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Basics of Steel Surface Preparation eCourse (BSSP)

Level: Basic
Duration: 16 Week Seminar (estimated completion time: 8 hours)
Class Times: n/a
Cost: Member - $195, NonMember - $295, Flex Points -3
Credits: n/a
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

How to Register

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Course Description

This course defines surface preparation for steel through a brief review of the steps involved. It then provides an overview of abrasive blast cleaning, hand-and-power-tool cleaning, and waterjetting and the associated standards referenced when these methods are used to prepare steel for the application of protective coatings.

Course Content

  • Surface Preparation: A Three-Step Process
  • Evaluating Job Site Conditions
  • Evaluating the Initial Condition of the Steel Surface
  • Using SSPC VIS 1
  • Recognizing and Repairing Surface Imperfections
  • Recognizing and Removing Surface Contaminants
  • Abrasives and Abrasive Standards
  • SSPC Dry Abrasive Blast Cleaning Standards
  • SSPC Hand and Power Tool Standards
  • SSPC's Waterjetting Standard

Benefits of Completing This eCourse

After completing this brief course, you'll recognize the basic steps in the steel surface preparation process and what needs to be done to achieve the level of cleaning described in the cleanliness standard specified by the job specification (contract).

Course Format

SSPC's Basics of Steel Surface Preparation eCourse features 10 units as a series of web pages that students can access whenever it is convenient to them. After completing the 20-question exam online, students receive their final grade immediately.

Who Should Attend

Anyone unfamiliar with steel surface preparation work who wants to learn more about the techniques and terminology used.

To learn more about surface preparation of steel, SSPC's C7: Dry Abrasive Blaster Certification Program is highly recommended. SSPC's C13 UHP Waterjetter Certification Program covers waterjetting in greater depth. In addition, many of the topics covered here and further information about protective coatings are addressed in more detail in SSPC's C1 Fundamentals of Protective Coatings for Industrial Structures, which is also available as an e-course as well as an in-person program.

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

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General eCourse Information

SSPC online training courses are available on-demand. In other words, learners can sign up whenever they are ready and their online training will be available upon enrollment. Learners can work at their own pace over a 16-week period to complete each component of their online training, including a final exam.


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