Training & Certification


SSPC Training FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions About SSPC Training

What kind of training courses does SSPC offer?
SSPC offers courses designed to benefit coatings professionals, whether they are contractors involved in surface preparation and paint application, or engineers, inspectors, consultants, facility owners and salespeople involved in other aspects of the business. SSPC courses are designed to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the intricacies involved in planning and executing industrial painting projects.


When does SSPC offer these courses?
SSPC offers its training/certification programs in various locations around the World. We are publicly offering over 400 of training and certification programs throughout the year. Courses are offered in conjunction with our national conference and are offered by several licensees and SSPC local chapters.


Does SSPC offer private courses for large groups at client facilities?
Yes. Every SSPC course can be given on-site to a private or public employer. Please contact Jennifer Merck at 412.281.2331 ext. 2221 for more information about this program.


Are there any other types of classes or learning opportunities that SSPC offers?

Yes. SSPC has a long list of Workshops that we've developed to provide an overview of specialty subjects. Some of these are listed here:

  • Failure Analysis
  • Water Jetting
  • Coating Inspection Instruments and Standards
  • Respirator Protection Programs
  • Coatings for Secondary Containment
  • Plural Component Spray Equipment
  • Concrete Evaluation and Repair
  • Coating Underground Pipelines and Storage Facilities
  • Controlling Humidity and Temperature for Abrasive Blasting, Coating and uring
  • Detecting, Removing, and Overcoating Soluble Salts
  • Thermal Spray Coating
  • Industrial Paint Estimating
  • Assessing Your Company's Structure and Financial Health

How will these courses help me?
In a couple of ways. First of all, SSPC's courses will enhance your overall coatings knowledge and help you do your job better. Second, when you get involved with SSPC, you're tapping into a vast network of knowledge that expands exponentially every year. Our members represent such a broad crossection of industry that if there is an answer that you need to a coatings question, we'll find it.


Where can I take a course?
Find courses in the SSPC MarkePlace to see when and where they're being offered. For a private course, please contact Jennifer Merck.


OK, I'm almost sold. How much does it cost?
Course prices are listed on each course description page.


How can I use my Corporate Membership flexible benefit points?
SSPC makes membership even more valuable to company members through the ability to customize a benefits package to suit their particular needs. If training your work force is a priority for your company, you can use your flexible benefits points to lower the cost and increase the return on your investment.

SSPC company members can use their “Flex” points to get additional discounts ($200 off per course) or get the below online training for FREE!

Fundamentals of Protective Coatings (C1) eCourse — (15 Points = Free Course)
Planning/Specifying Coatings Projects (C2) Ecourse — (15 Points = Free Course)
Marine Coating eCourse — (15 Points = Free Course)
Quality Control Supervisor eCourse — (6 Points= Free Course)
Surface Preparation of Steel Prior to Coating Application eCourse — (3 Points= Free Course)
Surface Preparation of Concrete Prior to Coating Application eCourse — (3 Points= Free Course)
Surface Preparation of Nonferrous Metals eCourse — (3 Points= Free Course)

For information on SSPC Membership or to redeem your Flexible Benefit points, please contact SSPC Member Services at 412-281-2331, customerservice@sspc.org or visit the SSPC Membership section.


I need a class outside the United States?
SSPC works globally to enhance the coatings industry by holding education, training and chapter events all over the world. SSPC offers classes in many different countries. For more information, please contact Jennifer Merck at merck@sspc.org.


How do I recertify for SSPC Certification Programs?
All SSPC-certified professionals must periodically renew their certifications. SSPC has now made this renewal process easier, by placing its renewal exams online. Coatings professionals, certified in the various programs, will be notified by mail in plenty of time to complete their renewals. Specific information on each programs recertification process can be found on each course description page.

Please contact Silvia Palmieri (palmieri@sspc.org) or 877-281-7772 ext 2201 for more information.


Why take an online training class?
The e-courses are perfect for those students who are unable to attend a regular public offering. E-courses feature the same content that is used in in-person classes. Each unit has been converted into an electronic format that students can access whenever it is convenient to them, via a computer or mobile device. After completing each quiz, students receive instant feedback to aid in the learning process. Workshops are designed to encourage interactivity among students and the instructor.


How Often are the E-courses Offered?
SSPC e-courses are delivered on-demand, so they begin whenever you're ready! Students have 16 weeks to complete an online course once it has been started. Students can work at their own pace over the 16-week period to complete the units, workshops, and quizzes. The final exam is also completed online.


What is the benefit to participating in an SSPC webinar?
The SSPC Webinar Series is FREE to everyone. Webinars focus on key information that allow busy professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, developments and technology - all from the comfort of your home or office.

For more information or to register, please visit: http://www.sspc.org/trn-webinars


How can I host a SSPC Public Offering?
If you want to host an SSPC training course at your facility, please contact Jennifer Merck at merck@sspc.org.

What does it mean to host a SSPC Public Offering?
If you host an SSPC public offering you are allowing people from the coatings industry to come and take an SSPC Training Class at your facility.

  • You can pick the date of the offiering.
  • You will also get two free slots in the class.

The following are some of the responsibilities that you would have if you hosted a course.

  • Find a location for the training
  • Provide AV equipment
  • Recommend a hotel
  • Provide On-Site Administration for the Course
  • Provide coffee or refreshments for the students
  • Help do the marketing for the event

SSPC Will Provide:
  • Provide 1 Set of Course Material
  • Provide 1 Set of the Power Point on CD ROM
  • Grade Exams
  • Generate and Issue Certificates/CEUs
  • Take all of the registrations
  • Provide instructors for the courses

Does SSPC have any Free Funding to register for your training programs?

Yes we do, we have funding through:

  • DOD
  • Veterans/li>
  • Scholarships

Check out this link for more information.


How can I retake an exam?

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Inspection Plan Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Practial Exam Retake Fee: $200 member; $300 non-member

To schedule, please visit this page: http://www.sspc.org/trn-contacts


How can I take advantage of the DoD Funding?

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Air Force personnel in SSPC Training and Certification Programs. For more information on how to take advantage of attending the courses for free, contact Jennifer Merck at 877. 281.7772, ext 2221 or merck@sspc.org or click here.


How do I find out who is currently certified in each of your certification programs?

Visit SSPC.org and search right on center of the homepage.