Typical certifications: NACE International, SSPC Bridge Coating Inspection Program, ASTM D4537/ANSI N45.2.6, American Petroleum Institute, SSPC QP-5.
Most of KTA’s staff of nearly 90 inspectors are trained and certified in accordance with NACE International (“NACE International Coatings Inspector Training and Certification Program – CIP”) and/or the SSPC “Bridge Coating Inspection Program.” Many inspectors are also certified by a formal program in accordance with ASTM D4537 “Inspection Personnel for Coating Work in Nuclear Facilities, Establishing Procedures to Qualify and Certify” (formerly ANSI N45.2.6 “Qualification of Inspection, Examination, and Testing Personnel for the Construction Phase of Nuclear Power Plants”).
Many inspectors have received operator qualification (OQ) in covered tasks in accordance with pipeline safety regulations 49 CFR 192/195. KTA uses the NCCER pipeline training and assessment program to qualify a person through written assessment, performance verification and certifications to meet client specific pipeline safety requirements.
KTA became the first firm to be certified under SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings’ (SSPC) QP-5 “Standard Procedure for Evaluating the Qualifications of Coatings and Lining Inspection Companies.” This program evaluates the inspection firm’s competence in four key areas: Training, Quality Control, Technical Capabilities, and Management. KTA has rigorously maintained its certification on a continuing basis since 2001.
In addition to certifications by outside accrediting bodies, KTA’s Coatings Group is committed to continuous internal development of our inspection staff, and closely monitors performance under a Quality Management System (QMS) meeting the requirements of ISO 9001, 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, 10 CFR 21, and SSPC QP-5. The QMS is implemented through the Quality Manual, Corporate Operating Procedures (COPs) which address implementation of the QMS and Group Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which address responsibilities and requirements applicable to the specific Group or Department services to meet the QMS.
During the selection and hiring process, KTA assesses past training and experience, and competence of each candidate in order to determine what, if any, additional training is required prior to placing the inspector on an assignment. On an annual basis each inspector is assessed to determine if further training is needed to meet job specific needs and/or achieve or maintain certifications for NACE or SSPC. In addition to targeted job specific training, annual refresher training is required by KTA. It is mandatory that each inspector, supervisor and project manager successfully complete the annual training in order to remain eligible for assignments. This includes training in KTA Corporate Operating Procedures, Coatings Group Standard Operating Procedures, current industry codes and standards, and updated inspection, documentation and/or reporting procedures.
Safety training is also a critical component of KTA’s inspector training efforts. Field personnel receive initial Construction Hazard Awareness Training and annual refresher training administered by KTA’s Corporate Health and Safety Director. This safety training includes OSHA-mandated topics such as fall protection, confined/enclosed space, lockout/tagout, traffic safety, hearing protection, respiratory protection, hazard communications, and personal protective equipment.
High ethical standards, continuing education, and routine communication with supervisors are hallmarks of KTA’s Coatings Group.