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BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course

Everything you ever wanted to know about Stainless Steel - A specialist course developed to suit your needs!

The BSSA Stainless Steel Specialist Course is an educational tool which sets an industry standard for knowledge of stainless steel. Providing comprehensive information about all aspects regarding stainless steel, the course not only offers a practical learning framework but is an ideal reference tool for future use. Since its introduction in 2002, the course has already proved its worth both to companies and individuals wishing to raise performance and improve customer service.  


  • 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 your own pace and in your own time
  • 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 individual and company’s needs
  • Provides an industry wide standard
  • A recognised transferable qualification
  • Raises the knowledge level and supports the longer term growth of the stainless steel market


Levels of Certification

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

Intermediate Certificate
An Intermediate Certificate will be awarded for the successful completion of a minimum of five modules. Compulsory subjects make up four of the five titles. Typically, the Intermediate Certificate can be completed in three months.

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. The titles are as follows:

  • Module 1 - 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.
  • Module 2 - 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.
  • Module 3 - 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.
  • Module 4 - 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.
  • Module 5 - 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.
  • Module 6 - The Cutting of Stainless Steels - It deals entirely with intermediate product cutting methods, as applied to stainless steels, including mechanical methods.
  • Module 7 - 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.
  • Module 8 - 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.
  • Module 9 - 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.
  • Module 10 - 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.
  • Module 11 - Stainless Steel and Stainless Alloy Castings - This module thoroughly covers the classification, selection, application and manufacture of stainless steel castings.
  • Module 12 - Forging Stainless Steels - This module provides insight into one of the major methods of hot forming stainless steels.
  • Module 13 - 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.
  • Module 14 - 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.
  • Module 15 - 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.
  • Module 16 - 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.


Registration Fee £30
Intermediate Certificate (5 Titles) £175 (£100 BSSA members)
Full Certificate (12 Titles) £420 (£240 BSSA members)
Additional Titles £35 each (£20 BSSA members)

An additional postage and packaging fee of £30.00 applies when sending the course binder to overseas EU countries.

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

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