Last Updated Sept. 2, 2020

As discussions between SSPC and NACE have proceeded, and information has been released to members, many important questions have been asked of the task group and staff of each organization. Those frequently asked questions have been summarized here for your review. If these FAQs do not answer questions that you have, please visit the SSPC-NACE Feedback page and submit them to us so we can share them with the task group.

These FAQ relating to the proposed combination are informational only and will be updated from time to time in connection with same.

Both NACE and SSPC have robust, longstanding and internationally recognized certification and accreditation programs. We recognize the value that professionals and employers place on the credentials, and the pride displayed by the people and companies who earn them. The NACE-SSPC Task Group is focused on minimizing the disruption to the industry while maintaining overall program quality and continuity.  To that end, the task group has agreed to the following:

  • All current certification and accreditation programs will continue to be recognized and supported throughout the combination process. 
  • Where there are certification or accreditation programs that overlap, a member task force will be created to evaluate the programs and make recommendations to a program committee. 
  • Existing certification holders will be allowed to recertify into the continuing program.
  • Financial burden or economic impact to certified and accredited parties should be minimized
Would membership dues and certification costs increase?2020-08-27T16:05:22+00:00

Our goal is to hold dues flat and offer tiers of membership that offer a varying range of benefits. The certification costs are currently very close, but any price changes will be discussed by a task group after the vote.

What impact would combining have on NACE CIP Level 1 or a SSPC PCI Level 1?2020-08-27T16:04:59+00:00

Individuals who are currently certified will continue to be certified in those respective programs and they’ll renew under those respective programs until the member task group working on certifications comes together and looks at these overlapping areas. It’s possible the task group may decide to bring these certifications together so by the time people need to review they would renew into “NewOrg’s” equivalent of these programs. At this time, it’s not clear what that would look like or how that would work.

Will people get to keep their certification number?2020-08-27T16:04:10+00:00

In the short-term those numbers would be retained. It would be up to the membership group to determine what to do in the long-term but based on how important those numbers are to those who have them, it’s likely the member group will aim to keep them as is.

What will happen to SSPC programs like CAS, PCI and QP or NACE Institute programs like CCA, CIP and NIICAP? Will they eventually be combined with the overlapping products from the other organization?2020-03-06T19:21:29+00:00

Each organization’s position as an innovator and market-driver is what sets us apart from competitors, and it’s one of the things that has attracted attention and spurred these discussions. As part of our due diligence, we will examine the products of both organizations and where there is overlap, bring together the best of both overlapping certifications. It’s too early to know what the result will be, but we’ll work to make it as easy as possible for certification holders and accredited companies to transition to whatever new format we develop. We’re in this to do what’s best for the member and customer, so we’re aiming for a result that is better for them.

 The following programs have been identified as having overlap and will be reviewed by a member task force:

  • Coatings Inspector Certification Program
    • Protective Coatings Inspector (PCI) (SSPC)
    • Coating Inspector Program (CIP) (NACE Institute)
  • Coating Applicator Certification Program
    • Coating Application Specialist (CAS) (SSPC)
    • Certified Coating Applicator (CCA) (NACE Institute)
  • Contractor Accreditation Program
    • Qualification Procedure (QP/PCCP) (SSPC)
    • Contractor Accreditation Program (NIICAP) (NACE Institute)
  • Protective Coatings Specialist Certification[HS1] 
    • Protective Coatings Specialist (SSPC)
    • Protective Coatings Specialist (NACE Institute)
When will I renew my certification if it is being combined with another program?2020-03-06T19:20:44+00:00

The initial recertification date will remain consistent and be applicable within the continuing program. Your next recertification date won’t change. As the member teams work to combine the certification programs they will determine the recertification periods going forward.

What will happen to my certification(s)?2020-03-06T19:20:17+00:00

The organizations are discussing the possibility of combining any overlapping certification programs, e.g. Protective Coatings Inspector (SSPC) and Coating Inspector Program (NACE Institute). Certified individuals will retain their certifications during the transition period, as long as the current renewal requirements are met; after the transition period, individuals will be allowed to recertify into the continuing certification. Both organizations agree there should be little to no cost impact to cardholders as a result of any program changes.

