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AMPP certification

At The Coating Inspector (TCI), we are proud to offer our clients the expertise of AMPP-certified inspectors, formerly known as NACE. Our team is trained and certified under the Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), which has emerged as the leading authority in corrosion control and protective coatings inspection through the integration of the NACE Coatings Inspector Program (CIP) and the SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program. This consolidated certification ensures that our inspectors are equipped with the highest level of knowledge and practical experience in the field, ready to tackle any project with precision and expertise.

What is AMPP?

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), is a professional association focused on the protection of assets and performance of materials. AMPP was created when NACE International and SSPC the Society for Protective Coatings merged in 2021. AMPP is active in more than 130 countries and has more than 40,000 members. AMPP is headquartered in the U.S. with offices in Houston, Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additional offices are located in the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia with a training center in Dubai.

Both the legacy NACE and SSPC organizations were ANSI-accredited standards developers, which AMPP plans to continue. The merged standards program includes 25 standing standards committees that develop technical standards for industries including cathodic protection, coatings, defense, highways and bridges, rail, maritime, oil and gas, power and utilities, research and testing, tanks and pipelines, and water and wastewater.

AMPP Mission and Vision

Mission: Advancing materials performance to protect society, assets, and the environment.

Vision: A world built and protected with safe, reliable, sustainable materials.

AMPP certified inspectors

Our AMPP-certified inspectors specialize in a comprehensive range of services, designed to meet the varied needs of our clients. Whether your project involves pipelines, storage tanks, key infrastructure, or any other assets, our team has the skills and expertise to ensure the highest standards of protection and performance. Our services encompass basic coating inspections using non-destructive techniques and instrumentation, advanced inspection techniques for both steel and non-steel substrates including concrete, and specialized certifications for handling complex and critical projects like linings in aggressive environments or assets with high consequences of failure.

Understanding the critical role of proper coating application and maintenance in safeguarding assets, we emphasize the importance of hiring AMPP-certified inspectors. Our team not only carries the technical knowledge and practical experience mandated by the AMPP standards but also adheres to recommended supervision guidelines to ensure every project is executed with the utmost care and professionalism. Depending on the complexity and risk level of the project, our inspectors are deployed with appropriate levels of supervision, ensuring compliance with both AMPP guidelines and the specific requirements of our clients.

Leveraging the legacy of NACE and SSPC; AMPP’s certification programs are now unified under a comprehensive framework that sets new standards for coating inspection and protective coating application across a variety of industries. This integration ensures that all AMPP-certified inspectors, including those at TCI, are equipped with an unparalleled depth of knowledge, aligning with the latest methodologies and technologies in corrosion prevention and coating protection.

Why Choose AMPP Certified Inspectors?

  1. Expertise Across Industries: Our inspectors are proficient in addressing the unique challenges presented by different sectors, including oil and gas, marine, infrastructure, and more. This versatility ensures that regardless of the project’s nature, our team is prepared with the right solutions to protect your assets against corrosion and degradation​.

  2. Adherence to Global Standards: By adhering to AMPP’s globally recognized standards, our inspectors ensure that every project meets international quality and safety benchmarks. This global standardization guarantees that your projects are not only compliant with the current regulations but are also prepared to withstand future challenges in materials protection and performance​.

  3. Comprehensive Service Offerings: From basic surface preparation and coating application to advanced inspection techniques and failure analysis, our AMPP-certified team covers every aspect of coating inspection. Specialized services also include pipeline coating inspection, fireproofing inspection, and corrosion under insulation inspection, among others, catering to specific project needs with precision and care​.

  4. Professional Development and Continuous Learning: AMPP’s commitment to continuous education ensures that our inspectors remain at the forefront of the industry. Through ongoing training and re-certification, our team stays updated with the latest innovations and best practices in coating inspection and corrosion prevention​.

For projects demanding the highest standards of inspection and protective coating application, our AMPP-certified inspectors ensure that your assets are in expert hands. Our team is ready to assess your needs, provide detailed consultations, and deliver tailored solutions that align with the rigorous standards set by AMPP.

why AMPP is considered such an advantage:

AMPP strives to achieve a safer, protected, and sustainable world through member and workforce education, technological innovation, and global standardization.

