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Using SSPC PA 2 Effectively (PA 2)

Level: Basic
Duration: Half Day / 6 Hours, Includes Course Exam
Class Time: 8:00 - 2:00
Cost: Member $250, Non-member $350
Credits: 0.5 CEUs
Certification Terms: N/A
Prerequisites: No

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

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Course Description

This half-day workshop summarizes and explains the key highlights of SSPC PA 2: Measurement of Dry Coating Thickness with Magnetic Gauges. Students will learn to verify the accuracy of a DFT magnetic gauge; measure the DFT of a coating with Type 1 or Type 2 gauge; and describe and implement the procedure to determine if the film thickness in a given area conforms to the maximum and minimum levels specified.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the Standard and Key Definitions
  • Gauge Types and Principles for Use
  • Calibration and Verification of Accuracy
  • Measurement

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be better able to:

  • Operate PA 2 gauges
  • Verify gauge accuracy
  • Calculate sampling rates for DFT measurement to determine if a project is in conformance

Course Format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes references for additional reading, and copies of relevant handouts, standards, and regulations.

The written exam is a one-hour exam that consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 4 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

The class includes a lecture overview of the essential elements of working with the SSPC PA 2 standard, combined with workshops on verifying gauge accuracy and operating PA 2 gauges and judging project conformance with the PA 2 standard.

Who Should Attend

Those who inspect coating and lining applications on industrial steel structures.

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What’s a good course to take after you have completed the Navigating Standard Item 009-32?

Check out the: NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector (NBPI), Protective Coatings Inspector Program (PCI) or Bridge Coating Inspector Program (BCI).


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