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20 Jun 2018

SSPC Train The Painter Affiliate Profile

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Located near the North Sea in Norfolk, HJC Protective Coatings Ltd are a specialist protective coating application company serving the Engineering, Marine and Oil & Gas Industry. Stephen Sellers, Managing Director, has over 15 years of experience in surface application and has the ability to apply bespoke coating solutions in highly specialised facilities. He is qualified to NACE Inspector Level 3 Certification and FROSIO Level 3 Red. The products and services are utilised by high technology markets including the oil and gas sectors, so it is essential that HJC ensures it is always at the forefront of the latest designs, materials and technologies.

HJC now operate a training division of the company, which delivers SSPC Train the painter courses. HJC trainer Sellars brings his wealth of knowledge to the courses, ensuring each student receives not only the benefits of the course material, but also his experience from over 20 years in the industry. David Eyre, SSPC Train the painter Project Manager commented; “Stephen and his team share our passion and the commitment for the scheme and this is reflected in how many students have commented how much they enjoyed the training.”

HJC is able to deliver courses at its facility in Watton, Norfolk, or at a client’s facility, and operates under the highest quality control procedures, including ISO9001:2008.


“I often get asked what is the difference between training and certification, and how does certification work,” explains David Eyre, SSPC Train the painter Project Manager. “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, which is the standard for certification. Certification can only be conducted by a third party approved assessor who has 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),” says Eyre. 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),” explains Eyre. “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 US and other regions for a number of years. All of our certification schemes have been adopted by the US Navy and are used to ensure standardisation of applicator knowledge globally.”


AIS Training will now be running the SSPC Train the painter courses in Aberdeen. AIS is one of the most experienced training providers in the UK, and our relationship is testament to the fact that SSPC Train the painter is the scheme of choice for offshore painters.

Conoco Phillips specifies SSPC Train the painter for offshore projects. If you are looking to work on any project for this company, you can contact AIS for training dates.

Bilfinger Salamis UK are Corrodere’s new training and assessment partners for Train the inspector. The company offers ICorr level 1 & 2 workshop and assessments, and the facility to take any of the new SSPC examinations listed above. It is also intended to make the ICorr level 3 workshop and assessments available in 2018. The centre has two very experienced people running the courses in Simon Hope and Jonathan Morton, and plan to run around six courses and assessment days in 2018. Dates can be found on the Corrodere website.


The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has granted cards for any candidate completing ICorr level 1,2 or 3 courses. These can be awarded retrospectively to anyone who completed the online course. This forms a part of the partner card agreement between Corrodere and CSCS. CSCS recognise the level of Health & Safety training delivered by the course, and Corrodere is proud that it is the only Coating Inspector training scheme to be granted CSCS cards.

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