SSINA Website Resources

Our website provides technical information on a wide range of applications, guidance on stainless steel and finish selection, and design information. We encourage you to explore these resources. If you need a quick overview of the basic stainless steel families, go to our Two-Minute Stainless Steel Course or the Stainless Steel Overview tab.

Stainless Steel Specialist Course

SS: The First StepThe Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) is a sponsor of The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) Stainless Steel Specialist Course. This comprehensive 16 module interactive e-learning course is designed to improve your knowledge of stainless steel, its properties, performance and uses. The program is priced on a per module basis (US$30 per module) so that users can customize training to meet individual requirements. Corporate training options are available. The module topics are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Stainless Steel
  2. Corrosion Prevention
  3. Mechanical Properties
  4. Surface Finish
  5. Fabrication
  6. Cutting
  7. Metallurgy of Stainless Steels
  8. Welding and Joining
  9. Machining
  10. Practical Considerations for Design
  11. Castings
  12. Forging
  13. Pipe and
  14. Cold Forming
  15. Deep Drawing
  16. High Temperature

To obtain more information or to enroll, click here.

ASM International

ASM International is the international society of materials professionals. The organization offers a wide range of courses and technical resources for professionals, who work with, specify, sell, and purchase materials, including:


Stainless Steels Reference Library DVD, 2011

Principals of Heat Treating DVD #05 - Heat Treatment of Stainless Steels, 1991

Heat Treatment DVD #10 - Constitution & Heat Treatment of Stainless Steels, 1984

The History of Stainless Steel, 2010, softcover book

Forming of Stainless Steel, 2006, PDF or book


Stainless Steels Self Study Course

Stainless Steel and Metallurgy for the Non Metallurgist courses (4-day course at ASM World Headquarters)

NACE International

Stainless steel is commonly specified for demanding corrosive environments, and SSINA encourages decision makers to consider the programs that will enhance their knowledge of material specification. NACE International is the professional association of corrosion engineers and professionals. Their course offerings and resource materials are internationally respected.

NACE offers over 400 training courses and programs annually to prepare students for a comprehensive career in corrosion and to broaden the skills of corrosion professionals.

NACE Certification Programs are geared towards very experienced corrosion control personnel, with broad and extensive expertise, in both the theory and practice of multiple areas of corrosion and corrosion control who are capable of performing work at a very advanced level. Both generalist and specialty certification programs are offered.

To obtain more information, click here.

American Welding Society (AWS)

Stainless steel should be welded and inspected by certified professionals, so that the expected corrosion, strength and long term performance are achieved. We suggest that you verify the current certification status of Welding Inspectors and Certified Welders.

If you are interested in becoming a certified stainless steel welder, welding inspector, engineer, test facility, or educator, click here.

Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractor’s National Association (SMACNA)

SMACNA’s membership includes a wide range of architectural metal fabricators and contractors. Their architectural metal apprentice education program for member companies includes specific training in stainless steel fabrication.

SMACNA also offers one of the world’s best architectural design manuals (PDF, print, and CD-ROM formats) for roofing, drainage systems, copings, fascia, and other roof related components. This manual provides specific recommendations on appropriate stainless steel thicknesses for each component as well as other valuable design resources. For more information, click here.