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SSPC and NACE Develop Joint Standard for the Qualification and Certification of Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialists

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (Pittsburgh PA) and NACE International (Houston TX) have developed a joint qualification standard titled "Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist Qualification and Certification." This new standard states the requirements for individual professional qualification and certification as it pertains to surface preparation and coating application for steel and concrete surfaces of complex industrial structures.


This new SSPC/NACE joint standard is designed to qualify an individual application specialist through a broad range of classroom instruction, hand on skills assessment, and associated work experiences. The standard may be used to develop programs for the education, training, certification, or assessment of coating applicators. It can also be used to validate a potential candidate’s knowledge and skill level based on qualification in a certification program operated under this standard.


Unlike SSPC Qualifications Procedure (QP) standards, which state requirements for evaluating coating and lining contractors and inspection companies, this new joint standard states requirements for evaluating the individual coating application specialist. The standard provides criteria for evaluating the application specialist in several key areas, including environmental, safety, and health; process control; materials; surface preparation; and application.


Although SSPC offers training and certification programs for coatings professionals who plan, specify, manage and inspect coatings projects, the program outlined by the new joint standard "Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist Qualification and Certification" is the first of its kind to award recognition to the art and craftsmanship of the industrial coating applicator.


Further details regarding the use and implementation of the standard will be issued by both organizations as they become available. In the meantime, please contact SSPC Standards Development Specialist Aimée Beggs with any questions.