As part of Specialist Protective Coatings’ (SPC) commitment to training, Daniel Littlewood, Paint Inspector, recently passed his ICATS trainer course. The ICATS (Industrial Coating Applicator Training Scheme) was developed in response to demands from procurement companies that wanted evidence of practical training in industrial surface preparation and protecting coating application.
The training scheme is mandated by the Highways Agency and Network Rail, whilst the Ministry of Defence and many of the other major structure owners, such as oil companies and power generators, require ICATS as a minimum requirement for any operative to carry out industrial coating application at any of their sites.
Many organisations also make ICATS a mandatory requirement for companies submitting tenders. ICATS certification gives customers confidence that the supplier has the technical knowledge and that they understand the requirements connected to surface preparation and specialist protecting coatings. This training minimises safety and quality control issues on site, and it enables qualified trainers to train and assess operatives in the workplace.
Dan said “I am delighted to have passed my trainer course for ICATS. Now I can support others in the company as well as training new people to our industry. I’m super proud to being an integral part of our continuous commitment of our standards of safety and workmanship. Thanks to SPC for their support during my training.”
As part of its dedication to providing continuous support and training opportunities for the team, SPC plans to start ITACS training for its operatives later in 2023.
Paul Whiting, General Manager at Specialist Protective Coatings said “I’m extremely proud of Dan for achieving his ICATS training certification. We can now start to train the rest of our operatives, which will enable us to reassure customers we are operating to the highest standards.”