The 2016 revised NACE No. 13/Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) Applicator Certification (ACS) 1 language has been released. Known in the industry as the Coating and Lining Application Specialist Training and Certification Standard, this minimum standard of training is crucial to protecting our infrastructure.
As CoatingsProMag.com reports, “the standard includes up-to-date information for qualifying the coatings and linings installer, also known as an application specialist, through a broad range of classroom instruction and associated work experiences, and it is a tool that every stakeholder who writes project specifications, hires, and/or trains coating and lining application specialists should have on hand.”
The article went on to report that “Anton Ruesing, executive director of [IUPAT] Finishing Trades Institute, NACE member and a member of TG 320, agreed that developing training and certification programs for application specialists is an important step for the trade. “I think this certification will help others (owners, contractors, government agencies, etc.) see the critical nature of proper surface preparation and coating application. What coating and lining applicators do protects the infrastructure in our country from literally crumbling around us.”