Aircraft Coating Quality Certification Established

 - October 19, 2011, 2:16 PM
Embry-Riddle, The Society for Protective Coatings and Honda Aircraft have developed a certification for aerospace coatings applicators. Four Honda Aircraft employees are the first to receive the certification.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC) and Honda Aircraft have announced the development of the industry’s first certification for aerospace coatings applicators. Jason O’Neal, Michael Garza, Eliot Ewald and Jeffrey Varner, all Honda Aircraft employees, are the first four recipients of the new certification. The training, which was conducted by SSPC and Embry-Riddle, was the first professional training and certification of individuals involved in aerospace coatings application. The three organizations worked together to create the standards for the credential and the curriculum for the training program. “In our role as a leader in aviation and aerospace education, it was logical for Embry-Riddle to take the lead in developing a training program for aerospace coatings applicators as part of our mission to the industry,” said Al Astbury, director of Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Office of Professional Education. “Aircraft coatings are extremely important in preventing corrosion and cracking, as seen in the structural failure that occurred in Hawaii in 1988. Coatings are the first line of defense in preventing such structural failures, and certified applicators are the vanguard in such an effort,” said SSPC executive director William Shoup.


NEW! Aerospace Coatings Applicator Certification
Embry-Riddle will be launching the first-ever Aerospace Coatings Applicator Certification Training on January 23, 2012. This fully online comprehensive training program offers a professional license in partnership with The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC).

For complete course information, visit the webpage. To register please contact the Office of Professional Education at 386-226-7694 or
Albert W. Astbury
Interim Director – Professional Education Programs

I would like to know more about the course and certification

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