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SSPC Trainthepainter Comes to Columbus

Thursday, September 20, 2018

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The University of Akron will be facilitating SSPC’s Trainthepainter training program in October in Columbus, Ohio, providing five days of coating applicator training for workers seeking to further their knowledge and advance toward SSPC certifications.

The Trainthepainter TTP 1 Trainee course, administered by SSPC and originally developed by the U.K.-based MPI Group, will be presented by the university Oct. 22-26, hosted by BlastOne at its Columbus facility. Focusing on protective coatings application, the course has no prerequisites; it also includes information on surface preparation with hand and power tools.

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The Trainthepainter TTP 1 Trainee course, administered by SSPC and originally developed by the U.K.-based MPI Group, will be presented by the university Oct. 22-26, hosted by BlastOne at its Columbus facility. 

The TTP1 training is the first step toward further training and certifications with SSPC through the Trainthepainter program. Once this course is completed, trainees can choose to pursue the TTP2 Applicator course, which also requires 1,600 hours of onsite experience, in order to achieve SSPC C6 Applicator certification. Further certifications workers can attain from there include C7 Abrasive Blaster, C12 Spray Painter and Coating Application Specialist Level 1.

Discounted rates are available through Oct. 1; SSPC members pay $799 for the course, and nonmembers pay $899. After Oct. 1, tuition rates go up by $100.

For more information, click here or contact Chris at the University of Akron: 330-972-6728 or


Tagged categories: Coatings education; Education; SSPC Trainthepainter; University of Akron; Worker training

Comment from Erik Andreassen, (9/20/2018, 1:25 AM)

I've been training for the last 20 years all over Asia and still to this day there are people who have been carrying out so called professional applications for years using the wrong techniques. Application companies who add solvents to coatings as the normal practice, without thinking that it adds to the drying / recoating times of a system and possiblly incraeses a 3 coat system to a 4 coat system because the wet film thickness cannot be achieved. Basic equipment has been canibalised, filters have been home made and in turn, pumps cease up. Wrong or cheap solvents sre purchased from the markets in an effort to safe costs, then the equipment fails because they have not taken advice from the coating supplier by using the correct solvent for cleaning. The list is endless.To date I have trained more than 300 blasters & painters all over Asia..Best of luck to SSPC. it's a job well worth doing.and can only help our future quality levels to increase.

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