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Corrosion can be defined as the disintegration of a material into its constituent atoms due to chemical reactions with its surroundings. Corrosion can be concentrated locally to form a pit or crack, but can extend across a wide area to produce general deterioration. Because of this, industrial plants demand safe, reliable and well-controlled operational conditions. Equipment must be corrosion-resistant and carefully monitored to remain so.

In the fight against corrosion, the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) has been serving the corrosion science, technology and engineering community for almost 50 years. ICorr not only establishes and promotes sound corrosion management practices and cost effective corrosion control measures, it also works to raise corrosion awareness at all stages of design, fabrication and operation.

As corrosion can cause severe damage, it is essential that well-trained inspectors are able to detect it and minimize its effects. The Institute of Corrosion endorses a series of comprehensive and structured training programs covering essential aspects of the various disciplines within the areas of protective treatment inspection. All ICorr courses are based on ISO, EN and related international standards and meet the requirements of EN 45013 – the general criteria for certification bodies.

In cooperation with Argyll – Ruane Ltd, SGS China is extending its Non-Destructive Testing training courses and will offer the first Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) courses in October 2009. These courses are designed to prepare candidates for the Painting Inspector Level 1 examination and subsequently for the Coatings Inspector Level 2 examination.

Painting Inspector Level 1 will be offered as a single, 5-day course suitable for candidates with or without experience in industrial painting or inspection. If candidates successfully pass the Painting Inspector Level 1 examination, they can join the Coatings Inspector Level 2 examination, which takes 3 days and will follow immediately after the Painting Inspector course.

The Coatings Inspector Level 2 course requires 5 days and is suitable for all candidates. A 3-day version is available for ICorr Painting Inspectors who do not want to revisit the subject areas common to both Painting Inspection and Pipeline Coating Inspection.

Candidates who only wish to attend the Coating Inspector Level 2 course have to either successfully pass the Painting Level 1 examination or take the full 5-day Coating Inspector Level 2 course.

SGS China aims to offer the training in a cost effective way so that candidates are able to attend both courses. As the number of attendees in the courses is limited, candidates are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The following sessions have been scheduled in English (the course dates may vary by 1 or 2 days only):

MethodTraining DatesExamination dates
Painting Level 1 12-16th October 2009 17-18th October 2009
Coatings Inspector Level 2 19-22nd October 2009 23 October 2009

The courses and examinations will be conducted in English; however Chinese translators will be available during the training and examinations to assist where required. The course will be held at the SGS Training and Examination Center in the Pudong area of Shanghai, China.

Contact us for more information on Icorr Courses.

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The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 55,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.