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JUL 2015

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16 JULY 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM NACE News Coatings Contractor Accreditation Program to Launch in July T he highly anticipated NACE International Institute Contractor Accreditation Program (NIIC AP), an industry-designed and -managed program that provides accreditation for contractors who achieve professional qualifcations in the surface prepara- tion and coating and lining application industries, will be available beginning in July 2015. Tis comprehensive program provides coatings contractors in the industrial, marine, water, and wastewater industries, as well as the asset owners who seek to hire them, with a transparent accreditation that demonstrates the highest levels of fundamental and specialized knowl- edge, product and service quality, and best practices in coatings applications and corrosion control. NIIC AP accreditation signifes that coatings contractors have a formal, audited system in place to verify employee profciencies and project methods. Contractors who earn the NIIC AP seal meet predefned industry requirements for coating and lining applications, which were developed and vetted by owners, contractors, and government representatives to ensure the program remains relevant and practical. Accredited contractors follow predetermined surface prepa- ration and application processes, and they maintain and foster contin- ual improvement. NIIC AP-accredited contractor companies receive the following benefts, among others: • Increased credibility, recognition, and respect in the field; • Recognition as a premier coatings contractor to asset owners; • Expanded opportunities for project prequalification and organizational success; • Distinction as an industry leader with the highest commitment to quality processes and best business practices. In addition, asset owners who choose NIIC AP-accredited coating contractors can be confdent that they have hired professionals who adhere to the highest standards of corrosion control. Tis results in valuable efcien- cies and savings in time, money, and manpower associated with protecting the world 's infrastructure and large industrial and marine assets from the efects of corrosion. Tere are three steps to achieve this accreditation: 1. Submit the NIICAP application, which is designed to introduce and provide background on the contractor firm, including business processes and work history. 2. Participate in an on-site audit. The in-depth audit provides a thorough assessment of the contrac- tor's business and administrative practices as well as practices in the field and shop. The auditor will observe performance and assess capabilities. 3. Receive and address the written results, which are provided within 21 days. Applicants who attain accred- itation immediately earn the ability to use the NIICAP seal and can market their organizations accord- ingly. Applicants who do not attain accreditation will receive clearly stated reasons for the decision and have the ability to correct the deficiencies, appeal the results, or reapply. For more information on the NIIC AP program, please visit www. niicap.net or email info@niicap.net. CP

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