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Aerospace Coating Application Specialist Certification Program (ACAS)

Level: Advanced
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes:Hands-On Assesment
Class Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Cost:  Member $800, NonMember $1,000
Credits: n/a
Certification Term: 5 Years
Prerequistes: Yes

How do I get the prerequisite training to become ceritifed by the SSPC ACAS program?

STEP 1 : Take and pass a formal training course and submit certificate of completion to SSPC. Any successfully completed training course dealing primarily with surface preparation and coating application for the common substrates used by manufacturers to build aircraft that is offered by an IACET certified training organization or an accredited college, university or trade school. In addition, the student must have passed a written exam and the course must have been taught by a qualified instructor (as determined by SSPC.)

The following are examples of courses that would qualify:

STEP 2: Apply for SSPC ACAS Certification by registering for the exam and submitting your perquisite form.

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

  1. Take one of the two training programs listed above.
  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/prerequisite form:

- SSPC ACAS Prerequisite Form

Send to:
SSPC Training Coordinator
800 Trumbull Dr. Pittsburgh, PA 15205-4365
Fax: 412-444-3591
Email: prereqs@sspc.org

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

Who Should Attend

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

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel in this course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

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 2019.

Recertification Fee: $250 member; $450 non-member

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.

Download & Submit Forms:

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, click here.


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