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ICorr Examinations

Examination booking

Contact our team to book your ICorr examinations.
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Examinations available

  • Protective Coatings Inspector Levels 1, 2 and 3
  • Pipeline Coatings Inspector Level 2
  • Hot Dip Galvanizing Inspector
  • Insulation Inspector Level 2
  • Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Coatings Inspector (Epoxy) Level 2 and 3

Levels of qualification

Level 1

Level 1 personnel are qualified to;

  • carry out operations according to written instructions and have demonstrated competence to set up specific equipment
  • carry out tests and perform inspections against written criteria; record and classify the results of tests and inspections against written criteria and report the results.

Level 1 personnel have not demonstrated competence in selecting the extent of inspection or testing required, appropriate inspection or test methods to be used, nor for the interpretation of specific requirements.

Level 2

Level 2 personnel are qualified to; 

  • perform and direct inspection or testing operations according to established or recognised procedures and they have demonstrated competence to choose the extent of inspection or testing to be used (where agreed procedures allow)
  • choose the inspection and test methods to be used (where agreed procedures allow)
  • set up and calibrate inspection or test equipment
  • perform and supervise inspection or testing tasks
  • interpret and evaluate results according to applicable normative documents
  • define the limitations of application for common test methods
  • understand and transform normative document requirements into practical instructions adapted to the actual working conditions
  • prepare written test instructions and organise and report the results of inspections or tests.

Level 3

Level 3 personnel are qualified to;

  • direct any inspection or test operation for which they are certificated
  • assume full responsibility for an inspection or test facility and staff
  • establish and/or validate work instructions or procedures
  • interpret normative documents and designate the extent of inspection and the particular test methods and procedures to be used.

Rules and syllabi

The requirements for experience, training and examinations etc. are documented in ICORR REQ DOC – Requirements for the Certification of Personnel Engaged in Painting and Coating Inspection, Cathodic Protection and related fields. The appendices to this document are available separately and contain the syllabus for both training and examinations.


All examinations consist of a general, specific and practical component/s. The general and specific component/s consist of both multiple-choice and essay type questions. Examination duration is normally less than 1 day. 

Certification is valid for 5 years, although attendance of a 1 day Review and Update course prior to certification expiry will extend the certification for a further 5 years – the maximum examination interval is 10 years. 

As an alternative, and subject to the same requirements, personnel based overseas or unable to attend the ICorr Test Centre may take the Distant Recertification option by taking an ‘open book’ examination by correspondence.

Certain concessions are available for individuals currently approved or certificated under existing schemes (this does not affect their existing approval).


It should be pointed out that candidates will find great difficulty in coping with the Level 2 and Level 3 Painting Inspector course and the Level 2 Cathodic Protection Technician courses unless they possess a good knowledge of Level 1 information – please refer to ICORR REQ DOC Appendices.