The NORSOK standards are developed by the Norwegian oil industry to ensure proper security, costs reduction, and increase of effectiveness and implementation time in the development and day-to-day operations of the oil industry.

The purpose of NORSOK standards is to unify various specifications used in oil companies and to create a standardised set of solutions serving as a reference in state laws and regulations.
NORSOK standards refer to international standards with the addition of provisions deemed necessary to meet the broad needs of the Norwegian oil industry. Where necessary, NORSOK standards will be used as a contribution of Norwegian industry to the international standardisation process.

  1. Range
    standards provide requirements for the selection of coating materials, surface preparation, application procedures and inspection of protective coatings used in the construction and assembly of offshore installations and associated equipment.

The document covers both paints and thermally sprayed metallic coatings, and the use of passive fire protection coatings. The aim of NORSOK standard is to deliver a system which guarantees:
• optimal protection of an installation with minimal need for maintenance;
• user-friendly coating system;
• easy-to-apply coating system;
• quantitative and documented level of impact on health, safety and the environment.

NORSOK M-501 standard is not applicable to pipelines and pipeline risers.

The training lasts two days and consists of three modules:

Basic – NORSOK M-501 standards – chemically drying paints (epoxy)

Prequalification – NORSOK M-501 standards – chemosetting paints (epoxy) and CPT Test (Coating Procedure Test – practical application onto the panel)

A “Train the Painter” course for Painters and Sanders – theory and practice.
During the course, participants will learn about the most important issues related to corrosion processes as well as cleaning and anti-corrosion protection with paint coatings in accordance with NORSOK M-501 standard.

Training programme
Day One:
1. Introduction to NORSOK M-501 standards.
2. Procedures and requirements regarding NORSOK M-501 standards.
3. Corrosion – characteristics of the process and its types.
4. Methods of fighting corrosion. Types of anti-corrosion systems and their application.
5. Paints and chemical compounds.
6. Coatings, painting systems and their application.
7. Preparation of the surface for blasting and abrasive blasting.
8. Classification of the degree of substrate preparation and control of external conditions.
9. Key methods of applying coatings.
10. Painting systems, Pasive Fire Protection and ICCP.
11. Coating quality evaluation.

Day Two:
1. Supervising and carrying out projects (planning and calculations).
2. Application methods, paint coating defects and methods of repairing surfaces and damaged paint coatings.
3. Getting acquainted with the inspector’s equipment.
Information about the entity providing the service.
Purpose of the service.
Detailed information about the service.
4. Work planning, costs calculation.
5. Inspection methods and the use of inspection devices (practical part).
5. Maintaining records.

Each training ends with an exam – theory and practice, concerning the industrial anticorrosion solutions. The student obtains a certificate in accordance with the Norwegian standards.

The NORSOK M-501 course is designed for the following professional groups:

  • electricians
  • welders
  • painters, sanders
  • wiremen
  • assemblers
  • industrial painters
  • civil engineers
  • conservators of monuments
  • glaziers
  • fitters
  • electro-mechanics
  • construction workers

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GAT Training Courses for painters deliver reliable knowledge and a professionally conducted workshop. The courses take place each month, provided there is a sufficient number of participants to create a group.

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