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Protective Coatings Inspector Program (PCI)

Protective Coatings Inspector Program (PCI) 



PCI Level 2 meets ASTM International standard D3276 “Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors“ and has been approved by Lloyd’s Register, RINA, Bureau Veritas and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), the world’s largest commercial shipping classification societies, as equivalent to NACE Coating Inspector Level 2 and FROSIO Inspector Level III in accordance with the IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings and IACS CSR.


Course Description

The objective of this course is to thoroughly train individuals in the proper methods of inspecting surface preparation and installation of industrial and marine protective coatings and lining systems on an array of industrial structures and facilities. There are no prerequisites to attend the PCI Course. However, this course is not an entry level course. Candidates should be prepared for an intense and fast-paced week of training with evening homework and study in order to cover an extensive amount of information in 5 days. PCI meets the requirements of ASTM D 3276 and the IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings and IACS CSR.


Course Content

  Module 1: Corrosion Prevention Using Coatings
  Module 2: Quality Assurance/Control
  Module 3: Surface Preparation & Inspection
  Module 4: Practical Math
  Module 5: Coating Application & Inspection
  Module 6: Industrial Coatings & Coating Systems
  Module 7: Specialty Inspection Projects
  Module 8: Coating Failures & Methods of Prevention
  Module 9: Inspector Safety
  Module 10: Coating Specifications
  Module 11: Simulated Pre-job Conference; Inspection Procedure Development
  Module 12: Simulated Project Inspection
  Module 13: IMO Inspector Training Requirements


Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  Recognize the common duties, responsibilities, and the role of an industrial coatings inspector
  Recognize the role of the coating manufacturer on a coatings project
  Describe the authority of a coatings inspector
  Explain the importance of thorough documentation
  Identify the differences between quality assurance and quality control and the common duties of quality assurance and quality control personnel  
  Describe the purpose and content of a pre-job or preconstruction conference
  Explain the importance of ethics of inspection personnel
  Describe methods used to evaluate coating performance prior to full-scale installation  
  Describe the unique aspects of performing coatings inspection on an over coating project, and on projects employing thermal spray coatings, powder coatings and duplex coating systems  
  Describe how coatings inspection can help prevent premature coating failure
  List potential safety hazards associated with coatings inspection  
  Prepare an inspection plan/procedure  
  Perform coatings inspection on industrial projects  
  Compare inspection results to specification requirements  


Course Format

The course provides participants five days of intensive training and includes multiple workshops and problem solving exercises so that participants may immediately apply the learning in a classroom setting, without the pressures of production and project schedules. In order to enhance the learning environment and illustrate the importance of teamwork, the workshops and exercises will be done in small teams. This course is completed with a comprehensive Level 1 written examination and a practical (instrument use) examination given on Day 5 of the class. To pass the Level 1 exams, candiates must get a 70% or higher on both exams. Students failing the Level 1 exam may take the program again to qualify for the Level 2 certification exam after a 6-month waiting period.


What is the Next Step After I Complete the PCI Level 1?

Students passing both components of the Level 1 course exam at 70% or higher and meeting the prerequisites for Level 2 Certification can take the written and hands-on Level 2 certification exams on day 6.

Who Should Attend

Coatings project managers, quality managers, inspectors, contractor supervisory level personnel, coating specification writers or coatings or equipment suppliers, coating consultants, or technical service representatives involved in the steel protective coatings industry.

The program also employs a Disciplinary Action Criteria (DAC) and administrative procedures establishing rules for:


issuing warnings to inspectors;


placing inspectors on probation; 


suspending, revoking, or denying certification of inspectors who are cited for critical faults in safety, workmanship, ethical practice, and criminal law, that have been reported and verified.