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Bridge Coating Inspector Program (BCI)

Level: Advanced

BCI Program Levels


Level 1

Duration: 5 days, Includes Course, Course Exam
Class Times: 8-5 (Mon-Fri)
Cost: Member $1095/ Non-Member $1295
Credits: 3.7 CEUs
Certification Term: 4 years
Prerequisites: No


Level 2

Duration: 6 days, Includes Course, Course Exam and Certification Exam
Note: This 6 day program includes the Level 1 Program. The Level 1 Program is Day 1-5 and then the Level 2 Program is Day 6.
Class Times:
8-5 (Mon-Fri); 8-Noon (Sat)
Cost: Member $1495/Non-Member $1695
Credits: 3.7 CEUs
Certification Term: 4 Years
Yes can be found at www.sspc.org/training under this course decription


Level 1 Exam Only (1 day):  Includes exam
Member $250/Non-Member $450

Level 2 Exam Only (1 day): Includes certification exam
Note: Once you take the 5 day Level 1 Program you can then sit for the 1 day Level 2 Program at a later date.
Member $450/Non-Member $650


Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Inspection Plan Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Practial Exam Retake Fee: $200 member; $300 non-member
Contact Dee Boyle to schedule
412.281.2331, Ext 2202 • boyle@sspc.org

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BCI Certification Term and Renewal- Level 1
BCI Certification Term and Renewal- Level 2


Click here for Prerequisites for the BCI Program.

Course Description

The BCI course covers the fundamentals of how to inspect surface preparation and application of protective coatings on bridge steel. These fundamentals are applicable to those who inspect coating work both in the shop and in the field. The course covers unique situations that will affect inspection in the field (e.g. containment, field safety hazards, changing weather conditions), as well as the fundamental inspection skills required to inspect new bridge steel painted in the shop, in the field or maintenance systems applied in the field.

Course Content

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Nomenclature
  • Inspection and Environmental Safety
  • Preparation Prior to Beginning Work
  • Mobilization
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Types and Characteristics
  • Coating Handling and Application
  • Coating Inspection and Defects

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Define the varying professional roles of the inspector, bridge owner and the painting contractor and their relationship to each other at the job site
  • Identify what preparation the inspector must make prior to the start of work in order to conduct effective inspections
  • Recognize common coating inspection and related terms
  •  Identify and properly adjust and operate commonly-used coating inspection instruments and test apparatus
  • Identify fundamental surface preparation and coating application processes
  • Identify key documents (e.g. specification; product data sheets and technical bulletins; industry technical standards and references) required to perform competent inspections
  • Identify inspection check or hold points
  • Create inspection documentation, including a basic inspection plan
  • Identify processes normally inspected and documented
  • Identify common coating application defects

Course Format

The first four days of the program are devoted to classroom lecture about bridge coatings inspection planning, substrate repair prior to surface preparation, surface preparation itself, coating surveys, specifications, and documentation requirements with ample time allotted to hands-on exercises and instrument practice. Lectures are supplemented by quizzes, group exercises, and hands-on workshops.

On day five, the Level 1 Course Exam is given. Students have 2 hours to complete the 100-question multiple choice test and hands-on practical exam. On day six, students passing the course exam at 80% or higher can take the written and hands-on certification exams if they meet all of the prerequisites listed.

To become a BCI Level 2 Certified Inspector you are required to get a passing grade on the certification exams:

  • Written Certification Exam -70% or higher
  • Inspection Plan Certification Exam -70% or higher
  • Practical Certification Exam-80% or higher


To receive CEUs for the course you must attend all 40 hours of the course.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual with copies of relevant SSPC standards. SSPC recommends that candidates take the classroom portion of this course before the course exam and certification exam.

Who Should Attend

Transportation agency coating inspectors, consulting engineer coating inspectors, fabrication shop coating inspectors, contractor coating inspectors, those who want to become bridge coatings inspectors, material and equipment supplier technical representatives, program and project managers, resident engineers and others who wish to learn more about the craft of the bridge coatings inspector.

State Accreditation Specs

Consulting Engineer personnel performing the inspection of bridge painting projects must be either NACE or SSPC - Bridge Coating Inspector (BCI) certified in accordance with the requirements of Section 2.3 – Qualifications, of the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING AND INSPECTION INFORMATION PAMPHLET FOR CONSULTING ENGINEERS CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

8.8.2 Bridge Coating Inspector Training Course  
FLDOT -Lead coating inspectors must successfully complete the Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) course entitled "Bridge Coating Inspection" which is designated as SSPC course "BCI". This is a four (5) day course and includes an examination that must be passed in order for SSPC to issue a successful completion certificate.

KYDOT accepts the BCI Level 1 Course.

SSPC is an accredited training provider for the Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE). PEs in Florida can now submit SSPC training course CEUs to the FBPE for continuing education credit.