Bridge Coatings Inspector Program (BCI)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
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5 days
1,295 USD + tax
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Course description

Course description

Bridge Coatings Inspector Program (BCI)

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 situations that will affect inspection in the field (e.g. containment, field safety hazards, changing weather conditions), as well as fundamental skills required to inspect new bridge steel painted in the shop, in the field or maintenance systems applied in the field.

Course Content

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Nomenclature
  • Inspection and Environmental Safety
  • Preparation Prior to Beginning Work
  • Mobilization
  • 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

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.

Training Content

Course Format

The first four days of the program are devoted to classroom lecture on bridge coatings inspection planning, substrate repair prior to surface preparation, surface preparation itself, coating surveys, specifications, and documentation requirements with 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 Exam - 80% or higher
  • Inspection Plan 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.


Member $1095/ Non-Member $1295

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

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SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was...

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Yuriel Addine
I came into this class with zero knowledge about coatings, I am leaving the last day feeling I am able to do an inspection job.
Chad Clauson
I received a better understanding of the process that we go through for bridge painting
Kenneth Rooper
Coming into class I knew nothing about coatings but I believe know I have somewhat of a grasp but hopefully being in the field I will learn the hands on part more
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