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Container Inspector Certification Examination (Exam dates from 12 October - 15 December 2019)


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Available Until: 12/13/2019

Base Price: $475.00

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Examination Period: 12 October - 15 December 2019​

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The IICL Container Inspector's Certification Examination is held around the world at numerous locations. The 2.5 hour computer-based Container Inspector's Examination (in English only) will consist of 100 multiple choice questions based on the IICL guides, manuals and technical bulletins listed in the Container Examination Test Information Bulletin and below (also in English only).

Please click on the ACTIVE TEST CENTER SEARCH button above to view the list of active test centers in your city of interest. Every registrant will be notified via email on how to select a test center location, date and time after the online registration and payment is received. New to the 2019 certification exam will be the option of each student to select a specific date between Saturday, 12 October 2019 and Sunday, 15 December 2019 to take the examination. Early registrants will be given priority for their choices dates and times.

NOTE:  Exam scores for the test takers will be posted in the "My Transcript" section of each candidates IICL User Account on 15 December 2019. You will need to log back into this education portal and sign into your user account to view your score. If you pass the examination you will have the capability to print your own certification. On 15 December 2019 visit sign-in and click on "My Transcript" to view your score.

12 October - 15 December 2019 Test Information Bulletin Required for each candidate. Container Inspector's Test candidates must download and read this bulletin. This document may take several minutes to download because of graphics.

The Container Inspector Certification Examination is based on the following Five (5) IICL Dry Van Publications, the CSC Guide and IICL Technical Bulletins 002, 008, 013, 015 and 016:

Visit to purchase the examination package, Item# 1198 in the IICL Online Store

  1. Guide for Container Equipment Inspection, 6th edition (IICL-6)  (published 1996) (reprinted 2006 & 2016)
  2. Repair Manual for Steel Freight Containers, 5th edition  (published 1999) (reprinted 2006)
  3. General Guide for Container Cleaning, 2nd edition (published 2000) 
  4. Supplement on Container Inspection and Repair: Gray Areas, 2nd  edition (published 2003)
  5. Guide for Open Top Container Equipment Inspection (published 2005) (reprinted 2007)
  6. International Convention for Safe Containers, 1972 (CSC) (published 2014)
  7. Preferred Electronic Data Interchange Standards (EDIS), Technical Bulletin 002, (February 2003)
  8. Repair Manual - Materials Used For Repair. Technical Bulletin 008 (February 2011)
  9. New IICL 6 Inspection Criteria for Dry Van Containers, Technical Bulletin 013, (July 2016)
  10. Corner Fittings Inspection Criteria. Technical Bulletin 015 (June 2018)
  11. Roof measurement of outwards deformations. Technical Bulletin 016 (January 2019)

Technical Bulletins 002, 008, 013, 015 and 016 are the only study references available electronically.

Please visit to download Items # 7 - 11 above.

NEW! The IICL Online Preparatory Course for the IICL Container Examination was developed to assist individuals preparing to take the exam. The online training course consists of 3 modules having slides and movies addressing inspections, repairs including proper inspection practices and recommended repair criteria selection.  The training modules are based on the latest guides for container inspection, repairs and technical bulletins. A test simulating the exam is built into the training module enabling students to evaluate their knowledge. 

The course is available as stand-alone item for $99 or as part of a bundle with the container inspector certification examination for $549.  The course can be completed in about three hours, however, it is recommended that students take the time to study the manuals after each session to reinforce the understanding over each of the areas covered.    

NOTE: The IICL Online Preparatory Course is NOT a substitute for the Container Inspector Certification Examination.  All who wish to certify will still need to register and participate in the IICL Container Inspector Certification Examination.

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All candidates who pass the exam receive an IICL certificate. The certification is valid for five years, after which, an inspector must pass the exam again to become re-certified. Certified inspectors are listed in the IICL Inspection Directory, which is updated annually. The Directory also includes companies that employ IICL-certified inspectors, and features professional advertisement listings by depot/repair and surveying companies. The Directory is distributed to major ship lines, leasing companies, and others on a worldwide basis.

The IICL has developed the Container Inspection Examination program to further promote important industry wide matters of proper inspection, repair, maintenance and operational issues. The exam, which is based upon various IICL manuals, allows the student to understand technical aspects and the complexities of maintaining and operating various equipment types. In preparing for the exam the applicant will be asked to study study Five (5) IICL publications, the Convention for Safe Containers (CSC) Guide, and Technical Bulletins 002 & 013 which is the bases for all questions contained in the exam. Individuals who pass the IICL container inspection examination will have a sound foundation for continuing their education in the container industry and allow them to move on to more specialized industry related issues.

More than 5,400 container inspectors, in 69 countries, are currently certified by IICL, and more than 1,200 companies and company branches employ IICL-certified container inspectors.