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Basics of Steel Surface Preparation eCourse

Level: Basic
Duration: 8-Hours, Includes Course Exam
Class Times: N/A
Cost: Member $195, Non-Member $295, Flex Points 3
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: N/A

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

Contact Kelly Oakes to schedule
Phone: (877) 281-7772 ext. 2215
Email: oakes@sspc.org

How to Register:

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Current Offerings

  • January 15
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 15
  • May 15
  • June 15
  • July 15
  • August 15
  • September 15
  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15

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
  • SSPCís 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.

How Often are the eCourses Offered?

SSPC eCourses start on the 15th of each month throughout the year. Students can work at their own pace over the 20-week period to complete the units. The actual time to complete the short course is 8 hours, but you have 20 weeks to complete the eight hours of material. The final exam is also completed online.

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.

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