Following the launch of the Registered Marine Coatings Inspectors (RMCI) qualification at the end of 2014, the RMCI has announced the latest batch of successful graduates, bringing the total number of qualified RMCI’s to over 40.

Instigated by the Superyacht Shipbuilders Association (SYBAss), the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS), the RMCI has been designed to ‘upskill’ professionals and standardise the processes involved in inspecting and surveying coatings procedures. Hitherto there had been no specific qualification for marine coatings inspectors.

Delivered at IIMS locations around the world, the course spans four days of tuition covering introductions to coatings and inspections, inspection equipment and the reporting unit – and a final day of theoretical and practical examination. The RMCI has reported that the turnout so far has been good and professionals from all walks of the coatings industry have been taking part.

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 re-sit. 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.”

To date, courses have been organised in Amsterdam, Southampton, Hamburg and Genoa and will continue to be held here throughout 2015. Plans are also in place to try and take the RCMI further afield to the USA, UAE and South East Asia, with confirmation of this expansion expected later this year.