Bridge Coating Inspector Program (BCI)
BCI Program Levels
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
How to Register for Level 1:
Click here to find a BCI Level 1 course & register online
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
Prerequisites: Yes can be found at www.sspc.org/training under this course decription
How to Register for Level 2:
Click here to find a BCI Level 2 course & register online
Level 1 Exam Only (1 day): Includes exam
Cost: Member $250/Non-Member $450
How to Register for Level 1 Exam Only:
Click here to find a BCI Level 1 Exam & register online
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.
Cost: Member $450/Non-Member $650
How to Register for Level 2 Exam Only:
Click here to find a BCI Level 2 Exam & register online
Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Contact Kelly Oakes to schedule
Phone: (877) 281-7772 ext. 2215
BCI Certification Term and Renewal- Level 1
Maintaining Level 1 Status
Level I status may be maintained for an indefinite period of time if the inspector provides the documentation listed and maintains appropriate work standards as evidenced through independent audits and owner endorsements.
Inspectors are required to complete and submit to SSPC, a Renewal Packet every four years from their certification date. Renewal packets containing the renewal forms are sent to the last known address 6 months prior to the certification expiration date.
Download BCI Level1 Renewal Form: Recert Application to Apply by mail, or email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspectors are responsible for complete documentation of work experience. Within two weeks of accepting a position as a bridge coatings inspector, please notify the SSPC Program Administrator and fill out the Job Notification Form.
At the completion of each project, the inspector is to request the owner representative to send a completed Inspector Performance Evaluation Form to the program administrator. The inspector shall have no detrimental disciplinary actions and must pass all independent audits. The inspector is responsible for updating the program administrator with current personal contact information.
BCI Level1 Renewal Fees:
- $250.00 BCI Level1 Renewal at Member Rate
- $450.00 BCI Level1 Renewal at Non-Member Rate
Level 1 status will not be renewed if the inspector fails to comply with any requirement of the program or does not supply SSPC with documentation of work over the four-year period.
BCI Certification Term and Renewal- Level 2
Maintaining Level 2 Status
Certified status may be maintained for a period of four years if the Certified inspector provides the documentation listed and maintains appropriate work standards as evidenced through independent audits and owner endorsements.
Certified Inspectors are responsible for complete documentation of work experience. Within two weeks of accepting a position as a bridge coatings inspector, please notify the SSPC Program Administrator and fill out the Job Notification Form.
At the completion of each project, the inspector is to request the owner representative to send a completed Inspector Performance Evaluation Form to the program administrator. Certified inspectors must document a minimum of 2000 hours of bridge coatings inspection experience as it occurs during each four year period. This documentation may be listed on the Work Experience Form. Special circumstance: If you have moved to a supervisory position where you do not work in the field any longer, you can still re-certify as a BCI Level 2 Inspector. The candidate under this option must have at least 2000 Hours of documented and verified work experience in supervising bridge inspection work during their 4-Year BCI Level 2 certification term. This documentation also may be listed on the Work Experience Form.
Failure to document experience and obtain bridge owner representative endorsement will result in that experience not counting towards maintenance of Certified status. The inspector is responsible for updating the program administrator with current personal contact information.
Certified inspectors may extend their Certified status by completing the Re-certification Process every four years from their certification date.
Disciplinary Action Program
If any Disciplinary Action (except Revocation) is taken against a Certified Inspector, the Inspector drops back in the program to Level 1. (How does the inspector regain certified status?) Any Disciplinary Action involving Revocation will result in returning to the initial application step (taking the training and exam) following the Revocation period. If disciplinary action is a result of an ethical violation the person must follow the below criteria. Any ethical violation at either level requires that the person attend an eight (8) hour ethics class taught by an accredited institution that is approved by the CETG. Attendance must be documented. This requirement is in addition to any disciplinary action imposed.
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Inspectors are required to:
1. Complete and submit to SSPC a Renewal Packet every four years from their certification date. Renewal letters are sent to the last known address 6 months prior to the recertification date. The letter includes a return form with information to process a renewal.
2. Download & Submit Forms:
3. Periodically visit the BCI website to review the regulations and technology updates that are posted.
4. Register and take the certification refresher exam before the expiration date of your certification.
Certified inspectors must obtain a minimum of 85% to successfully complete the open book examination.
Note 1: Once your renewal packet is received by SSPC, you will receive a User ID and Password via email. You will use this information to access and take the online exam. The recertification exam is intended to be completed "open book" using electronic PDF files of the units found in the student manual which will be provided to you online.
BCI Level 2 Re-certification Fees:
- $250.00 BCI Level 2 Recertification at Member Rate
- $450.00 BCI Level 2 Recertification at Non-Member Rate
- $450.00 BCI Level 2 Recertification Exam Package (hard copy) mailed
Candidate is responsible for sending SSPC updated address and contact information. If no response by the certification expiration date, the individual's certification expires and they must re-take the BCI Level 2 Course and Certification Exam to become certified again.
See below for Prerequisites for the BCI Program.
Prerequisities for Bridge Coating Inspector (BCI) Program & Certification – Level 2
There are no prerequisites to attend the BCI Level 1 course.
Prior to attending the BCI Level 2 program, all individuals must provide adequate information showing that they meet the minimum requirements. If SSPC is unable to verify the accuracy of any information reported on the pre-requisite form, it may result in the rejection of your application. Please note: Pre-requisite paperwork must be submitted to SSPC two weeks in advance of the program for which you are registered. No certifications will be issued until after your paperwork has been accepted by SSPC.
There are three processes to achieve the required prerequisites:
Process A:Attend the BCI Level 1 & Level 2 lectures
In order to qualify for the BCI Level 2 exams, candidate must successfully complete the BCI Level 1 course and exams with a score of 80% or higher and documents a minimum of 2 years (3,000 hours) bridge coating inspection work.
Process B: Bypass the BCI Level 1 & Level 2 lectures (with alternate training)
A candidate may present alternate course training in lieu of the BCI Level 1 lecture. The BCI executive committee and SSPC will evaluate the alternate training based on industry-wide knowledge of the course and the training provider. To be considered valid, the course must contain a closed book written exam and a practical instrument exam. Candidates must provide adequate documentation showing that they have obtained a score of at least 70%.
If alternate training is accepted, the candidate may bypass the lecture portion of the course and move on to attempt the BCI Level 1 and BCI Level 2 exams.
The candidate must also document a minimum of 2 years (or 3,000 hours) bridge coating inspection work.
Process C:Bypass the BCI Level 1 & Level 2 lectures (with work experience)
A candidate may present work experience in lieu of the BCI Level 1 and BCI Level 2 lectures.
In order to qualify for Process C, the candidate must document a minimum of 5 years (7,000 hours) of bridge coating inspection work.
If the work experience is accepted, the candidate can then attempt the BCI Level 1 and BCI Level 2 exams.
The following items must be submitted to SSPC no later than two weeks before the scheduled course:
- SSPC BCI Level 2 Pre-Requisite Form
SSPC Training Coordinator
800 Trumbull Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4365
Phone: 412-281-2331 x2204
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.
- Roles and Responsibilities
- Inspection and Environmental Safety
- Preparation Prior to Beginning Work
- 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
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.
FLDOT CHAPTER 8 - STRUCTURES TRAINING AND QUALIFICATION PROGRAM.
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.