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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. Check out SSPC’s A-Z line of programs.

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. Click here to see the Current Training Schedule.

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 or click here to request a proposal for on-site training.


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 Curing
-Detecting, Removing, and Overcoating Soluble Salts
-Thermal Spray Coatings
-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?
Check our training schedule for the latest public dates and locations. 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)
•    Applicator Training Basics 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, please contact Ernie Szoke at 412. 281.2331, ext 2214, szoke@sspc.org or visit www.sspc.org/membership.

To redeem your flexible benefits points for training, please contact Nicole Lourette at 412.281.2331, Ext 2204 or

I need a class outside the United States?
SSPC works globally to enhance the coatings industry; runs education, training and chapter events all over the world. SSPC offers classes in the following countries:

-United Arab Emirates

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 eCourses are perfect for those students who are unable to attend a regular public offering. eCourses feature the same units that are used in in-person classes. Each unit has been converted into a series of web pages that students can access whenever it is convenient to them. 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 eCourses Offered?
New eCourses start on the 15th of each month throughout the year. Each semester is 20 weeks (5 months). Students can work at their own pace over the 20-week period to complete the units, workshops, and quizzes. The final exam is also completed online.

Why listen in on an SSPC/JPCL Webinar?
The Webinar Series presented by SSPC and Paintsquare is FREE to everyone. Want to advance in your career, but you’re too busy and don’t have the time to devote to a week-long class? Then take a webinar. The webinars are designed to keep you abreast of the latest industry trends, developments and technology - all from the comfort of your home or office.

For more information go to: www.paintsquare.com/education/index.cfm

Register at www.paintsquare.com/sspc

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:

Check out this link for more information: http://www.sspc.org/Free-Funding

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

Contact Dee Boyle to schedule:
412.281.2331, Ext 2202 • boyle@sspc.org

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 visit our website at: http://www.sspc.org/DoD_Training/


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

On the SSPC homepage www.sspc.org you can do a search of certified individuals.