QP 1 Certification
Application to Complex Industrial and Marine Structures)
QP 1 certification is a nationally
recognized program that evaluates the practices of industrial
painting contractors in key areas of business. These standards are
considered to be the MINIMUM level of service and quality for
today's coatings industry.
The complex nature of coating
systems and the specific surface preparations required for these
systems, have made the QP 1 guidelines vital to the longevity of
applied protective coatings.
The program is designed to provide
facility owners and specification writers a means to determine
whether the painting contractor has the capability to perform
surface preparations and coating application in the field on complex
industrial and marine structures, such as:
To be certified by SSPC,
industrial contractors must demonstrate competence in several key
These areas are evaluated through a
series of submittals to SSPC describing the contractor's business
operations. Then an impartial, on-site audit of a representative
active job-site, and headquarter offices is performed to verify that
the programs and practices are in fact implemented and used.
The on-site audit criteria can be
found in both the QP 1 application and the Internal Audit Checklist.
SSPC suggests that the contractor perform an internal audit using
the checklist to be sure all areas of evaluation are addressed prior
to an audit.
The QP 1 application and internal
audit checklist can be found on the SSPC Lists, Forms & Applications
page. A web link is provided at the top of all Certification pages.
QP 1 Background
The QP 1 certification was
originally organized to answer an industry need voiced by
contractors, owners and others who hire industrial painting
contractors. At that time, the industry did not have a national
standard to evaluate the primary capability the contractor prior to
a contract award.
SSPC issued the first version of
the QP 1 standard in September 1989, with the certification program
being released later that same year.
Since that time, the QP 1
contractor certification program has been consistently reviewed and
improved to meet the changing quality needs of our industry.
Significant QP 1 changes are made by consensus and approved by the
SSPC Standards Review Committee and the SSPC Board of Governors.
SSPC QP 1, QP 2 and QP 3 are a part
of SSPC Qualification Procedure Standards developed through the SSPC