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SSPC, IMM Sign Historic Cooperation Agreement

March 17, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings and the Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) are pleased to announce that they have signed an historic agreement for IMM to provide SSPC training in Malaysia.

The agreement is exclusive for IMM in Malaysia and includes licensing of the following SSPC certification programs:

  • Surface Preparation and Paint Application for Power Tool Cleaning and Brush and Roll Paint Applicators (C6)
  • Abrasive Blasting Program (C7)
  • Spray Application Certification (C12)
  • Coating Applicator Specialist Level 1 (CAS Level 1)
  • Coating Applicator Specialist Certification Program (CAS Level 2 Interim Status)
  • Coating Applicator Specialist Certification Program (CAS Level 2 Full Status)

The SSPC certifications will replace programs previously used by IMM. All participants in the programs must meet the same pre-requisites as in the United States. Also as part of the agreement, IMM will translate the SSPC materials into Bahasa Malaysia.

Petronas, the national oil company of Malaysia, has already included SSPC C7 and C12 in their paint specifications. Craftworkers on Petronas projects in Malaysia are required to be certified by either IMM or SSPC. Under a transition program, workers who have been previously certified under IMM will be certified with SSPC over the next few years.

According to SSPC Executive Director Bill Worms, “We are excited to formalize this agreement with IMM. The synergy between our organizations and our similar goals to train and educate the industrial coatings workforce made the idea of aligning our programs relatively easy.”

Added En. Mohamad Azmi Mohd Noor, President of IMM, “We have been discussing this possibility with SSPC for some time. It’s a great opportunity to bring such widely recognized programs to the workforce in Malaysia. We look forward to a long relationship between our organizations.”

The signing ceremony was held at the Malaysian Petroleum Club in Kula Lumpur City Centre on Friday, March 17th, between Mr. Worms and En. Noor. Special guests in attendance included En. Chen Kah Seong, Vice President, Centre of Excellence, Development and Production, Petronas Upstream and SSPC Board Member Mana Al Mansour, Chairman of Saudi Aramco Coating Standards Committee and SSPC Saudi Chapter Chairman.

(Pictured from left: Muhammad Hawari Hasan, Mohamad Azmi Mohd Noor, Bill Worms, Bob McMurdy)

About SSPC
SSPC was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council. It’s mission is to inspire learning, advance knowledge, and elevate performance in the industry through training, certification, and education of the workforce, communication of advances in technology, and promotion of the use of protective coatings. SSPC is the leading source for information on surface preparation, coatings selection, coatings application, environmental regulations, and health and safety issues that affect the protective coatings industry. For more information, visit www.sspc.org.

About IMM
Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) is a non-profit professional society that promotes honourable practice, professional ethics and encourages education in materials science, technology and engineering. Engineers, academicians, technicians, skilled workers and professionals are amongst its members exceeding 5,000.

Registered with the Registrar of Societies on 6th November 1987, the Malaysian Materials Science & Technology Society (MMS) changed its name to the Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM) on 16th June 1997. The objectives of the IMM include the training and development of individuals and companies in Malaysia to attain professional recognition in various fields of materials science, technology and engineering. For more information, visit http://iomm.org.my/.