The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors (RMCI) qualification was launched in 2014. It is the result of collaboration between a range of stakeholders with a vested interest in the specialist marine superyacht coatings arena.
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 Surveying (IIMS). The course, the qualification and the certification system were produced in response to the request from these bodies, all of whom were seeking a method to upskill those inspecting high-value superyacht coatings systems.
In many instances, SYBAss members, the paint companies, shipyards and coating facilities worldwide will only accept inspectors into their facilities who have this qualification. 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.
Minimum entry requirements for the RMCI qualification are a NACE, FROSIO, or ICorr qualification plus 5 years’ experience of superyacht coatings.
The RMCI qualification is ready to deliver in a new hybrid format. This consists of 2 days of technical webinars which can be taken remotely, followed by 2.5 days of face-to-face sessions to include practical inspections, revision and examinations. The standard is accredited by the International Institute of Marine Surveying.
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.