NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
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5 days
1,495 USD + tax
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Course description

NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)

The NBPI course is a five-day inspection course developed by Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to train coatings inspectors to inspect critical coated areas as defined by US Navy policy documents. These areas include (but are not limited to): cofferdams, decks for aviation and UNREP, chain lockers, underwater hull, bilges, tanks, voids, well deck overheads and others.

This course is valuable in its provision of technical and practical fundamentals for coating inspection work for any steel structure projects other than ships.

Course Content

  • Corrosion
  • Corrosion Control
  • Inspection of Corrosion
  • NAVSEA Documents
  • Chemical or Detergent Cleaning Methods
  • Mechanical Cleaning Methods
  • Abrasive Blast Cleaning
  • Waterjetting and Alternative Surface Preparation Methods
  • Surface Preparation Method Selection
  • Coatings
  • Safety
  • Coating Application
  • Coating Defects and Failures
  • Specialty Coatings and Surfaces
  • Coating Inspector Preparation
  • Condition Assessment
  • Coatings Inspection Instrument Exercises and Workshops

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of corrosion
  • Describe methods of corrosion control
  • Demonstrate the use of environmental tests and coating inspection instruments
  • Identify Navy single and multiple part paints
  • Explain the different causes of coating failures or defects
  • Create a coating inspector’s inspection plan and log book
  • Check the shelf life and condition of paint in the can
  • Document that abrasive blasting, environmental conditions, paint procedures meet NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32, Chapter 631 and, when applicable the manufacturer’s guidelines
  • Conduct post-blasting/post-surface prep inspection including condition of surface, profile, residual soluble salts and readiness to paint
  • Recognize hazardous areas related to paint and coatings and their applications
  • Utilize procedures for doing condition assessment

Who should attend?

The course is primarily designed for people and organizations that are involved in painting work on Navy ships. However, the comprehensive nature of this course makes it an ideal tool for anyone who desires basic certification in paint inspection. The NBPI compares favorably with other inspector certification courses that are available in the coatings industry.

Training Content

Course Format

The first four days are devoted to classroom lecture and extensive hands-on training. On the fifth day, the NBPI Course Exams are given.

The exams consist of three parts:

  1. Multiple Choice Course Exam
  2. Practical Exam (using inspection instruments)
  3. NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32 multiple-choice exam


Member $1,295, Non-Member $1,495

NBPI Recertification Fees:
$250.00 NBPI Online Recertification at Member Rate
$450.00 NBPI Online Recertification at Non-Member Rate
$450.00 NBPI Recertification Exam Package (hard copy) mailed

Written Exam Retake Fee:$100 member; $200 non-member
Inspection Plan Exam Retake Fee:$100 member; $200 non-member
Practial Exam Retake Fee:$200 member; $300 non-member

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC's C3 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, visit the course website. 

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SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was...

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Rodrigo Bolo
Very beneficial for my job assessment
Kathryn Dannehy
This course has been in invaluable training opportunity that will directly impact my ability to provide quality assurance of Navy paint and preservation work.
Linda Vazquez
I have acquired knowledge to how corrosion occurs and not just coatings which I mostly see with my job specification.
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