NACE International and SSPC discussion update #1


This is the first of a series of messages to inform you throughout ongoing discussions between NACE and SSPC leadership regarding a possible combined association.

 Ongoing Update Schedule

Update #1 - January 10 - Overview and Process of Discussions and Decision Making
Update #2 - January 17- Certification Considerations Q&A
Update #3 - January 29 - Membership Considerations Q&As
Update #4 - January 31 - Standards and Committees Considerations Q&As
Update #5 - February 7 - SSPC Board Vote and Annual Conference Update
Update #6 - February 14- Next Steps in the Discussion Process​
*Additional Updates will be added


NACE and SSPC Discussions - A Brief History

For 70 years, NACE and SSPC have represented distinct parts of the asset protection industry. Both organizations have developed industry-respected standards, provided education and training to professionals serving many functions, and contributed to the advancement of the technical and practical knowledge critical to protecting the world’s infrastructure. In many instances, we have collaborated to the benefit of our industry.

Each organization’s leadership recognizes the value and importance of collaboration, and in 2018 brought together representatives to discuss the possibility of combining both organizations in an effort to better serve the industry and avoid duplication of effort.

Throughout 2019, representatives met several times for in-depth discussions to discover the feasibility of a combined association and the mutual benefits it would provide to the NACE and SSPC members, as well as the broader industry. A third-party consulting firm was hired to facilitate discussions, conduct research, and ensure a fair and balanced approach to discussions and decision-making. Stakeholders representing the diverse perspectives in each organization were interviewed to gain an understanding of their perceptions of each organization and the prospect of a combined association.

As 2020 begins, the Board of Directors of each organization is reviewing information created by the task group on how a combined association could look and function. More information will be shared in the coming weeks with the memberships of both NACE and SSPC. Please contact your board members if you would like to share your opinions about the discussions, or email to share your comments. We also encourage you to participate in Town Hall meetings that both organizations are hosting at the upcoming CORROSION 2020 conference in Houston this March and the Coatings+2020 conference in Long Beach.


Following is a timeline of upcoming discussion-related milestones:

January 10 - Task Force Meetings
February 2 - SSPC Board of Governors Meeting
February 3,4,5 - SSPC hosts Town Hall meetings at Coatings+2020 in Long Beach
February 24 - NACE Board of Directors holds update meeting
March 14 - NACE Board of Directors Meeting
March 16, 17, 18 - NACE hosts Town Hall meetings at CORROSION 2020 in Houston

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Please check this page next Wednesday, January 15 for Update #2 - Certification Considerations Q&A.