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Is it for me?

You can take this course with or without previous experience in site coatings inspection and is suitable for you if you wish to attain BGAS-CSWIP Approval as a Site Coatings Inspector. It is also suitable for anyone engaged in the inspection and coating of new and existing pipelines. This approval is very useful to welding inspectors as it can extend your working time capability on pipelines projects.

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Student using the Elcometer 456 electronic thickness gauge to measure the thickness of a coating.
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Team exercise where students are using a dial micrometerand Testex tape to measure substrate profiles.

What will I learn?

This course will cover corrosion, specified coating conditions, surface preparation methods and standards, surface contaminants and tests for detection. You will also learn about coating technology, film thickness, coal tar enamels, special situations, hot applied tapes, cold applied laminate tapes, grease based tapes, and self-adhesive overwrap tapes.

You will also be taught about polyethylene cladding, fillers, mastics and putties, heat shrinkable plastics, powder coatings, urethane MCLs, holiday detection, concrete coatings, and internal coatings. The course als offers information on cathodic protection, stages of pipeline construction, handling, transport and storage, pipeline surveys, health and safety, coating faults, and working practices and quality.

What will I leave with?

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of pipeline coatings
  • Understand the importance of surface preparation
  • Appreciate the difficulties associated with pipeline site coating
  • Understand the practical methods of testing and inspection
  • Interpret the requirements of standards
  • Meet the syllabus requirements for the BGAS-CSWIP Site Coatings Inspector examination

Certification

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What else should I know?

You MUST bring:
  • 2 passport sized photographs
  • A valid eyesight certificate from a doctor or an optician showing satisfactory eyesight for near vision, permitting reading a minimum of Times Roman N4, or equivalent type and size letters, at not less than 300mm on a standard test chart for near vision, in at least one eye, corrected or uncorrected. Candidates for the painting inspector will be required to have had a colour perception assessment by the Ishihara 24 plate test or an equivalent.
  • A completed application form and full examination fee


NOTE:
Renewal can only be made within three months of the expiry date. Any application received after three months of the expiry cannot be considered and can only be renewed by re-examination.

If the applicant is a holder of BGAS-CSWIP Paint Inspector Approval, it should be noted that day 1 of the syllabus will cover items which the applicant may be already conversant in and therefore attendance on these days (although strongly recommended) is entirely at their discretion. Course duration may then be only 4 days. However, should the applicant decide against attendance on this day, there will be no reduction in course fee.

Four-day training course with examinations on day 5, or for less experienced candidates there is the opportunity to take the examination the following week.

Important information regarding the new BGAS-CSWIP scheme


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum duration for industrial experience prior to or following success in the qualification examination is 1 month, showing knowledge of pipeline fabrication techniques, safe working practices, and a general understanding of coating application would be advantageous.

For more information on the BGAS-CSWIP scheme, please view the BGAS-CSWIP scheme document.

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