Assurance of Quality: Knowing that a professional holds an AMPP certification gives confidence in their expertise and the quality of work they will deliver. This certification is a mark of excellence in materials protection and performance, indicating that they adhere to the highest industry standards.

Reliability and Professionalism: AMPP-certified professionals have proven their knowledge and skills through a rigorous certification process. This reassures that projects are in capable hands and that the professionals are committed to their field, ensuring reliability and professionalism in their work.

Access to Cutting-Edge Solutions: Certified professionals are required to stay updated with the latest developments, technologies, and best practices in their industry. This means they can offer the most effective and innovative solutions for your needs, contributing to better project outcomes.

Enhanced Project Outcomes: With their specialized knowledge and commitment to ongoing education, AMPP-certified professionals are likely to enhance the quality, efficiency, and performance of the projects they work on. This directly benefits the customer, leading to more successful and satisfying outcomes.

Risk Mitigation: Working with someone who is AMPP-certified helps mitigate risks associated with non-compliance, inferior work quality, and project delays. Their understanding of industry standards, regulations, and best practices ensures that projects meet all necessary criteria and are completed to a high standard.

Value for Investment: The expertise of AMPP-certified professionals can translate into cost savings and enhanced value over the life of a project. Their ability to choose the right materials and apply the best techniques can reduce maintenance costs, extend the lifespan of structures or equipment, and optimize performance.

Networking and Resources: AMPP-certified professionals are part of a broader community of experts, which can be beneficial for customers needing specialized services or consultations. This network ensures that they have access to a wealth of knowledge and resources, further enhancing the value they provide to their clients.

Association for Materials Protection
and Performance

Combines 145 years of NACE and SSPC’s corrosion control and protective coatings expertise, resources, and member services
• Single point for industry’s leading certification programs
• Built to serve global membership
• Expanded membership brings opportunities for more collaborative efforts and advocacy influence

Specialized Services Offered at TCI

  1. Pipeline Coating Inspection: Critical for the oil and gas industry, our inspectors ensure the integrity and protection of pipelines, minimizing the risk of leaks and environmental harm. This service is vital for maintaining operational efficiency and compliance with environmental regulations.

  2. Fireproofing Inspection: To enhance the safety of structures in the event of a fire, our inspectors evaluate the application and effectiveness of fireproofing materials, ensuring they meet the stringent standards required to protect assets and save lives.

  3. Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Inspection: CUI is a major challenge for industries, leading to unexpected downtimes and safety hazards. Our team specializes in detecting and mitigating corrosion under insulation, employing advanced techniques to protect your assets.

  4. Marine Coating Inspection: The marine environment poses unique challenges due to its corrosive nature. Our inspectors are skilled in assessing and recommending protective coatings to extend the lifespan of ships and marine structures, ensuring they withstand harsh conditions.

  5. Nuclear Coating Inspection: Given the critical nature of nuclear facilities, our inspectors provide specialized services to ensure that coatings meet the highest standards of safety and performance, mitigating the risk of radiation exposure and environmental contamination.

Impact on Project Outcomes

  • Enhanced Durability and Longevity: By adhering to AMPP standards, our inspectors ensure that coatings and materials used in your projects are of the highest quality, significantly enhancing the durability and longevity of assets.
  • Cost Efficiency: Proper protection of assets leads to reduced maintenance costs and extended service life, translating into considerable cost savings over time.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Our inspectors stay abreast of the latest regulations and standards, ensuring that your projects remain compliant, thereby avoiding potential fines and legal issues.
  • Safety and Environmental Protection: Through meticulous inspection and adherence to AMPP guidelines, we contribute to safer work environments and reduced environmental impact, aligning with global sustainability goals.


Our process

our coating inspection process

We have a tried and true methodology for assessing and prevention corrosion through our ISO-standardized and client-customized workflow.



A maintenance survey determines the coating conditions of a surface. Surveys are used to create a maintenance schedule for re-coating and touch-up applications.



The Coating Inspector performs testing for a wide range of coating applications. We test for conformity, compatibility, performance, coat thickness, hardness, adhesion, and finishes.



Once testing has been completed, we provide our detailed recommendations in a report. This ensures that all aspects of the survey are considered and addressed.


