Why Hiring an SSPC Certified Industrial Painting Contractor is Always a Smart Move
Posted Jan 10, 2022 by Dave Scaturro
It’s not always easy to know when to paint your industrial facility, or even when is the right time of the year to do some upkeep. However, when it comes to hiring the best painting contractors for the job, it’s essential you are well versed on what to look for. Unfortunately, not everyone working in the industry has the proper qualifications to complete the task, let alone deliver exceptional results in the most efficient and safest way.
This is where SSPC certification comes in.
The introduction of SSPC certifications has elevated the level of quality work in the commercial and industrial painting space. For starters, certifications verify that a painter has the competence to earn and retain the certification in the first place. They also help establish a qualified pool of contractors that asset owners can select from, ultimately helping to reduce the probability of ending up with a poorly executed and potentially dangerous painting job in one's hand. In the end, the skills and knowledge required for an industrial painting company to earn SSPC certifications affords owners the confidence to know that their painter is an expert at their craft.
The SSPC’s Coating Application Specialist (CAS) program ensures the painting outfit as a whole is qualified and that individual employees of the company have hands-on training and experience in surface preparation and coating application on complex industrial and marine structures. And while the process of earning SSPC certifications has the capacity to test an industrial painter’s fortitude, being able to uphold the certifications periodic audits is a challenge in itself.
When audits are conducted, a contractor’s ability to manage projects is tested along with all of the administrative challenges and attention to detail that job requires. Individual employee certifications, equipment manuals, product spec sheets, job specifications and many more documents are confirmed to be up to date, organized and accessible during an audit. The SSPC and the certification program even allows especially diligent painting contractors to go above and beyond the usual annual audit conducted by the organization itself. Contractors can voluntarily submit to additional audits to ensure that they’re not just passing, but mastering the material covered by the audit. This helps to guard against simply working towards a piece of paper, guaranteeing instead that a contractor is both qualified and capable of performing the bidded work in question.
Seek Out a Painting Contractor with SSPC Certifications SSPC certifications are essentially a method of ensuring that the pool of contractors under consideration for a given job are able to demonstrate their experience and qualification. It also allows for various parties to vye for a contract on the basis of quality, rather than on pricing alone. Alpine Painting & Sandblasting Contractors is proud to be a certified member of the SSPC. As a certified member, we ensure that all of our jobs have a certified inspector on site and that our project managers maintain the proper paperwork required for quality and safety controls. Alpine Painting is pleased to say that it is only one of two companies in the country to maintain all five of the following QP certifications: QP1, QP2, QP8, QP9 and QS1. Learn more about each of these certifications here.