The SSPC QP 2 certification is a nationally-recognized program that evaluates the capabilities of industrial paint contractors on their ability to safely remove and properly manage hazardous coating material in the field. These standards are considered the MINIMUM level of service and quality.

QP 2 builds on the standards and guidelines of QP 1 to further qualify the industrial contracting company in hazardous paint removal operations. Since QP 1 certification is a prerequisite for QP 2, certification for both can be completed at the same time.

QP 2 certification requires demonstrated competence in four key areas:

  1. Management of Hazardous Paint Removal Projects
  2. Technical Capabilities Related to Hazardous Paint Removal
  3. Personnel Qualifications and Training
  4. Safety and Environmental Compliance Programs

The evaluation process

The QP 2 evaluation process is the same as QP 1, but the active job site MUST be a hazardous paint removal project with all protective measures in place and functioning. 

Similar to QP 1, the QP 2 program guidelines are first evaluated through the required submittals that describe the contractor's procedures, practices and programs. Then an SSPC auditor performs an impartial active job site audit to verify the use of the submitted practices and programs.

The on-site audit criteria can be found in both the QP 2 Application and the Self-evaluation Checklist.

SSPC suggests that the contractor perform a self-evaluation prior to submitting an application or scheduling the audit.

Additional information can be found in the links in the box on the left side of this page:

  • Applications / Program Rules for Certification
  • Auditor Evaluation Survey
  • Contractor Performance Form
  • DAC
  • Job Notification Form
  • List of Owners Known to Require Certified Contractors
  • Certification News Center
  • Technical Standards Library requirements

QP 2 background

QP 2 was developed by consensus to meet the industry's need for better management and control on projects involving the removal of hazardous paint from structural steel in the field. The QP 2 standard and certification were designed to build on the guidelines established in QP1, and provide facility owners with a means to evaluate the primary capability of industrial paint contractors specific to the needs of hazardous paint removal projects. This expansion program was first released in 1993.