The SSPC COURSES in India thru HTS COATINGS, Indian Licensee for SSPC-USA is being conducted every month in Chennai. The PCI Level 2 Program meets ASTM International standard D3276 “Standard Guide for Painting Inspectors“ and has been approved by the following 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:

  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Lloyd’s Register
  • RINA

Note: The SSPC Course Fundamentals of Protective Coatings C1 is strongly recommended as prerequisite for anyone taking the Protective Coatings Inspector Program (PCI).


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

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

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 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)

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