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AMPP – World’s No. 1

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The Association for Materials Protection and Performance, AMPP, is the world’s leading organization focused on the protection of assets and performance of materials. It is a global community of professionals dedicated to materials protection through the advancement of corrosion control and protective coatings. AMPP protects infrastructure and assets worldwide through member and workforce education and credentialing, company accreditation, technological innovation, and global standardization.

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AMPP consists of two governance structures— AMPP, a 501(c)(6), and AMPP Global Center, a 501(c)(3). 

AMPP provides services to members in the areas of certification, accreditation, membership, advocacy and public affairs, and AMPP Global Center focuses on standards, technical and research activities, conferences, events, education, training, publications and pre-professional programming.

AMPP coatings courses cover a wide range of specialized topics across many industries. The courses are maintained, overseen and reviewed by the best and most experienced corrosion professionals in the industry.

NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) was established in 1943 as the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. NACE not-for-profit professional organization for the corrosion control industry whose mission is to “[equip] society to protect people, assets and the environment from the adverse effects of corrosion.” It is headquartered in Houston, Texas.

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) is a professional association for the industrial protective and marine coatings industry. It was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit association concerned with the use of coatings to protect steel structures such as bridges, ships, water tanks, and locks and dams. Since the original mission of the organization evolved over the years to include structures built with materials other than steel (concrete, composite materials, etc.), the name was changed in 1997 to SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The name was changed to the Society for Protective Coatings in 1997, but the organization retained its original acronym.

Because of significant overlap in mission and services and after more than 145 combined years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise, and service to members worldwide in April 2020 the membership approved a merger with NACE International, along with members of SSPC. The merger formed a new organization in 2021. NACE and SSPC are now known as AMPP: The Association for Materials Protection and Performance. AMPP is active in more than 130 countries and has more than 40,000 members. The NACE and SSPC organizations and brands will be gradually phased out.

AMPP brings together the world’s leading corrosion prevention and protective coatings organizations under one umbrella. With a vision to create a safer, protected, and sustainable world, the new association will focus on the future of materials protection and performance.

AMPP corrosion and coatings standards respond to the standardization needs of industries, ensuring a focus on the impact of emerging technologies, new materials and capabilities, and changing regulatory requirements. AMPP Standards Committees (SCs) provide industry professionals, both members and non-members alike, with a platform for sharing their subject matter expertise, expanding and enhancing their professional footprint, and making an indelible impact on technology and industry. AMPP SCs are responsible for the generation, publishing, and maintenance of all AMPP products that require a consensus-driven process, including standards, technical reports, guides, and qualification procedures covering all aspects of surface preparation, protective coatings application, quality assurance, and corrosion prevention and control worldwide.

The oil and gas industry is usually divided into three major sectors: upstream, midstream, and downstream.

The downstream sector is the refining of petroleum crude oil and the processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas. The downstream sector reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil, heating oil, fuel oils, lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as naphtha and hundreds of petrochemicals.

The upstream sector includes searching for potential underground or underwater crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling exploratory wells, and subsequently operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil or raw natural gas to the surface.

The midstream sector involves the transportation (by pipeline, rail, barge, oil tanker or truck), storage, and wholesale marketing of crude or refined petroleum products. Pipelines and other transport systems can be used to move crude oil from production sites to refineries and deliver the various refined products to downstream distributors. Natural gas pipeline networks aggregate gas from natural gas purification plants and deliver it to downstream customers, such as local utilities.

In oil and gas industry to most important NACE standards for materials are  

NACE MR0175/ISO 15156 (Applicable for Upstream (Oil & Gas Production )) consists of the following parts, under the general title Petroleum and natural gas industries — Materials for use in H2S-containing environments in oil and gas production:

  •  — Part 1: General principles for selection of cracking-resistant materials
  • — Part 2: Cracking-resistant carbon and low alloy steels
  • — Part 3: Cracking-resistant CRAs (corrosion-resistant alloys) and other alloys

NACE MR0103 / ISO 17945: 2015 (Applicable for Downstream (Refinery))Petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries – Metallic materials resistant to sulfide stress cracking in corrosive petroleum refining environments .

SSPC Surface Preparation Standards

Surface preparations standards exist to maximize coating life and minimize costs. Surface preparation standards provide a basis for a service level agreement between blasters, contractors, inspectors and project owners. Knowing the standards are important for any abrasive blaster, and is a necessity for certified blasters. The specifications contain detailed methods and practices for preparing surfaces.

Below are the SSPC surface preparation standards :

  • SSPC-SP1 Solvent Cleaning
  • SSPC-SP2 Hand Tool Cleaning
  • SSPC-SP 3 Power Tool Cleaning
  • SSPC-SP5 White Metal Blast Clean
  • SSPC-SP7 Brush Off Blast Clean
  • SSPC-SP10 Near-White Metal Blast Cleaning
  • SSPC-SP11 Power-Tool Cleaning to Bare Metal
  • SSPC-SP12 Surface Preparation and Cleaning of Metals by Water jetting Prior to Recoating
  • SSPC-SP16 Brush-Off Blast Cleaning of Coated and Uncoated Galvanized Steel, Stainless Steels, and Non-Ferrous Metals

Below is the link where you can find available courses with AMPP.


Below is the link where you can find available AMPP standards and also purchase them.


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