FROSIO Surface Treatment Courses - China, Poland, Denmark, Korea, Norway

In addition to Norway, we currently offer FROSIO certification courses in Europe and Asia. These courses are being held in English.

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Upcoming FROSIO Surface Treatment courses

Country/City: Year: Course date:
Rotterdam, Holland (English) 2018 March 13th - 23rd
Stockholm, Sweden (Norwegian) 2018 April 17th - 27th
Gyeongju, South Korea (English) 2018 August 22nd - September 1st
Oslo Norway (Norwegian) 2018 September 17th - 28th
Gdansk, Poland (English) 2018 October 9th - 19th
Esbjerg, Denmark (English) 2018 October 30th - November 9th

Paint and coatings provide an important role in preventing corrosion on steel and other metallic constructions. In order for the corrosion protection to satisfy the quality and durability, strict demands must be set to surface treatment. To ensure the quality – inspection of the work at all stages is important. The inspectors must have thorough knowledge of climatic conditions, paint and coating technology, inspection routines, standards and guidelines.

The Norwegian Professional Council for Education and Certification of Inspectors of Surface Treatment (FROSIO) was founded in 1986 in Norway and has since 1987 issued certificates for surface treatment inspectors. The demands as to knowledge and skills are defined in the Norwegian Standard NS 476”Paints and coatings – Approval and certification of surface treatment inspectors”.

Kiwa Teknologisk Institutt has arranged and conducted courses leading to the FROSIO examination abroad and in Scandinavia since 1987.


The education is based on lectures, demonstrations, practical use of instruments and group work - providing training of practical work. This way the participants have the possibility of going more in depth of the different subjects. This also provides good contact between the teachers and the participants. Some homework must be expected during the course. The length of the course is two weeks (9 or 10 days depending on the number of participants since the examination may require 2 days). The topics included in the course are:

  • Materials and design
  • Corrosion
  • Substrates for paints/coatings
  • Ambient conditions
  • Paints and coatings
  • Requirements for the execution of the work
  • Standards, specifications and procedures
  • Inspection work/role of the inspector
  • Health, safety and environment


The aim of the course is to provide the candidates with theoretical and practical knowledge to meet the requirements of NS 476, being capable of carrying out inspections as well as having knowledge of methods to protect constructions.

Who should attend the course?

The course is intended for inspectors, operators and people working within surface treatment and painting, personnel working with constructions to be protected and technical personnel in charge of surface treatment.

Skills and background

In accordance with the standard all candidates must attend an 80 hours course and pass the examination successfully. The skills and background of the candidate are defined in the standard. Experience may be obtained after having passed the examination.

NS 476 describes the three levels available:

  • Inspector candidate certificate level I
    a person who has attended the course, passed examination, but without relevant experience
  • Inspector certificate level II
    a person who has attended the course, passed examination, and having a minimum of 2 years relevant experience
  • Inspector certificate level III
    a person who has attended the course, passed examination, and having at least 3 years relevant experience in addition to the requirements of level II whereof minimum 2 years documented inspection experience.


The course is conducted in English - exept courses in Norway.


The examination according to NS 476 includes a theoretical and practical part each of four (4) hours, and will be conducted on the last course day(s) by FROSIO. To meet the requirements for certification, all candidates must pass both parts of the examination.


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