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Using SSPC-PA 2 Effectively (PA 2)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: Half Day (6 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: Member - $250, NonMember - $350
Credits: 0.5 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

How to Register:

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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 should be 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.

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.

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 PA 2 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

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).

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

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