this course from anywhere in the world
  • Learn in your own time, at your own pace
  • View course content as many times as you like prior to examination
  • Access to all training materials on the platform for up to 6 months.
  • Less time out of work
  • Save on accommodation costs
  • Save on transport costs

Candidates are required to:

1. Have a knowledge of inspection philosophy, surface preparation, anti-corrosion coatings and how to use common inspection instruments.  

2. Hold an ICorr Protective Coatings Inspector (or equivalent) certificate and ideally hold a minimum of 12 months’ coatings related experience. 

3. Submit their CV to ensure they have the required pre-requisite qualifications and experience. 

4. Seek advice if hold less than 12 months’ coatings experience as they may still undertake the course and become certified once relevant experience has been obtained. 

The course is accredited by the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr). On successful completion of the course and relevant coatings related experience, candidates will gain a Level 2 certificate for Level 2 Passive Fire Protection (Epoxy) Inspector.

The certificate is valid for 5 years and can be renewed online prior to expiry.

Total: £650

(excl. VAT)


Specialist Inspector Bundle – Online 

Book two of the following courses and receive £260 off the total price:


Follow the steps below to book onto our online Insulation Inspector Level 2 course.



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Ensure you submit all relevant documentation outlined on the application form to facilitate a speedy process!


Enquiry review

Your enquiry will be reviewed and a member of our team will be in touch. Payment information will be sent once full eligibility criteria has been met.

Upon receipt of payment, your booking will be processed, and login details will be sent via email to gain access to our online platform.


Online platform access

Access our online platform anytime, anyplace*, for up to 6 months. Learn the training material at your

* Note: Access requires a good internet connection.



Once you have completed the training material, contact the team to book your remote examination. We are flexible with exam availability and do our best to work around you.

The examination is conducted remotely and comprises of multiple choice questions across 3 papers. It typically takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including rest breaks.

The examination is marked instantly.



On successful completion of your examination, your result will be processed and submitted to the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr).

ICorr will issue your certificate and wallet card, which will be valid for five years. This will be sent to you directly from ICorr.

Please note that certificates can take up to 10 weeks to arrive.