Originally Posted by rleffler
Like Mel stated, you're covered.
Where I ran into issues was for my IPC recurrent training. While I had the view limiting device on, the CFII is technically the PIC.
Where did you get such an idea? You can fly under the hood with a non-instrument rated private pilot as safety pilot. If you are responsible for the safe and legal operation of the airplane, you are PIC. Of course you must be current wrt BFR, and may not enter actual imc unless instrument current.