- Innovative coatings inspector program now offered in a convenient online format
PITTSBURGH, March 12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced today the launch of the online version of its groundbreaking Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) program.
PCI was first introduced to the coatings industry in 2007. Since then, it's been well received by both industry veterans and newcomers as a high-quality and affordable education alternative that effectively teaches both core and advanced concepts of coating inspection.
The online program version prepares candidates for the PCI Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Certification Exams. Once a candidate completes the PCI Online Training they may also attend the SSPC PCI Instrument Workshop. The online course includes 24-7 access to some of the best coatings training materials in the world, over 190 training units with nearly 3,000 instructional slides in total, videos, animations, diagrams, photographs and narration. In addition, every unit has printable documentation and training notes, video guides, tools, calculations and conversions.
PCI is the only coatings inspector program currently available from any provider that has been independently audited and verified by international agencies like ABS (American Bureau of Shipping), Lloyd's Register, and RINA. One of the keys to the program is its flexibility.
According to Bob McMurdy, President of SSPC, "When SSPC designed PCI, the goal was to provide a more affordable pathway to certification for independent inspectors and professionals in emerging markets. In our research, we discovered a great thirst for knowledge among groups of highly skilled workers. These groups already had training and experience in coatings and they wanted to be able to put that to work for them in gaining inspector certification. PCI allows them to do that."
PCI Online is available beginning on the 15 of each month and runs for 20 weeks, including course exam. For more information or to register, please contact SSPC in the USA at 1.877.281.SSPC, or worldwide at +1.412.281.2331. For more information about PCI, please visit www.SSPC.org and click on "Training".
SSPC is dedicated to the use of high-performance coatings for the protection and preservation of steel, concrete and other industrial structures. Founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, SSPC is the only non-profit association whose sole mission is to promote and support the use of protective, marine and industrial coatings for corrosion protection. Its surface preparation and other standards are used in painting specifications worldwide to provide a solid foundation for protective coatings work. In addition to standards, SSPC provides painting contractor certification, develops training and certification programs for individuals, provides advocacy, and publishes a wide range of information resources. Membership in SSPC includes over 9,300 coatings professionals and over 825 industry-related companies. For more information, visit www.SSPC.org.
SOURCE Society for Protective Coatings