QP FOR INSPECTION COMPANIES
SSPC-QP 5 CERTIFICATION PROGRAM, CERTIFICATION FOR COATING AND LINING INSPECTION COMPANIES
SSPC-QP 5 is a certification program for inspection companies that focuses on the industrial coating and lining industry. QP 5 evaluates an inspection company’s ability to provide consistent quality inspection of coatings & linings for its clients.
On a fundamental level, QP 5 provides support to both the owner and inspection company by requiring checks and balances that ensure a high level of quality inspection regardless of which individual inspector is working the job site. This level of quality is accomplished by inspection service providers adopting quality programs that include regular maintenance training for inspectors, quality and procedural standards, corporate internal auditing of inspection records, and accountability.
Consistency and accountability at all levels of the inspection service gives the owner knowledge that their project is not just being inspected, it is also reviewed and supported by the inspection company itself. Because of the QP 5 requirements, both owners and inspection companies have realized that: where there was once a gaping hole – QP 5 fits perfectly.
To be certified to QP 5, coating and lining inspection companies must demonstrate company standards in key areas:
- Management procedure
- Established inspection practice
- Systems of quality control
- Internal audit and review procedures
- Standards for qualifying and training personnel
- Policy for review and resolution of complaints
These key areas are evaluated first in form of submittals at the time of application, then confirmed through an impartial on-site audit at the headquarter offices of the coatings and lining inspection company.
The on-site audit criteria can be found in both the QP 5 application and the Self-evaluation Checklist. SSPC strongly advises using the checklist to be sure all areas are addressed prior to the on-site audit.
QP 5 Background
The QP 5 standard was approved in 1999. The certification program was released in September of 2001. The current QP-5 program is based on the 2012 revision of the QP 5 standard.
QP 5 is based on criteria established in the standard, SSPC-QP 5 “Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Coating and Lining Inspection Companies,” which is part of SSPC Qualification Procedure Standards developed through the SSPC consensus process. The QP 5 standard is available for purchase (free to SSPC Members) in the SSPC MarketPlace.