Providing Your Own Training (C12)
Companies that have already trained their workers in the topics listed below may elect to forgo the SSPC classroom-training component and have an authorized SSPC proctor oversee a written exam and a hands-on certification session in airless spraying. The SSPC exam proctor will not review any of the training topics with the students. It will be assumed that they have already been trained and are ready to be tested.
To receive a proposal to have SSPC come to your facility to proctor the written and hands on exams, please click here.
Please note: It is your company’s responsibility to train the candidates. When SSPC comes to your location we will proctor the 1-hour multiple-choice exam and the hands-on exam. The instructor will not review any material with the students.
Lecture Topics & Suggestions
The following topics are normally covered in SSPC’s C-12 Overview Lecture. It is up to your company to have your candidates prepared to answer questions on the exam in the following areas:
- Pot life, induction time, and recoat window
- Mixing and thinning
- Viscosity and temperature
- Ambient conditions
2. Determining Wet and Dry Film Thickness
- Calculating wet film thickness from dry film thickness
- Calculating dry film thickness from wet film thickness
- Calculating wet film thickness if coatings have been thinned
- Using a wet film gauge
3. Airless/Conventional Spray Application
- Airless/conventional spray system components and basic terms
- Equipment operation and proper spray procedures
- Troubleshooting spray pattern problems
- Shut down procedures
- Basic safety precautions and procedures
4. Troubleshooting: What You Can Do When Things Go Wrong With Your Spray Equipment
- Running out of material
- Insufficient spray pressure
- System speeds up or runs erratically
- Improper pressure gauge readings
- Material not heating properly
- Abnormal spray pattern (tails and fingers)
- No fluid in the lines
It is up to your company to have your candidates prepared to demonstrate hands-on spraying. Information about what will happen during the Hands-On Session is as follows:
- The objective is to have the candidates set up, suit up, and demonstrate their skills at airless/conventional spraying.
- It is the responsibility of your company to prepare the candidates to know how to do airless/conventional spraying. The candidates must also know how to trouble shoot problems.
- During the hands-on skill assessment the candidates will be evaluated on:
- Their ability to troubleshoot the equipment
- Their ability to spray the material on steel test panels or test areas according to the PDS requirements
- Their ability to measure WFT
**Please make sure you have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) on-site for the hands-on part of the course. Make sure you have enough hard hats, coveralls, leather gloves, earplugs, etc. (You must supply this or make certain you let the students know they have to bring their PPE.)**
The following are some suggestions that will help the C-12 Exam run smoother and guarantee that everyone gets to spray:
Please make sure each candidate has appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) on-site for the hands-on part of the evaluation, per OSHA, equipment manufacturer SOP’s and your company safety procedures. Make sure you have enough blast helmets, coveralls, leather gloves, earplugs, etc. (You must supply this or make certain you let the students know they have to bring their PPE.)
The hands-on spraying part of the program can move along quickly if it's done in an assembly-line fashion. There should be one (1) "experienced" contractor representative and one (1) instructor suited with the proper PPE. The ratio should be one candidate spraying per one instructor.
There needs to be enough room to spray simultaneously safely.
The key to making this all run smoothly is to have enough PPE and spraying equipment.
If you supply a full-face respirator then you also need to provide antiseptic wipes to disinfect the respirators between uses.