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SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) Program Reapproved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)


November 5, 2018

SSPC is please to announce that the organization has received reaffirmation from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of its Certificate of Compliance for the SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) training and certification program.

The PCI program is an intensive one week program designed to thoroughly train students in the proper methods of inspecting surface preparation and the installation of industrial and marine protective coating and lining systems on a wide variety of steel structures. It is one of several coating inspector programs offered by SSPC, including the Bridge Coatings Inspector (BCI) program, Concrete Coatings Inspector (CCI) program, the NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI) course, and the new Fireproofing Inspector program.

"SSPC is proud of the PCI program, which has trained/certified over 5,000 coating inspectors since its launch in 2007. Engineers, project managers and consultants have come to regard PCI as a go-to program for training on Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Surface Preparation and Inspection, to stay on the cutting edge of their profession,” stated Jennifer Merck, Director of Training and Certification at SSPC.

ABS completed a thorough curriculum review and audit and found PCI to be aligned with the ABS Guide for Certification of Maritime Education Facilities and Training Courses (G-CMET), IMO Resolution MSC.215(82), IACS Procedural Requirement No. 34 and Section 6 of the IACS Unified Interpretation SC223.

Originally approved by ABS in 2008, the new certificate for PCI is valid through September 30, 2023.

To learn more about SSPC Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) and how to register for the course, please click here: http://www.sspc.org/trn-crs-pci