The new organization would retain the same “hybrid” structure that both organizations currently have which includes the option of individual or corporate membership. Memberships would be rolled over into the new organization, and student and young professional discounts would remain.

Would membership dues and certification costs increase?2020-08-27T16:06:56+00:00

Our goal is to hold dues flat and offer tiers of membership that offer a varying range of benefits. The certification costs are currently very close, but any price changes will be discussed by a task group after the vote.

If I am a dual member of NACE/SSPC, when will I have to renew my membership?2020-03-06T19:25:26+00:00

When a dual member is transferred to NewOrg, they will become a Premium individual member for the duration of whichever membership term is longer. (e.g. If the existing NACE membership ends February 1, 2021 and SSPC membership ends June 1, 2021. On January 1, 2021, they will be transferred over to be a NewOrg Premium member, and then they will renew June 1, 2021 as a NewOrg member)

Please explain the proposed value-based approach and tiered options for membership in the combined organizations.2020-03-06T19:24:55+00:00

*NOTE: “NewOrg” and “NewOrg Institute” are not proposed names for a combined organization, they are temporary placeholders. 

  • Members will become “NewOrg” members and will have full access to “NewOrg” and “NewOrg Institute” offerings, including equal voting and volunteer rights and privileges in both organizations. A hybrid structure will be maintained, thus including individual and corporate membership options. Both individual and corporate membership options will be value-based with members being able to choose a level of benefit and corresponding dues. Upon combination, all current NACE and SSPC individual members will become members of “NewOrg” at the highest tier level. 
  • There would be two tiers for individual members, Core and Premium. The Premium tiers would include more of the value-added offerings such as a select number of  standards downloads, products from the Digital Library, and subscriptions to publications. Existing individual members of NACE and SSPC would be automatically added to “NewOrg” Premium Individual Membership for the remainder of their current membership term starting on January 1, 2021. At the end of their current membership term, individual members would be able to choose to renew at either the Premium or Core level of membership. 
  • There will be four membership categories for qualifying individuals:
    1) Individual membership with a choice between a Premium or Core tier.
    2) Students members will have access to a free Premium membership while in college, university, or trade school.
    3) Young Professionals, new members that join under the age of 35 years old, will have access to Premium membership at a 50% discount for their first three years. Student and Young Professional membership options are intended to provide maximum exposure to the benefits of membership.
    4) Lifetime membership for members 65 years of age or older with at least 15 years of continuous membership in NACE, SSPC, and/or “NewOrg.” Lifetime members will have the option of being Lifetime Core or Lifetime Premium members in exchange for a lump-sum fee structure.
  • There will be a three-tiered, value-based corporate membership structure; thus, the higher the corporate membership, the more benefits and exposure the company will receive. Benefits include, but are not limited to, free individual memberships, conference registrations, and prominent marketing exposure at conferences, training workshops, and online. 
What will happen to Sections & Areas?2020-09-01T21:14:08+00:00

Because NACE and SSPC have very different models and approaches to Sections and Chapters and there are emerging models within the association community that are appealing, the task force chose to leave it to the new boards to decide how these will be formed.  In the meantime, the current chapters and sections will continue to serve our members and their local communities. In areas where we currently have both NACE Sections and SSPC chapters, we hope they will begin working together.

What benefits would members stand to gain/lose?2020-03-06T19:22:48+00:00

No decisions have been made to discontinue existing member benefits, but both organizations agree that the best benefits of each organization will be carried over so members of each organization would stand to gain some new benefits.

What happens to members who’ve been with one organization longer than the other?2020-03-06T19:22:23+00:00

Membership tenure of any individuals would be carried over and if a member has been involved with both organizations, the longer term of their two memberships would be applied.

How will a combined association be accessible and inclusive to all audiences, regardless of their level of education, training and experience?2020-03-06T19:21:54+00:00

The asset protection industry needs professionals of various levels of formal education, technical training, and practical experience. The combined association will exemplify the diversity of the industry and work to maintain it.