Coating Specifications

All jobs are conducted according to industry standards: NACE/AMPP, ISO 9001:2015 and CSA/SSPC in Canada, ASTM and ISO for international clients.


our team

The Coating Inspector works with contractors, owners, and engineers. We are a third party unbiased leader in the provision of professional coating inspection services.


blasting & painting

The Coating Inspector provides supervision and project management in the sandblasting, painting and coatings industry.

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Our Services

Surface inspection company

We check industrial equipment to ensure protective coatings were correctly applied to minimize corrosion risk. Our inspectors go through rigorous training to identify problems in coating applications. They can make recommendations for which types of coatings can best protect the materials from corroding.

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A coatings survey provides a sense of how a coating is currently performing and identifies any problems that need to be addressed immediately. The survey provides the next steps to be undertaken. Surveys are a necessary part of an ongoing maintenance plan and should be performed on a regular basis.

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This is the qualitative test of the adhesion coating system. This test will only give allow to ensure there is an adequate bond to the coated substrate. This test does not differentiate between levels of bonding. Adhesion testing is used to evaluate the adhesion to the substrate, in between coats, and internal film.

Coating inspection services

To determine the quality of the protective coating our inspector will measure dry film thickness or DFT. Considered one of the most important tests an inspector can make. DFT test serves as a foundation for the entire coating inspection,.

Coating inspection services

We create custom maintenance programs that identify areas to be surveyed, the level of detail required, and manpower that will be required to execute. We determine the data that will be taken and format to be used to ensure consistent judging criteria.

Surface inspection company

The Coating Inspector can conduct a non-destructive High Voltage Holiday Testing to find any voids and failures. This is possible due to electrical charge that flows through protective coating. Invest in hiring one of the top-rated AMPP  inspectors in the world. 

AMPP-certified inspectors

By choosing TCI and our team of AMPP-certified inspectors, you’re choosing a partner dedicated to protecting your assets through superior knowledge, expertise, and a commitment to excellence in the field of coating inspection and corrosion prevention. Explore how our services can support your project’s success by reaching out for a consultation. Our team is ready to address your needs with the highest level of professionalism and technical proficiency.

why us

Hire the Right Coating Inspector in Canada

Do you have existing corrosion, or are looking to prevent costly equipment failure? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to get a consultation.

The Coating Inspector is ISO certified, something few competitors can offer. We also have extensive reviews, decades of combined experience and the most highly trained coating inspectors in the industry.

What is an ISO Certification?

“Certification to ISO 45001 demonstrates an organisations commitment to a safer working environment and the protection of employees against injury at work.

ISO 45001 certified organisations have identified and operate to regulatory requirements through enforcing procedures for compliance with legislation. Improved identification of hazards and risk management, involving all levels of the organisation through setting objectives, targets and documented responsibilities are recognised by regulators as a commitment to safe working conditions and continuous improvement.”

Source: https://www.qas-international….

QAS ISO certifies strict compliance procedures to legislative and standard compliances.

We have been certified in continuous improvement and service to our compliance.

We are commited to impeccable client service & employee safety.


The AMPP (Formerly know as The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE)) is a globally recognized certification body to certify and train corrosion engineers.

With over 36,000 members globally, it is the most recognized trade association of corrosion inspectors to ensure industry standards in the coating inspection industry.

Established in 1943, it serves to train corrosion inspectors, enforce industry standards, certify engineers, publish and research corrosion inspection techniques and journals, as well as provide a standardized approach to corrosion inspection and prevention.

NACE “equips society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.”

Every project, business and industrial assets are unique. Depending on the scope of work, location and amount of inspectors or work hours required for your project, the cost can vary. 

However, The Coating Inspector is committed to saving your business time, money and assets. The cost of equipment breakdown, shutdown or repair delays can cost your business far more resources than preventative maintenance, work and inspection.

Call, email or contact us via the form below with a bit more of information about your business. From there we’ll consult with you regarding your unique corrosion prevention requirements. 

From there we’ll provide you a comprehensive quote and scope of work, and then begin working together with you to keep your facility and equipment in top working area.

Primarily all across Canada and globally (depending on the project).