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NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI)

Updated per the NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32 FY 2016 (CH1)

Level: Advanced
Duration: 5 Days (40 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member $1,295, Non-Member $1,495
Credits: 4.0 CEUs
Certification Term: 4 Years
Prerequisites: Yes

NBPI Recertification Fees:
$250.00 NBPI Online Recertification at Member Rate
$450.00 NBPI Online Recertification at Non-Member Rate

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

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How to Register:

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Certification and Renewal

All certified NBPI must recertify in the fourth year from their initial certification date.

Renew Your NBPI Certification:

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Course Description

The NBPI course is a five-day inspection course that was 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.

What makes this course especially valuable is that it also provides the 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

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

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.

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel in this course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

U.S. Navy Requirement

Approved certification under the NAVSEA Standard Item 009–32


The NBPI course meets the requirements specified in section 3.3.1 of SSPC QP 1.