QP/AB Programs



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SSPC QP 8 Certification is a new program intended to be used by facility owners (or their protective coating specialists or specifying engineers) to ensure that contractors hired to install polymer coatings or surfacings on concrete and other cementitious surfaces in commercial, institutional and industrial facilities have the primary technical capabilities and organizational structure necessary to do the work.

Purchase the QP 8 standard here.

The objective of the program is to provide owners and their agents with a tool for prequalifying contractors who wish to bid on their projects. To achieve certification, companies are assessed in several key areas:

  • Management procedures
  • Technical knowledge
  • Quality control procedures
  • Personnel qualifications
  • Safety, health, and environmental compliance.

Companies seeking certification must also demonstrate their ability to:

  • Perform substrate evaluation, repair, and treatment
  • Conduct surface preparation operations
  • Install coatings and surfacings over concrete-based substrates
  • Implement their quality program in the field
  • Meet the conditions and restrictions specified by the owner.

These areas are first evaluated through a series of submittals describing the contractor's business operations. Then an impartial, on-site audit of a representative active job-site is performed to verify that the programs and practices are being implemented and used. Companies that fail to meet the standards of the program are subject to disciplinary actions ranging from a basic warning to suspension and revocation of their certification.

The SSPC QP 8 Certification Program does not involve inspection of the contractor's work. The program is also not intended to guarantee the quality or safety performance of a specific contractor on any of its projects. Rather, it is intended to assist facility owners or others in their evaluation of potential bidders. While SSPC certification confirms a company's capability to meet the requirements of SSPC QP 8, owners, specifiers and general contractors are encouraged to also assess the installation contractor's financial ability to perform a job as well as the contractor's previous work history, capability to meet site-specific requirements and other areas not covered under this program.

Additional information can be found in the links in the box on the left side of this page:

  • Applications / Program Rules for Certification
  • Audit Checklist
  • Auditor Evaluation Survey
  • Contractor Performance Form
  • DAC
  • Job Notification Form
  • List of Owners Known to Require Certified Contractors
  • Technical Standards Library Requirements