Using SSPC PA 2 Effectively (PA 2)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
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0.5 days
350 USD + tax
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Course description

Using SSPC PA 2 Effectively (PA 2)

This half-day course covers the key highlights of SSPC PA 2: Measurement of Dry Coating Thickness with Magnetic Gauges. Students learn to verify the accuracy of a DFT magnetic gauge; measure the DFT of a coating with Type 1 or Type 2 gauge; and describe and implement the procedure to determine if the film thickness in a given area conforms to the maximum and minimum levels specified.

Course Content

  • Introduction to the Standard and Key Definitions
  • Gauge Types and Principles for Use
  • Calibration and Verification of Accuracy
  • Measurement

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Operate PA 2 gauges
  • Verify gauge accuracy
  • Calculate sampling rates for DFT measurement to determine if a project is in conformance

Who should attend?

Those who inspect coating and lining applications on industrial steel structures.

Training Content

Course Format

Participants receive a comprehensive manual that includes references for additional reading, and copies of relevant handouts, standards, and regulations.

The written exam is a one-hour exam that consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 4 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

Lecture overview of the essential elements of working with the SSPC PA 2 standard, combined with workshops on verifying gauge accuracy and operating PA 2 gauges and judging project conformance with the PA 2 standard.


Member - $250, NonMember - $350

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC's C3 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, visit the course website. 

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SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was...

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Anya Barnett
There were a couple questions that I had about PA 2 that my peers were unable to answer and the class has cleared them up.
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