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Spray Application Basics (C12):
Training Only with Simulator (2 Days)

Course Description

This course is designed to train marine/industrial applicators to operate airless/conventional spray equipment, incorporating the use of a paint simulator for hands-on training. You’ll learn the proper technique for airless spray painting by using a program that simulates real life situations and equipment used in the field.

Please note: If you take the training only, you will not meet the NAVSEA 009-32 requirements

Level: Basic
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes: Written exam & Hands-On Assesment
Class Times: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Cost: Member - $595, NonMember - $795
Written Exam Retake Fee: Member - $100, NonMember - $200
Credits: 0.6 CEU's
Certification Term: n/a


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


After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of airless 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 in a manner that meets the requirements of a given job specification



The classroom session consists of training on the fundamentals of airless/conventional spray technology: spraying protective coatings using airless 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 spray, and quality control basics.

Technician Exam and Simulator Hands-On Assessment

The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to operate the virtual paint simulator to spray coatings to meet the coating manufacturer’s product data sheet (PDS) requirements. Candidates must also take a written exam and also answer questions about troubleshooting if things go wrong while spraying the simulator.

Certification Exam and Hands-On Assessment

On day two of class a certification written 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.

Hands-On Assessment

The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to spray coatings on a steel test panel constructed in accordance with ASTM D 4228 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%.


  • Contractors
  • Project supervisors
  • Craftworkers involved in applying airless/conventional spray technology


Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy and Airforce personnel in SSPC’s C12 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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Simulator Funding

The Virtual Paint Simulator used in the Airless/Conventional Spray Basics Training Course was purchased in part through a grant from The Sherwin-Williams Company.


For more information contactmerck@sspc.org