What are the non-overlapping programs of the two organizations? That is what are the complementary programs that the organization will add to itself?2020-08-27T16:12:11+00:00

The it wasn’t functions that were overlapping it was just a few key programs or a few key sub pieces of an overall program that overlap so nice will continue to have its cathodic protection education certification scheme version all of the let’s say non coatings specific programs we’re not shifting to become a coatings organization we’re strengthening the overall industry by bringing coatings where we combined together I think has a lot of synergies specific coatings but I think as Doug said having a stronger voice by having a larger membership and more a better respected position both globally with respect to standards development organizations with respect to different government entities or other professional societies when we come to have conversations or were established working relationships I’m not sure if I answered your question at work this is Terry I would just kind of add a little bit to he think about we’re all in the corrosion prevention business right ideally and coatings is a huge part of that but it’s not the only so now we look at the combined organization encompasses most all aspects control and prevention so I think that’s really now we’re united voice of united front and how we address to industry how we deal with the corrosion issues and provide hopefully the best solutions in the prevention of corrosion.

What will happen to my certification?2020-03-06T19:28:30+00:00

All certifications will still be valid following the combination of the organizations. Member-led task groups will determine what, if any, changes would happen with regard to certifications, including renewals related to overlapping programs.

What will happen to the training facilities used by both organizations?2020-03-06T19:28:05+00:00

The current expectation is that training facilities will remain operational, and the combined organizations will optimize the use of all the facilities.

Will instructors still be able to teach the courses they currently teach?2020-03-06T19:27:41+00:00

Yes. Instructors will still be able to teach the courses that they’re currently approved to teach. If they want to become approved for additional courses, they will need training to address differences in course material.

Will instructors have to go through any additional training if the organizations combine?2020-03-06T19:27:12+00:00

Yes. But this would occur whether the organizations are joined or not, as both NACE and SSPC are committed to regular updates and improvements to their education programs. As part of these efforts, ongoing instructor training is important. As to specific training required as a result of combined programs, it would not take place immediately, but once overlapping courses and training programs have been combined, instructors will receive training focused on any areas that did not previously overlap.

Will existing training licenses and agreements continue to be in effect in a combined association?2020-03-06T19:26:47+00:00

The intent is to continue engaging with existing licensees and instructors to meet the anticipated growth in demand of training and education programs.

How and when will courses be integrated and who will guide the process?2020-03-06T19:26:17+00:00

Changes to courses would not be made in the short-term. Member-led task groups composed of subject matter experts and staff will determine how overlapping programs will be affected and will be tasked with ensuring the best of both programs is incorporated into the final product.

What will happen to current initiatives related to updating and upgrading existing educational programs?2020-03-06T19:25:51+00:00

If the decision is made to combine NACE and SSPC, all current efforts focused on the improvement and advancement of courses and training will continue under each organization without interruption until the combination is complete. Once completed, these initiatives will continue within the new organizations.

NACE and SSPC have developed industry-respected standards that are referenced worldwide. In fact, the organizations have worked together on multiple standards over the years, including 15 joint standards, 2 joint visual guides, and 6 joint technical papers.

In considering a combined organization, members leading these discussions have agreed that this is an opportunity to renew focus on developing standards that meet the needs of the entire international community of members, asset protection professionals and corporations. By working together the associations can streamline the process of standards development, adoption, and implementation for the entire industry.

As a member of both organizations, to garner NACE documentation or standards, we generally have to pay for them after so many in a year, SSPC I do not have to pay for them as a member. How will this be handled?2020-08-27T16:13:31+00:00

We anticipate the various membership tiers will provide different levels of access to services, and different levels may provide varying access to standards.

What will happen with test methods/standards where there are two separate documents for NACE/SSPC?2020-08-27T16:12:58+00:00

Ideally over the long-term an effort would be made to try to harmonize those standards where we can. It would be more efficient than have competing standards and maintaining those standards and all the effort and administration that goes into maintaining them.  In a case where there is a specific standard that has a strong regulatory or specification impact or is written into government legislation, the approach would be to take a careful and thorough look at the standard to see what can or can’t be changed.

How will existing standards be treated with relation to maintenance and revisions?2020-03-06T19:30:03+00:00

If the decision is made to create a combined organization, existing standards will continue to be maintained according to current processes and procedures. There will be an opportunity to reconfigure the standards writing and revision process to make it more efficient, so standards development may be quicker, more efficient, and responsive to industry changes.

