With the completion of the recent Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors course at Hamburg, an additional seven students passed the examination and have achieved the RMCI qualification. This brings the total of qualified RMCI’s to more than forty since the programme in the superyacht sector began at the end of last year.
To date courses have been successfully organised in Amsterdam, Southampton, Hamburg and Genoa. The autumn schedule has been announced recently with further courses planned for Hamburg (September), Southampton (October) and Amsterdam (November). Applications for these courses are now being accepted. Plans to take the Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors course further afield to America, UAE and the far East will be announced in the future.
The week long course is attracting students from all areas of the superyacht coatings industry, including applicators, new build and refit yards, surveyors, paint manufacturers and owner’s representatives.
The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors qualification was borne out of the desire by the industry to upskill those involved in the inspecting and surveying the coatings procedures. The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors course was instigated by the SuperYacht Builders Association (SYBAss) in conjunction with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS). It is IIMS that is delivering the course.
The Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors course spans four days of tuition and one final day of written and practical examinations. There are three units of study comprising an Introduction to Coatings & Inspections, Inspection Equipment and The Reporting Unit.
Speaking on behalf of the International Institute of Marine Surveying, the organisation behind the course, CEO Mike Schwarz said, “The course material is now firmly embedded and is being well received. We have already seen some exceptional students qualify with distinction. Several more who failed have qualified on an examination resit. So far we are very pleased with how things are shaping up and look forward to celebrating more qualified RMCI’s in the coming months.”