Association for Materials Protection and Performance

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AMPP: The Association for Materials Protection and Performance
PredecessorNACE, SSPC
TypeProfessional Organization
FocusCorrosion Engineering, Protective Coatings
Area served
MethodStandards, Training, Professional Certification, Contractor Accreditation, Conferences, Publications
Key people
Bob Chalker, Executive Director
SubsidiariesMPI: Master Painters Institute[1]

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), is a professional association focused on the protection of assets and performance of materials. AMPP was created when NACE International and SSPC the Society for Protective Coatings merged in 2021.[2][3][4] AMPP is active in more than 130 countries and has more than 40,000 members.[5] AMPP is headquartered in the U.S. with offices in Houston, Texas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Additional offices are located in the U.K., China, Malaysia, Brazil, and Saudi Arabia with a training center in Dubai.[6]


  • Materials Performance magazine
  • CoatingsPro magazine
  • CORROSION journal
  • technical and reference books
  • podcasts and webcasts


Both the legacy NACE and SSPC organizations were ANSI-accredited standards developers, which AMPP plans to continue. The merged standards program includes 25 standing standards committees that develop technical standards for industries including cathodic protection, coatings, defense, highways and bridges, rail, maritime, oil and gas, power and utilities, research and testing, tanks and pipelines, and water and wastewater.[7]

Professional Training and Certifications[edit]

AMPP offers individual training and certification programs. Many are merged programs that originated as competing programs under the former NACE and SSPC organizations. Other programs are still being administered under the legacy NACE or SSPC frameworks until the merger is complete.

Individual Training and Certification Programs
Category Programs
Coatings Inspector Program (CIP)
  • Basic Coatings Inspector
  • Certified Coatings Inspector
  • Senior Certified Coatings Inspector
Coatings Applicator Specialist Program (CAS)
  • Basic Coatings Applicator
  • Certified Applicator Specialist
  • SSPC C7 Abrasive Blasting
  • SSPC C12 Spray Application
  • SSPC C14 Marine Plural Component
Cathodic Protection
  • CP1 Cathodic Protection Tester
  • CP2 Cathodic Protection Technician
  • CP2 Cathodic Protection Technician - Maritime
  • CP3 Cathodic Protection Technologist
  • CP4 Cathodic Protection Specialist
  • Internal Corrosion Technologist
  • Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technician
  • Pipeline Corrosion Integrity Management (PCIM) Technologist
  • Senior Internal Corrision Technologist
General Corrosion
  • Refining Corrosion Technologist
  • Corrosion Technician
  • Corrosion Technologist
  • Offshore Corrosion Assessment Training (O-CAT) Technician
  • Senior Corrosion Technologist
General Coatings
  • Protective Coating Technician
  • Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT) Technician
Speciality Certifications
  • MR0175 Certified User Carbon Steel (CS) Certification
  • MR0175 Certified User Corrosion Resistant Alloy (CRA) Certification
  • Corrosion Specialist
  • Protective Coating Specialist
  • Corrosion Foundations
  • Coatings Foundations for Amusement Parks

Contractor Accreditation[edit]

AMPP administers accreditation programs for contractors working in the protective coatings and linings industries.[8] "QP" stands for "Qualification Procedure", a reference to the technical standard that underlies each program.

  • QP 1, Field Application to Complex Industrial and Marine Structures
  • QP 2, Field Removal of Hazardous Coatings
  • QP 3, Shop Painting (QP 3 is a joint standard also used by AISC for their sophisticated paint endorsement.)
  • QP 5, Coating and Lining Inspection Companies
  • QP 6, Metallizing
  • QP 7, Painting Contractor Introductory Program
  • QP 8, Installation of Polymer Coatings and Surfacings on Concrete and Other Cementitious Surfaces
  • QP 9, Commercial Painting and Coating Contractors
  • QN 1, Nuclear Coating Supplement
  • QS 1, Advanced Quality Management System (ISO 9001-compliant)


  • AMPP Annual Conference
  • Area Conferences
  • Coatings+ (will retire after 2021)
  • CORROSION (will retire after 2022)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "NACE International Institute Acquires Canada's Master Painters Institute".
  2. ^ "NEW Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) Launches Today". January 6, 2021.
  3. ^ "AMPP Makes Industry Debut with Virtual Launch : PaintSquare News".
  4. ^ "NACE International and SSPC Merge to Form AMPP".
  5. ^ "Association for Materials Protection and Performance Launched". Coatings World.
  6. ^[self-published source]
  7. ^ "About NACE Standards".
  8. ^ S, Morgan. "QP Programs".