BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course - Full Certificate

The BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course was launched in 2002 with the aim of providing a recognised industry standard for knowledge of stainless steel. The course provides valuable information on all aspects of stainless steel, and is proven to improve companies and individuals performance and customer service levels.


For the individual

  • A full understanding of stainless steel and its applications
  • An authoritative and up-to-date long term reference document
  • Flexibility to complete the course at own pace and in own time

For the organisation

  • Improves the knowledge base of the organisation in this key area
  • Suitable for people new to the industry and as a refresher course for the more experienced employee
  • Modular form of course gives the flexibility to tailor the training to suit the company’s needs

For industry

  • Provides an industry wide standard
  • A recognised transferable qualification
  • Raises the knowledge level and supports the longer term growth of the stainless steel market

The course consists of 16 individual self-study modules with accompanying training notes. The BSSA offers two levels of certification:

  • Full Certificate
    A Full Certificate will be awarded for the successful completion of a minimum of twelve modules. Compulsory subjects make up seven of the twelve titles. Typically, the Full Certificate can be completed in six months.

    Course Content

    The BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course contains 16 challenging and topics about stainless steel from introductory to more complex material covered are relevant to the workplace.

Compulsory Modules

  • An Introduction to Stainless Steel - The module provides a well laid out introduction that first of all defines stainless steels and leads onto an outline of the types (or families) of stainless steels and their basic properties and corrosion resistance.
  • Stainless Steel vs Corrosion - The second module builds on the introduction to corrosion resistance outlined in Note 1 by identifying and then describing the range of low temperature or wet corrosion mechanisms that are potential hazards to stainless steels.
  • The Mechanical Properties of Stainless Steel - The first half of this module describes mechanical properties such as yield and tensile strength, elongation, hardness and toughness and how these are measured. The second half of the module discusses other mechanical properties such as creep and fatigue.
  • The Metallurgy of Stainless Steels - This module complements and reinforces the material in Training Note No. 1 by giving more fundamental information at the atomic structure level that is useful for a better understanding of some of the terms like ferrite, body centred cubic, austenite, face centred cubic, martensite, duplex etc.
  • The Surface Finish on Stainless Steels - One of the principal messages of this module is the importance of surface finish on the service performance of stainless parts and fabrications.
  • The Welding and Joining of Stainless Steels - Most of the paper is devoted to welding of stainless steel but brazing, soldering, adhesive bonding and bolting, joining methods are also covered.
  • Practical Considerations for Designing in Stainless Steel - If Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been studied beforehand this module completes the picture for design engineers both in industrial and building applications.

Choice of at least 5 further modules

  • Fabricating Corrosion Resisting and Stainless Steels - This module reinforces the basic message of Training Note No. 4 by examining various stages in supply, fabrication and installation where damage and contamination can result in subsequent in-service staining or corrosion.
  • The Cutting of Stainless Steels - It deals entirely with intermediate product cutting methods, as applied to stainless steels, including mechanical methods.
  • Machining Stainless Steels - This module provides most of what fabricators or jobbing machine shop engineers need to know, in order to have a sound insight into stainless steel.
  • Stainless Steel and Stainless Alloy Castings - This module thoroughly covers the classification, selection, application and manufacture of stainless steel castings.
  • Forging Stainless Steels - This module provides insight into one of the major methods of hot forming stainless steels.
  • Stainless Steel Pipe and Tube - This module will be of particular interest to anyone involved in the manufacture, procurement or selling of stainless steel pipes or tube products.
  • Cold Forming Stainless Steels - Modules 14 and 15 are allied to each other in their scope and should appeal equally as optional papers, particularly to engineers and fabricators, along with Module 6.
  • Deep Drawing of Stainless Steels - Modules 14 and 15 are allied to each other in their scope and should appeal equally as optional papers, particularly to engineers and fabricators along with Module 6.
  • Stainless Steel and Stainless Alloys at High Temperature - This final module includes a comprehensive reference list and table of wrought and cast, stainless steel and nickel heat resisting alloy grades.

We will contact you to discuss your choice of modules.


Full Certificate (12 Titles) £450 (£270 BSSA members)
Additional Titles £35 each (£20 BSSA members)
£30 Registration Fee included

The cost of the course includes course materials, examination questions and assessment and certification.

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