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Spray Application Certification (C12): Plus Certification (2 Days) w/out simulator (Meets the NAVSEA 009-32 Requirements)

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

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How to Register

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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.

This certification meets the NAVSEA 009-32 requirements


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


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


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.


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

  • Click here to learn more about the recertification process.

Renew Your C12 Certification:

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


After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of airless/conventional spray technology
  • 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/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 spray, and quality control basics.

Certification Exam and Hands-On Assessment:

On Day 2 of class 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 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 using airless/conventional spray technology

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 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


Click here to learn more about the agencies that recognize SSPC training and certification.

Approved C12 Licensees

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

  1. Patrick Tan, In-Spec
  2. patrick@inspec.com.sg
    – Classes held in: South East Asia
    – Provider of: C7 and C12

  3. Pradeep Radhakrishna, Insignia FZE
  4. wgarnet@eim.ae
    – Classes held in: Middle East, Africa
    – Provider of: C7, C12, ATT, Thermal Spray, PCI, CCI, C1, C2, PCS

  5. Wesley Fawaz Australasian Corrosion Association Inc.
  6. wesley.fawaz@corrosion.com.au
    – Classes held in: Australia
    – Provider of: C7 and C12


For more information contact:merck@sspc.org