The NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) is a premier, industry-driven and industry managed accreditation program that validates a contractor's quality assurance program, support practices, and production processes.The NIICAP process is transparent, industry-driven and customer-focused from the top down, resulting in a robust accreditation program that endorses only coating contractors who have demonstrated capabilities and competencies necessary to meet owner requirements.
NIICAP is designed and guided by industry experts to serve as a vital tool for coating contractors and asset owners to improve operations, reduce costs, increase visibility and opportunity, and prequalify prospective contractors. In this comprehensive and innovative program, coating contractors and asset owners who seek to hire them have a transparent, industry-designed and driven mechanism for improving product and service quality, extending asset life and performance, enhancing best practices, and mitigating business and HSE risks.
Contractors that earn accreditation through NIICAP’s audit process distinguish themselves as elite coating applicators by demonstrating the highest levels of specialty knowledge, product and service quality, and organizational achievement—and gain the ability to market themselves to owners and certifiers who seek to prequalify and hire only the industry’s best professionals.
Asset owners that choose NIICAP-accredited contractors can be confident they are better protected by hiring contractors capable to meet customer specifications in industry best practices according to the highest standards of corrosion control, resulting in valuable efficiencies and savings in time, money and manpower associated with protecting the world’s infrastructure and large industrial and manufacturing assets from the effects of corrosion.
Accreditations are made using a thorough application, on-site inspection of business practices and a project site audit overseen by NIICAP contracted third-party auditors with significant experience and expertise in the practices being audited.
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The NIICAP process is transparent, industry-driven and customer-focused, resulting in a robust accreditation program that endorses only coating contractors that have been audited and have a documented record of capabilities and competencies necessary to meet owner requirements. The accreditation process includes a thorough application process, on-site inspection of business practices and a project site audit overseen by NIICAP contracted third-party auditors with significant experience and expertise in the practices being audited.
The program is guided first and foremost by NIICAP Standards AS-1, AS-2, and AS-3. Each standard is detailed and leaves no question as to the basis of each audit of contractors’ administrative records and on-site operations and performance.
Additionally, NIICAP is driven by a firm Policy and Procedures Manual the highlights a transparent accreditation and auditing program free of conflict of interest and focused on open communication.
Finally, NIICAP has chosen to operate its auditing services through the utilization of contracted subject matter experts from industry who have documented QA experience. Auditor training is focused on communication and auditor performance is evaluated annually.
The Initial and Renewal Accreditation process is a very thorough review in accordance with the relevant auditing standard. The Maintenance Accreditation Process is similar to the Initial accreditation process; however, it involves validation of known programs and work practices and is less intensive. The cycle consists of one (1) Initial accreditation, followed by two (2) Maintenance accreditations, and starts over with one (1) Renewal accreditation followed by two (2) Maintenance accreditations. At the end of the third year the Renewal cycle is repeated. The administrative portion is completed off site prior to the visit; the number of days for the on-site audit is dependent on various factors and changes according to the cycle point.
The NIICAP program operates as part of the NACE International Institute Business Services LLC NIIBS, and under the purview of the NIICAP Oversight Board. This Board includes 8 members, with the majority of the Board being owners. Roles and responsibilities of of the Board include:
Coatings Technologist | Materials Engineering
Protective Coatings Specialist
Refining-Reliability & Engineering
Advanced Engineering Associate / Non-metallics Specialist
ExxonMobill Research & Eng
NIICAP Auditing Standards
Johnnie Miller, P.E.
Coatings and Traffic Materials Branch Manager
Construction Division/Materials & Pavements for TX DOT
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