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Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1 Day (8 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $395, NonMember - $595
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: Yes

How to Register:

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Requirements for the Lead Paint Removal Refresher (C5): SSPC C3

Course Description

This one-day course provides a review of Competent Person duties and responsibilities in working with lead and other hazardous materials encountered in industrial coatings work. It also reviews relevant OSHA and EPA regulations.

Course Content

  • Competent Person Requirements
  • Health Effects / OSHA Health Standards
  • EPA Regulations
  • Overview of Containment and Ventilation
  • Regulatory Update

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the duties and responsibilities of a Competent Person in protecting workers, the community, and the environment in the removal of hazardous materials during industrial coatings projects.
  • Identify those OSHA and EPA regulations relevant to the removal of hazardous materials during industrial/marine coatings projects.

Course Format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes copies of relevant standards and regulations. The written exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs you must attend all 8 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

Who Should Attend

This course was designed to refresh Supervisors/Competent Persons who have completed the SSPC C3 training and who are experienced at performing Competent Person duties on hazardous paint removal projects on industrial structures or components in the shop or field. Engineers, EHS, and other consultants and specifying or project managers who have completed C3 may also attend.

Important Notes

The SSPC C5 Refresher Course is required to be completed:

  1. Annually for those people working with companies that are SSPC QP-2 certified, or on projects where the SSPC QP-2 certification is required or;
  2. SSPC recommends every two years for all others unless regulatory or contract requirements are more stringent.

Note: Check with the Department of Environment with your state for their specific requirements. Most states require a C5 refresher every two years.

Note: Virginia Department of Environment is every 3 years.

The SSPC reserves the right to allow a 90 day grace period after the 1 or 2 year time frame to allow students time to attend a refresher class.

State Supplements

For Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia state supplements are available with this course for an additional charge of $25 per state.

For information on State Supplements contact Phil Hall at hall@sspc.org or at 412-281-2331, ext 2241.

IMPORTANT: This SSPC course meets the requirements of state programs that require refresher training to maintain supervisor certification and meets QP 2 requirements for competent person refresher training certification

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 C5 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

To contact SSPC or to schedule a retake exam, please click here.


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Approved C5 Licensees

SSPC Training Courses are available through the following SSPC licensed training providers.