Industrial coating contractors often make it their goal to join a professional organization and be certified in their field of expertise. Membership to professional organizations is a great opportunity to network with industry experts and colleagues involved in the coating and painting contractor business. Industrial coating contractors submit themselves to the requirements of certification-awarding organizations in order to be evaluated against industry standard practices and to further improve their skills and reputations.
In the industrial coating industry, there are several organizations that contractors can join in. The National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) is a non-profit organization for industrial coating contractors. The Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology is another professional organization that is based in Pennsylvania and provides educational, promotional, and professional development services.
The Powder Coating Institute and Society of Vacuum Coaters is a specialty professional organization catering to specific technologies.
Below are more professional membership organizations revolving around the coating and painting industry:
– Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA)
– Canadian Paint and Coatings Association
– Steel Structures Painting Council
– Society for Protective Coatings
– Coatings Research Group, Inc.
– Surface Engineering Coating Association
– National Association of Pipe Coating Applicators
– Industrial Painters Coalition (IPC)
– Painting and Decorators Foundation (PDF)
Most of these professional membership organizations have strict requirements prior to accepting any industrial coating contractor into their roster. That is why the inclusion to any of these membership organizations is a great honor for industrial coating contractors, because it shows that their experience, commitment, and competence have been found worthy of the confidence of their peers.
For clients, the certification and membership of an industrial coating contractor to any respected professional organization should be a basic requirement for contracting with them.