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Spray Application Certification (C12)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes: Written exam & Hands-On Skill Assesment
Class Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: Member $820 / Non-Member $1020
Credits: 0.8 CEU's
Certification Term: 5 years
Prerequistes: Yes

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Students wishing to achieve C12 Certification must pass a written exam and a hands-on assesment. Each student must also submit a prerequisite form showing a minimum of 800 documented hours of experience applying protective coatings with airless/conventional spray in an industrial or marine environment prior to qualifying.

Certification Term and Renewal

All C12 certified individuals must recertify in the fifth year from their initial certification date.

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Note 1: SSPC offers the option to obtain a C-7 / C-12 equivalent certificate for members holding an active Level 2 CAS. These certificates can be helpful for projects requiring or specifying C-7 or C-12 certifications of employees. The equivalency certificates are issued in a project specific manner, for example if an employee has an active CAS and is on a job running from 12/31/16 until 6/25/17 he is able to submit this information to SSPC who can grant him a certificate for this timeframe. At the end of the job date 6/25/17 the certificate expires and must be renewed if the project is not finished.

Note 2: The purpose of this equivalency certificate is to allow workers with CAS certification to show their competence in areas covered in the C-7 and C-12 course on a short-term basis while not requiring the C-7 or C-12 course itself.

Note 3: A craft-worker that is SSPC Coating Application Specialist (CAS Level II) Certified is considered to have met and exceeded the qualifications of an individual who is SSPC C7 or SSPC C12 Certified or both.

Note 4: Candidates who took their C7 and C12 hands on exam after January 1, 2012 may substitute their C7 and C12 hands on exam results for the CAS Level II hands on blaster and sprayer exam, if they have achieved a score of 90% or greater on each exam.

Note 5: At this time the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) does not accept CAS as an equivalent to C7 or C12.

Note 6: Candidates who took their C7 and C12 hands on exam before January 1, 2012 and scored a 90% can still substitute their hands on exam results for the CAS hands on exam. But the candidates would have to retake the CAS hands on exam at their three year re-certification date.

Course Description

This program assesses the skills of sprayers who have a minimum of 800 hours applying protective coatings with airless/ conventional spray in an industrial or marine environment. Candidates are certified through a brief certification written exam and a practical hands-on skill assessment. This course is designed to train and certify marine/industrial applicators to operate airless/conventional spray equipment.

Note: Students who do not want to receive the C12 Certification can receive a certificate of attendance by attending the lecture portion of the training and observing the sprayer demonstration.

Course Content

  • Introduction/Overview of Airless/Conventional Spray
  • Equipment Operational Systems
  • Proper Mixing Techniques
  • Proper Spray Techniques
  • Conventional Spray (optional)
  • Troubleshooting

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of airless/conventional spray technology
  • Recognize the importance of when and how coatings are mixed prior to airless/conventional spray
  • Apply airless/conventional spray coatings to steel and concrete to meet the requirements of a given job specification

Course Format


The classroom session consists of training on the fundamentals of airless/conventional spray technology: spraying protective coatings using airless/conventional spray pumps (e.g., material ratio, material viscosity, mixing, ambient conditions for application and curing, product data sheets, material safety data sheets, spray technique); equipment operation; troubleshooting basics and lessons learned; coating materials appropriate for airless/conventional spray and quality control basics.

Certification Exam and Hands-On Assessment

On Day 2 a written certification exam is given. Once the written exam is completed, a tailgate safety meeting is conducted to review safe gun operating procedures, including troubleshooting and signals, before the hands-on session takes place.

The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to spray coatings on a steel test panel constructed in accordance with ASTM D4228 and to meet the coating manufacturer’s product data sheet (PDS) requirements. 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 spray pump operation.

Those who successfully complete the C12 certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC. Candidates wishing to achieve the C12 certification must pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on exam with a score of 90%.

Who Should Attend

Contractors, project supervisors, and craftworkers involved in using airless/conventional spray technology.

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

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Providing Your Own Training?

If you intend to provide your own training in preparation for the SSPC C12 Certification Exam, you may click here for more information.

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.


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Approved C12 Licensees

SSPC Training Courses are available through the following SSPC licensed training providers.