In order to advance the next generation of industry standards and best practices, top technical expertise needs a forum and framework to bring emerging theory in asset protection into practice. By joining forces both organizations would potentially create that forum.

How would the new organization combine overlapping standards?2020-03-06T19:29:18+00:00

In order to efficiently combine the best of any overlapping NACE and SSPC programs, a model has been considered which consists of the development of member-led program committees which would be responsible for providing recommendations and planning support to staff for distinct programmatic areas such as standards development.

Both NACE and SSPC standards and programs would have a board liaison responsible for providing strategic guidance to the program committee and reporting progress back to the board.

If I am member of both organizations do I get two votes, one with each organization?2020-08-27T16:16:30+00:00

Yes. Your opinion is important and counts to both organizations. You will receive separate ballots from NACE and SSPC via email.

What is weight of vote of members vs. the BOD?2020-08-27T16:16:02+00:00

For the member votes of each organization it’s a simple majority. There has not been a specific discussion of the weight of either the member or board vote, but if the membership does not want to move forward the board(s) would take that into account and regroup to discuss the path forward.

If members vote against any changes, what would happen next?2020-03-06T19:38:23+00:00

Both organizations have been working together and acting in good faith with the shared desire to do what is best for the members of both organizations and the industry at large. If the members choose not to combine, the transaction will not be implemented as proposed.

How will the member vote take place and what are the requirements for the member vote?2020-03-06T19:37:53+00:00

The member vote will be hosted online through a company called Simply Voting. On April 3, all members of NACE and SSPC will receive an email from “” announcing the vote. Members will have until April 17 to vote. The requirement is for a simple majority of the NACE membership and the SSPC membership.

Will there be information for the membership to review before the vote?2020-03-06T19:37:00+00:00

Yes. We will combine the information from the multiple communications that have been sent out and the information will be available on our website and a link to the information will be provided when members go to vote online.

How do you plan to ensure that NACE and SSPC do not lose their position in Europe’s coatings certification market?2020-08-27T16:57:44+00:00

We’ve seen many programs in Europe trying to undermine NACE’s Cathodic Protection certifications, and more recently our CIP certifications. NACE and SSPC together would be a strong combination that can not only protect those certifications, but also help them flourish in Europe and beyond.

What kind of international focus will the new organization have?2020-08-27T16:19:42+00:00

When the task group came together to discuss the possibility of combining addressing international participation and representation was an important consideration. The team brought in one of NACE’s international directors to provide a balanced perspective. In planning, the group ensured the advisory councils will have international members and representation on the nominating committee. With nearly 45% of NACE membership based outside the U.S., both NACE and SSPC recognize there are many opportunities for global growth. Together NACE and SSPC have a strong core in North America and well-established infrastructure to support more stakeholders worldwide.

Are there some aspects of NACE that will move over to the “NewOrg Institute?”2020-08-27T16:19:13+00:00

For those that are familiar with how NACE is organized today we have several administrative committees such as publications, education, conferences, standards and technical research that are considered activity committees. Those would move to the “NewOrg Institute” which is still the C3 so nice as the C3 organization today Newark Institute be the C3 organization after combination bam ultimately the vast majority of the activities that happen under the C3 today will still happen under the C3 after the after the combination.

Peace to that up if you look at the way nature structured today with the NACE International and the nation Institute based international is C3 nations the new organization will be structured in the same way what’s a little confusing is the term we chose of NewOrg Institute becomes a C3 in Newark is the C6 but in essence the new organization would be structured very very similar to the way nations structured today the activities that currently reside in RC6 residing in the C6 of the new organization and activities that are currently in RC3 residing in the activities of the C3 of the new organization .

How do you plan to ensure that NACE and SSPC do not lose their position in Europe’s coatings certification market?2020-08-27T16:18:46+00:00

We’ve seen many programs in Europe trying to undermine NACE’s Cathodic Protection certifications, and more recently our CIP certifications. NACE and SSPC together would be a strong combination that can not only protect those certifications, but also help them flourish in Europe and beyond.

What will happen to each organization’s annual conference? Would they be combined?2020-09-01T21:36:50+00:00

Both organizations have mapped their conferences for the next few years and there may be co