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Students in this course will gain knowledge on the proper methods of inspecting surface preparation and installation of industrial and marine protective coatings and lining systems.






1 & 2



1, 2 & 3

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. Anyone (college students, Graduates and other discipline personnel) interested to join or enter in coating field, SSPC PCI Level 1 is the entry level training and certification program. In India, you can contact our Indian Licensee (HTS COATINGS) who is authorised to take SSPC-USA related coating programs.

There are no prerequisites to attend the PCI Level 1 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 five days. PCI meets the requirements of ASTM D 3276 and the IMO Performance Standard for Protective Coatings and IACS Common Structural Rules (CSR).

Course/Exam Content
Corrosion Prevention Using Coatings
Quality Assurance/Control
Surface Preparation & Inspection
Practical Math
Coating Application & Inspection
Industrial Coatings & Coating Systems
Specialty Inspection Projects
Coating Failures & Methods of Prevention
Inspector Safety
Coating Specifications
Simulated Pre-job Conference
Inspection Procedure Development
Simulated Project Inspection
IMO Inspector Training Requirements
Risk Management
Project Acceptance and Close-out


The PCI Program is Specified by:

  • The SSPC PCI course meets the requirements of 3.3.1 of SSPC-QP 1
  • Approved certification under the NAVSEA Standard Item 009-32

Benefits of Attending
After attending SSPC PCI 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 overcoating 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/ Notes
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. The PCI Level 1 course is completed with a comprehensive written examination and a practical (instrument use) examination.

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 

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.

Not required entry level Inspectors or Supervisors or those who are interested to enter in coating industries


  • SSPC PCI Program is available through the following SSPC licensed training providers.

International Providers of PCI

  • SSPC Holds PCI Programs in the following countries, if you would like to speak to one of our local representatives about the PCI Programs in india you can contact: HARVISH TECHNICAL SERVICES (SSPC PCI / INDIAN LICENSEE / SSPC – USA)

Frequently asked questions

SSPC PCI Level 1, 2 & 3 program is being conducted by SSPC (USA) and they are established since 1950 to cater various coating training and certifications. As of now more than 10,000+ Inspectors were trained and certified by SSPC. All  Operators, Clients, Painting Contractors were using SSPC Standards, References and manuals to create their Project Specific Specification for their intended outcome. Therefore the recognition of SSPC PCI is evidenced all over the world.

SSPC PCI Level 2 is equivalent to NACE CIP Level 2, FROSIO Level 2, ICorr Level 2 and Bgas Grade 1.

SSPC is an industry leader in providing excellent and qualified industrial coatings inspectors.  Our PCI program is approved by world recognized classification societies like Lloyds, ABS, and RINA. Earning a SSPC PCI certification can reward you with a potential higher salary, stronger employment demand and better job stability.

SSPC offers courses designed to benefit coatings professionals, whether they are contractors involved in surface preparation and paint application, or engineers, inspectors, consultants, facility owners and salespeople involved in other aspects of the business. SSPC courses are designed to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the intricacies involved in planning and executing industrial painting projects.

In a couple of ways. First of all, SSPC’s courses will enhance your overall coatings knowledge and help you do your job better. Second, when you get involved with SSPC, you’re tapping into a vast network of knowledge that expands exponentially every year. Our members represent such a broad crossection of industry that if there is an answer that you need to a coatings question, we’ll find it.

All SSPC-certified professionals must periodically renew their certifications. SSPC has now made this renewal process easier, by placing its renewal exams online. Coatings professionals, certified in the various programs, will be notified by mail in plenty of time to complete their renewals. Specific information on each programs recertification process can be found on each course description page.

For more information please contact Mr. Venkat – +91-9176618930 /