I often get asked what’s the difference between training and certification and how does certification work. I have tried to keep this article as simple as possible but please feel free to contact me if you or your company is looking for a certification scheme that is recognised globally.
Training is the platform to gain knowledge or skills and can be proven by means of guided assessment however, this does not mean that it meets the requirements of ISO17024, the standard for certification. Certification can only be conducted by a third party approved assessor who have no relationship with the candidate. No coaching can be done during the assessment and it is totally closed book.
SSPC Train the painter is our training scheme and has been assessed and accredited by Lloyds Register against the contents of the NACE/SSPC standard practice for industrial coating and lining application qualification certification (SSPC-ACS-1/NACE No13). All SSPC Train the painter courses are accredited by Lloyds Register.
Train the painter’s certification body is SSPC who are the Society of Protective Coatings based in Pittsburgh USA. SSPC work with a governance body – International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) who audit their certification processes and procedures.
The route to certification with SSPC Train the painter is as follows;
- The applicator successfully completes the accredited training to a designated level. This must be conducted by an approved SSPC Train the painter trainer to one or more of the following levels below.
- A) Protective coating application
- B) Abrasive blast cleaning
- C) Spray painting.
- The candidate must apply to SSPC Train the painter to be assessed against one or more of the following for full certification.
SSPC C6 Applicator programme. The pre requisite for this is completion of A above. The applicator must also possess a minimum of 1600 hours industry experience. SSPC C6 has a theoretical and practical examination.
SSPC C7 Abrasive Blaster programme. The pre requisite for this is completion of B above. The blaster must also possess an additional 800 hours blasting experience. SSPC C7 has a theoretical and practical examination.
SSPC C12 Spray Application programme. The pre requisite for this is completion of C above. The sprayer must also possess an additional 800 hours spray experience. SSPC C12 has a theoretical and practical examination.
CAS (Coating Applicator Specialist) Level 1 and 2 multi skill certification. The pre requisite is completion of A, B and C above including all practical assessment. The candidate for CAS must also possess an additional 1600 hours multi skills experience. CAS level 1 has a theoretical examination.
- The assessor who conducts any of the above examinations for certification must be an accredited and approved SSPC assessor (third party) and the examinations take place in a controlled and safe environment that has been audited and approved as an assessment centre by SSPC. All theoretical examinations are closed book and practical examinations are unaided.
- Upon the assessor producing evidence of successful completion of one or more of the above certification will be issued to the candidate by the certification body.
- This process complies with the requirements laid out in ISO17024
We have tried to keep the process as simple as possible but still ensuring that it complies with the certification process. This model is available in the UK now and has been working very successfully in the USA and other regions for a number of years. All of our certification scheme have been adopted by the US Navy and are used to ensure standardisation of applicator knowledge globally.