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Developing an Effective Coating Specification (DEV CTG SPEC)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 3 Days (24 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $695, NonMember - $895
Credits: 2.4 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

How to Register:

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Course Description

This course presents an overview of the logical and systematic development of coating specifications, building upon CSI specification writing knowledge. It reviews a wide range of concerns that can affect project success and presents a checklist for developing coating specifications.

Course Content

  • The Contracting Environment
  • CSI Spec. Fundamentals & Methodology
  • The Coating Specification
  • Specification Planning
  • Submittals
  • Work Plans
  • Materials
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Application
  • Inspection and Documentation
  • Project Closeout
  • QC/QA
  • Corrective Action (CA)

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize and implement best practices for preparing and administering a quality specification for application of high performance coating and lining systems to protect industrial structures.

Course Format

SSPC Developing an Effective Coating Specification course focuses on the technical requirements to consider when preparing specifications for coating work with an emphasis on steel and concrete industrial and marine structures.

Various interactive exercises and unit quizzes supplement and reinforce the lecture and text, giving students practice in analyzing key coating specification areas. Student progress is assessed with a final exam.

The written exam consists of multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEU’s, you must attend all 24 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

Who Should Attend

Experienced specification writers who want enhanced knowledge of coating specifications; coating program managers who want to learn more about coating specifications.

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC's DEV CTG SPEC Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

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

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