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July 23 - July 29, 2012

Some owners have begun to require an individually certified coating inspector for projects, rather than a certified firm. Is this necessary?

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Yes, inspectors should be individually certified. 90%
As long as the firm is certified, the individual will be qualified enough. 6%
No certification is needed, as long as the inspector is experienced. 3%

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Tagged categories: Certifications and standards

Comment from Francis Goss, (7/24/2012, 8:36 AM)

Yes it is necessary.Just because a firm is Certified does not mean that the persons doing the work actually know what they are doing.Furthermore, I have met Persons that have been busy as a Painter or blaster for some 30 years,or doing inspection work learned on the job, and had no idea how to fill out a Survey report,make proper measurements or other tasks requierd from Certified Inspectors. In the end they costed thier companies more money than they earned.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (7/25/2012, 8:12 AM)

I'm a bit puzzled by this - AFAIK, paint inspector certification was established practice long before firm certification came on the scene.

Comment from Michael Hewins, (7/26/2012, 9:34 AM)

Does it make a difference? You can get an inspector with or without certification or a firm and still get a bad inspector. What needs to happen is the implementation of a system that monitors inspectors and has the ability to weed out the incompetent ones. The other requirement should be on the owner to specify training and experience levels of inspectors.

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