TIC Council has operated a Chemical Cargo Inspector Certification Programme since 2020.  

The Chemical Cargo programme is an extension to the Petroleum Inspector certification programme.

To become a Certified Inspector of Chemical Cargo, candidates must possess a valid Petroleum Inspector certification, must be employed by, or contracted to, an TIC Council member company, or to a company which has completed the required registration process (see below). Candidates must also have completed minimum of 6 months working as a chemical cargo inspector and a specified programme of field and classroom training. This is detailed in the TIC Council Chemical Cargo Inspector Training Requirements List and must be fully documented in the employer’s internal training records. Although some of the training tasks are identical to those required for petroleum inspectors these must be repeated specifically for chemical cargoes.

As this is a module of the Petroleum Inspector certification programme, candidates must (1) already possess a valid Petroleum Inspector certificate or (2) must take both Petroleum and Chemical Module examinations on the same day (assuming the above requirements are met). If the candidate fails the Petroleum examination, both examinations will be void and an invoice will still be charged for both examinations. 

Successful candidates will receive a certificate to document their achievement. Certificates are valid for a period of five years, following which it is necessary for inspectors to be re-examined. Expiration dates are indicated on the certificates.

For inquiries on the validity of a certificate or certified inspector, please contact exams@tic-council.org

All examinations are now computer-based, and can be taken at a local test centre, selected by the inspection agency.

Test Question Books are provided for free download for training and examination preparation. This Chemical Cargo module is only available in English for the time being. 


Examinations in Africa, Asia and Europe, and in Central and South America and the Caribbean will take place on a rolling programme, with examinations being offered in each country every six months. Please follow the link to the examination schedule page to see when examinations will be offered in your region, and also to see when applications must be submitted to TIC Council for approval.
Examinations in the US, US Territories and Canada take place throughout the year, and applications can be submitted at any time.

Examination Schedule


Application process for TIC Council members


Application process for non-TIC Council members


Companies will be charged for each candidate registered with TIC Council to take the examination. Fees are currently EUR 150 per candidate for TIC Council members, and EUR 450 per candidate for non-TIC Council members.  A registration fee of EUR 30 is charged for each branch registering to submit candidates for on-line examinations. This will be a one off fee and will not be repeated unless branch details are changed. Fees for the US and Canada are EUR 150 for existing TIC Council members, EUR 450  for non-members and EUR 30 for branch registration.

All fees worldwide are charged in Euros (EUR).

These are:

TIC Council member candidates: €150
non-TIC Council member candidates €450
Branch registration €30
Certificate replacement €50

Non-member registration fee: €650 (non-refundable) 


As noted above, training is a key part of the certification process. An attestation that all of the specified training tasks have been completed is included on the application form. In addition to this attestation companies will be asked to submit copies of internal training records for review. This will be on a random basis for TIC Council members and will apply to all first-time candidates from non-TIC Council member organisations. These records should, as a minimum, show clearly that each training task on the International Training Requirements List (available below) has been completed with a corresponding date and signature (trainer or manager). A Training Record Book which may be used to maintain these records is available for download from the link below. All training records for review by TIC Council must be provided in English.


Examination scores, and certificates for successful participants, are issued electronically to the branch contact or scheduler by TIC Council during the month following the examination.

For other confirmations or clarifications, please contact exams@tic-council.org



Chemical Cargo Inspector Training requirements List
This lists mandatory Training Tasks which must be completed by all candidates prior to taking the certification examination.
Chemicals Module Training Record Book
This book may be used as part of an in house training record and contains all of the training tasks required for IFIA certification.

Test Questions

The Test Question Books contain the question bank from which examination questions will be taken, and can be downloaded for examination preparation and training. The correct answers are marked by an asterisk. These latest editions are marked July 2020.