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

Special note

It has been agreed by PDTC (ICorr) to add an experience assessment to all ICorr certifications for personnel engaged in painting and coating inspection. If certification is required, candidates must as a minimum have held ICorr Painting Inspector Level 1 or Coating Inspector Level 1 for a period of two years. It is possible to transition across from other certification schemes here. If a suitable qualification is not held, then dispensation to gain certification may be given if an individual has 5 years’ experience relating to painting or coating inspection.

Accredited by the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr), this Level 2 course 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 ICorr Painting or Protective Coating Inspector certification (or equivalent) and therefore have a knowledge of inspection philosophy, surface preparation, anti-corrosion coatings and how to use common inspection instruments.

The Level 2 course content covers:

  • 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.) 

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.

UK Course Costings

Training: £525
Examination: £435
Total: £960 (Excl. VAT)