SSPC-NACE Discussions – Update #10 -Revised NACE Town Hall Schedule and COVID-19 Impact


This is the tenth of a series of messages to keep you informed throughout ongoing discussions between SSPC and NACE leadership regarding a possible combined association.  

Previous updates are accessible by clicking on the link to each message.

Ongoing Update Schedule
Update #1 - January 10 - Overview and Process of Discussions and Decision Making
Update #2 - January 17 - Certification Considerations Q&A
Update #3 - January 24 - Membership Considerations Q&A - Part 1
Update #4 - January 31 - Standards and Committees Considerations Q&A
Update #5 - February 7 - SSPC Board Meeting and Annual Conference Update
Update #6 - February 14 - Next Steps in the Discussion Process
Update #7 - February 21 - Education Considerations Q&A
Update #8 - February 28 - Membership Considerations Q&A - Part 2
Update #9 - March 6 - Review of Member FAQs
Update #10 - March 13 - Revised NACE Town Hall Schedule and COVID-19 Impact
Update #11 - March 20 - NACE Board Meeting Update
Update #12 - March 27 - FAQs Continued

As most members of NACE and SSPC are aware, the ongoing crisis created by the COVID-19 outbreak has caused disruptions in the world economy and affected the plans of many organizations.  Over the past week, the NACE Board of Directors voted to postpone CORROSION 2020 until June 14-18. However, the NACE board still plans to meet by phone on Saturday, March 14th in order to discuss and vote on the proposed combination of SSPC and NACE. 

Due to the postponement of the conference, NACE has moved all planned Town Hall meetings to an online format to enable members worldwide to participate at a time that is convenient to them.  Participating in the Town Hall meetings is free. The links below will take users to a registration page, so those wishing to participate are encouraged to register in advance.

The Town Hall meeting schedule is as follows. Please click the link to register for free for the session of your choice:

Town Hall #1 - Monday, March 16 at 9 p.m. CDT   

Town Hall #2 - Thursday, March 19 at 10 a.m. CDT  

Town Hall #3 - Thursday, March 26 at 9 p.m. CDT  

Town Hall #4 - Friday, March 27 at 8 a.m. CDT  

Members are welcome to actively engage during these meetings and pose any questions or share any comments they may have.

In addition, NACE and SSPC will continue to update the Member FAQs with questions that are submitted to the staff and task group.  You can always check the latest FAQs here.

Following is a timeline of upcoming discussion-related milestones.

March 14 - NACE Board of Directors Meeting and Vote
March 16 - NACE Online Town Hall #1 -  9:00 p.m. CDT
March 19
- NACE Online Town Hall #2 - 10:00 a.m. CDT
March 26 - NACE Online Town Hall #3 - 9:00 p.m. CDT
March 27 - NACE Online Town Hall #4 - 8:00 a.m. CDT
April 3 - 17 - Proposed member votes for NACE and SSPC

If you have any questions, please email

Please check this page next Friday, March 27 for Update #11 - NACE Board Meeting Update