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SSPC Endorses Course on Nuclear-Plant Coatings

Monday, July 12, 2010

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SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced recently that following a detailed review, it has endorsed the coatings inspection training course “Nuclear Power Plant Coatings Inspection” developed by the consulting and inspection firm KTA-Tator Inc.

SSPC said KTA-Tator Inc. has nearly 40 years of experience providing coatings inspection and evaluation services in nuclear facilities, including quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) inspection of coating and lining applications for Service Level I, II, III plant areas; coating condition-assessment surveys; qualification of applicators; and qualification of coating systems. KTA nuclear services are provided under a QA program that meets the requirements and criteria of 10 CFR 50, Appendix B. The firm also developed a specialized nuclear coatings inspection training curriculum.

The training course on nuclear power-plant coatings inspection offers 4.5 days of interactive, hands-on training for nuclear facility owners, engineers, nuclear coatings inspectors, nuclear inspection supervisors, QA and QC personnel, and coating contractors who work in existing and new facilities. It provides the essential nuclear-related instructional elements referenced in the ASME and ASTM standards for the plant certification of Level 1 nuclear coatings inspection personnel, SSPC said.

The curriculum addresses strategies for coating use in a nuclear plant; nuclear technology development; health physics; nuclear coatings inspector certification; the history of ANSI, ASME, and ASTM standards that regulate nuclear-coatings operations; corrosion control through coatings; nuclear coating systems; surface preparation and cleanliness standards; the inspection of concrete surfaces; coating application; the coating work specification; and methods of preventing and correcting coating failures.

Bill Shoup, SSPC executive director, said market forecasts “are predicting a resurgence of the nuclear power industry as the search for ‘clean and green’ energy sources progresses. Nuclear power plants provide a unique challenge in corrosion protection, and inspectors need to have specialized training to operate in this environment.”

Shoup noted that SSPC already provides inspector training and certification for many different industries with its Protective Coatings Inspector, Bridge Coatings Inspector, and Concrete Coatings Inspector programs, in addition to the NAVSEA Basic Paint Inspector course, which is administered by SSPC. “By working with KTA to endorse this course, we are able to provide those professionals with another quality and affordable component to round out their training,” he said.

The complete schedule for the nuclear course can be found at or


Tagged categories: Courses; KTA-Tator; Nuclear Power Plants; SSPC

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