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Aerospace Coating Application Specialist Certification Program (ACAS)

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)

Includes: Written exam & Hands-On Assesment

Class Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Cost: By proposal

Credits: n/a

Certification Term: 5 Years

Prerequistes: Yes

Scheduling and Proposals

This exam is not offered publicly. To receive a proposal for scheduling at your facility, including price estimate, set-up requirements and an equipment list, please contact:

Jennifer Merck
Phone: (877) 281-7772 ext 2221
Email: merck@sspc.org

Who should attend

Facility owners, contractors, or certifying agencies may use this program for certification of Application Specialists for other substrates or conditions, as considered appropriate

Course Description

The SSPC Aerospace Coating Application Specialist Certification Program is designed to certify those individual craft workers who have experience and training in all aspects of hands-on surface preparation and coating application to surfaces of aircraft structures, according to the requirements of the SSPC Aerospace Coating Application Specialist (ACAS) Program.

This certification meets the requirements of EPA 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart HHHHHH.

SSPC has long recognized that the industrial painting industry is in need of a comprehensive craft worker training and certification program designed to create a readily available trained and qualified workforce that will meet ever-increasing facility owner demands for quality work completed safely. The industrial painting trade has become a highly technical profession with the introduction of more sophisticated coatings and the need for qualified craft workers is greater than ever.

Exam Content

The SSPC Aerospace Coating Applicator Specialist Certification Program requires passing the hands-on exam that certifies proficiency in surface preparation and coating application using HVLP or Electrostatic spray. Candidates must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during the hands-on session and must be able to answer questions about troubleshooting if things go wrong with the surface preparation process & equipment or spray pot.

A minimum grade of 90% is required on the hands-on practical exam, in order for a painter to be considered for ACAS certification.

*Please note - There is no written exam


Students wishing to apply for ACAS certification must pass the Embry Riddle e-course written exam with an 80% or greater and provide documentation of 2 years (minimum 2,000 hours) experience working in the aerospace industry.

How can I obtain the required pre-requisite training?

Go to http://proed.erau.edu/programs/specialized-industry-training/aerospace-coatings-applicator/index.html to register for the Embry Riddle e-Course AMT-2000.

This course covers the fundamental scientific principles associated with the preparation and coating application for the common substrates used by manufacturers to build aircraft. Students will also gain the ability to distinguish the appropriate tools, materials, and products for performing routine tasks when preparing or painting aircraft surfaces. In addition, a general understanding of how to work safely with hazardous materials and an overview of federal regulations governed by OSHA and the EPA that affect Aerospace Paint is also covered.

In order to achieve ACAS certification you must meet the following prerequisites:

  1. Pass the Embry Riddle e-course written exam with an 80% or greater. (http://proed.erau.edu/programs/specialized-industry-training/aerospace-coatings-applicator/index.html)
  2. Provide documentation of 2 years (minimum 2,000 hours) experience working in the aerospace industry.
  3. Pass the SSPC ACAS Hands-On exam with a 90% or greater

Please click below to download the application/pre-requisite form:

- SSPC ACAS Pre-Requisite Form

Send to:

SSPC Training Coordinator

800 Trumbull Drive

Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4365

Phone: 412-281-2331 x2204

Fax: 412-444-3591

Email: prereqs@sspc.org


Certification Term & Renewal

All certified ACAS candidates must re-certify in the fifth year from their initial certification date.

Once candidates pass the SSPC ACAS certification hands on exam, SSPC will perform the following administrative tasks:

  • Maintain documentation of the certification by entering the students into the SSPC database
  • Issue SSPC certificates and photo ID wallet cards for those who have achieved certification

Certification will be valid for no more than five years and is maintained by

  • Successful completion of an online written exam, scoring 85% or greater.
  • The online recert exam will be available in 2017.

Recertification Fees

  • SSPC Member Rate: $250.00 ACAS
  • SSPC Non-Member Rate: $450.00 ACAS

Candidates are required to complete and submit to SSPC a Renewal Packet. Renewal letters are sent to the last known address 6 months prior to the re-certification date. The letter includes return application forms with information to process a renewal. To request a Renewal Packet, please contact Silvia Palmieri at Palmieri@sspc.org or call 877-281-7772 ext 2201.

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DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy and Airforce personnel in SSPC’s C7 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, please contact:

Jennifer Merck
Phone: (877) 281-7772 ext 2221
Email: merck@sspc.org

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