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DoD Offers Free SSPC, NACE Training

Friday, March 6, 2015

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SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.

Under the plan, active-duty and civilian DoD personnel may take any of 65 NACE or SSPC courses pertaining to basic corrosion, protective coatings, cathodic protection and coatings inspection without cost through Dec. 31, the DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office announced.

DoD is the U.S.'s largest employer, with more than 2.1 million employees.

"We encourage anyone who works on DoD equipment, facilities or infrastructure to take advantage of the chance to improve his or her knowledge in preventing and mitigating corrosion," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the office.

DoD Corrosion Office
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The Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has contracted with SSPC and NACE to offer free training to DoD personnel.

The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office develops and recommends policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC) for the DoD, coordinates CPC activities among the armed services, and offers guidance for improving corrosion maintenance and training, among other initiatives.

Course Information

Founded in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1950, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is a non-profit association focused on the use of protective coatings for the preservation of infrastructure, industrial and marine assets.

SSPC course listings may be found here.

To inquire about funding for SSPC courses, contact Jennifer Merck at or 412-281-2331 ext. 2221.

NACE International, established in 1943 and headquartered in Houston, TX, is a global authority for corrosion control solutions.

NACE course listings may be found here.

SSPC corrosion training

"We encourage anyone who works on DoD equipment, facilities, or infrastructure to take advantage of the chance to improve his or her knowledge in preventing and mitigating corrosion," said Daniel J. Dunmire, director of the DoD Corrosion Office.

To ask about funding for NACE courses, contact Laura Thomann at or 281-228-6438, or Carmen Peebles at

3,500 Students, 10 Years

SSPC and NACE have educated nearly 3,500 students since the Corrosion Office awarded its first contract for training and certifying military personnel in 2005.

These professionals have come from a variety of armed services, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which employs coating inspectors in its quality assurance program.

"The availability of DoD funding for training and certification courses in industrial coatings provides an outstanding resource for the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that our quality assurance staff is exceptionally knowledgeable," said John L. Pariseau, a QA specialist with the Corps.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Certifications and standards; Coatings education; Corrosion protection; Department of Defense (DOD); Education; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Government; Latin America; NACE; North America; Quality Control; SSPC; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Worker training

Comment from Nick Kalouris, (3/11/2015, 6:28 AM)

Can someone please explain to me why I pay my full time QC's and then I have to pay for my blasters and painters to take this CAS course which is primarily based on QC work. I pay for these blasters/painters to take the course and then they quit and I have to start the process over again. Why are there QC's on projects if the blaster/painter has to know how to do all of the QC's work anyways?

Comment from Andrew Sedor, (3/12/2015, 6:15 AM)

Nick, it's interesting that you would ask why you need a QC; maybe you should be asking why your blasters/painters are quitting.

Comment from MC Skinitis, (3/12/2015, 2:10 PM)

I don’t know how much of the statement... “SSPC and NACE will provide free courses in corrosion prevention and mitigation this year to Department of Defense personnel, thanks to funding from DoD's corrosion office.” is correct. The word “Free” continued to tug at my curiosity. On December 30th 2014, contract award to SSPC #HQ0034-15-C-0008 in the amount of $2,391,664.92, was published on Maybe its a different contract, still I find it an interesting coincidence because it is for the training of Corrosion Control. I don’t really know how “free” it was. Hope I’m wrong! However, back to Nick Kalouris’s comment: Remaining mindful that SSPC is a business, and therefore in business to make PROFIT, as so it should be, as are contractors! There is absolutely no doubt of the ‘overlapping’ as part of the distinguishing features of the SSPC course(s) syllabus. Therefore I must and can rightfully assume that in SSPC’s zealous attempt to standardize our painting and blasting industry a generous amount of deliberate overlap is self evident as well as costly to small business. Nick’s point remains valid. The certifications remain a heavy financial burden especially for small business(s) for those who have made their bones in the painting and blasting sector for many generations. Historically our industry has high turnover as well as high and costly attrition. SSPC was aware if this FACT, because they ran a study on it during its conception. It is the nature of the beast, painters and blasters go where they can find work - they are transients. It would have been far more fair and equitable to contractor’s, those who generate the bulk of SSPC’s profit - was to make the employees responsible for shouldering the costs involved with qualifying certifications, just as NACE, welders, electricians, plumbers. Their licenses and certifications follow them wherever they go. My grandfather use to say, “If you don’t pay for it, you don’t respect it.” As for Andrew Sedor’s comment which I found a bit smarmy... I’ll just give him a pass on that one. Cheers!

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (3/13/2015, 8:40 AM)

MC - I'm guessing "free" translates as "doesn't hit your group's budget - paid at the Department level"

Comment from MC Skinitis, (3/13/2015, 9:00 AM)

Tom, it could very well be - but I doubt it. In any case it is what it is. Stay well, all the best, Megz

Comment from Andrew Sedor, (3/14/2015, 10:23 AM)

I don't need a pass. But thank you. I respect your opinion. I would sure want to know why my employees were leaving to try to reverse that trend.

Comment from MC Skinitis, (3/16/2015, 8:13 AM)

Andrew, that is a question that should automatically be asked of a good employee. Appreciate you're being a good sport about it. All the best Andrew, Cheers Megz

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