The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors (RMCI) course and qualification has taken a couple of years to develop and perfect. It is the result of collaboration between a range of stakeholders with a vested interest in the specialist marine superyacht coatings area.
Until this standard was introduced, there were no specific qualifications for marine coatings Inspectors.
The RMCI qualification was instigated by the Super Yacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in conjunction with the International Confederation of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and working with the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS) and the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr). The course, the qualification and the certification system were produced in response to the request from these bodies.
Candidates for the RMCI course are expected to have a NACE, FROSIO or ICorr Level II qualifications or significant relevant industry experience.
SYBAss members, the paint companies,ship yards and coating facilities worldwide will only accept inspectors into their facilities who have this qualification in time. It is in the interests of all marine coatings Inspectors to encourage their colleagues to undertake the course not only to raise the standards of inspection, but to standardise reporting and to ensure that the highest levels of independence are maintained.
The RMCI week long course, including a half day examination, is delivered by the Marine Surveying Academy at various locations in the UK, Europe and further afield. The standard is accredited by the International Institute of Marine Surveying and is jointly certificated by them and the Institute of Corrosion.
Those delegates who successfully complete and pass the RMCI course and examination are automatically entitled to one year’s free membership of the International Institute of Marine Surveying as a Technician Member.