Is it for me?

The BGAS-CSWIP Painting Inspector course is a globally recognised qualification for anyone involved in corrosion prevention or wanting to expand their skills into multiple inspection fields.

This online course allows you to go through the material at your own pace while also having the support of an online tutor to answer any questions you have.

The eLearning material for this course cuts down the classroom-based training days to a minimum so, for those wishing to progress to examination, there will be a half-day practical training in the morning followed by the examination in the afternoon (only at one of our TWI Training Centres).

This cuts down the amount of lost time and also the cost of being away from work plus accommodation during the training.

The online material, as detailed below, covers the theory element of the course.

The material will be provided after you log on the site and a tutor will be assigned to help with any questions you may have.

What is the role of BGAS-CSWIP Painting Inspectors Grade 2?

  • They act in support of the Engineer and/or Painting Inspector Grade 1 on all technical matters relating to painting inspection
  • They ensure that requirements of the paint and painting specifications are met, including the safe environment handling and disposing of materials associated with painting operations
  • They carry out all aspects of painting inspection checking surface finish, blasting activities, cathodic protection methods and maintaining accurate records to name just a few of the tasks they undertake.

What will I learn?

With the online learning material, you can work through the 22 sections of this BGAS-CSWIP Painting Inspector Online Course, at your own pace as you are given 60 days access with potential for extended access

You will be able to download the course notes, see and hear presentations, videos, attempt course questions and work with an assigned tutor who will be there to support you along the way.

The course will be marked as complete once all of the sections have been completed and the homeworks have been passed, your tutor will advise of this.

On completion, there will be a further requirement for you to attend a half-day practical training in the morning followed by the examination in the afternoon

Prior to the examination, if that is required, you will be able to go back and revise the sections in preparation for your days practical and examination, anytime during the 60 day period and this may be extended upon request.


The 22 sections cover topics such as surface preparation, surface testing methods, corrosion, paint manufacturing, paint technology, application methods, drying and curing mechanisms, health and safety, standards used within painting operations, paint fault identification and repair methods and more...

The practical element covers dry film thickness measurements, dew point and relative humidity, surface profile assessments.

After completion of the online modules there will a mock examination which is based on an old examination paper giving you the best assessment possible for your preparation for your examination.

What will I leave with?


What else should I know?


BGAS Method Minimum Months Experience.

Painting Inspector Grade 2 requires 6 months experience.

The minimum months experience requirement detailed above may be substituted where the candidate can provide evidence of a minimum of six months’ work experience in a relevant engineering environment.

Candidates must provide evidence of experience by providing relevant information authenticated by a senior responsible person in the candidate’s employing organisation or by a major client.

Experience maybe acquired prior to or following success in the examination. In the event that the experience is sought following successful examination, the results of the examination shall remain valid for two years.

The scheme document for the BGAS scheme can be found at


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What happens next?
When you have booked your distance-learning package, you will receive an email notification with your login details. A further email will be sent with the contact details for your assigned tutor. You will then have 60 days to complete your online course.

In order to fully access the distance learning material, you will need the following minimum system requirements:

  • Latest version of your web browser of choice (if possible) will provide the best experience
  • Recommended internet speed: at least 0.5 Mbps 
  • Display resolution: minimum 1024x768

Ideal for use on desktops or tablets.

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