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Abrasive Blasting Program (C7)

Certification Term & Renewal

All certified Abrasive Blasters must re-certify in the fifth year from their initial certification date.

All blasters in the program will be notified by mail 6 months prior to expiration date of the fifth year of certification. They must take their re-certification open book exam online before December 31st of the fifth year. Blasters who do not successfully re-certify within that 12 month period will have to retake the SSPC classroom portion of the program or an SSPC-approved equivalent.

The re-certification process will include a brief open book written exam, taken online. Candidates must pass the exam with a minimum score of 85%

C7 Recertification fees:

  • $250.00 C7 Recertification Online at Member Rate
  • $450.00 C7 Recertification Online at Non-Member Rate

Blasters are required to:

Complete and submit to SSPC a Renewal Forms. Renewal reminder letters are sent to the last known address 6 months prior to the recertification date. The reminder notice includes the re-cert aplication forms along with information to process a renewal. To request a Renewal Packet please contact Silvia Palmieri at palmieri@sspc.org or 877-281-7772 ext 2201. You may download the forms below, complete and submit these forms with your updated contact information:

  1. Download & Submit Forms:
  2. Certified C7 blasters must document a minimum of 1000 hours of documented experience blasting in an industrial or marine environment. This documentation may be listed on the work experience form. Failure to document experience will result in that experience not counting towards maintenance of Certified status.
  3. Submit your re-certifcation forms to Register and take the certification refresher exam before the expiration date of your certification: Once your renewal packet is received by SSPC, you will receive a User ID and Password via email. You will use this information to access and take the online exam. The recertification exam is intended to be completed "open book" using electronic PDF files of the units found in the student manual, which will be provided online with the exam.

Each blaster will receive a new wallet identification card with photograph upon successful completion of the re-certification process.

Administrative Notes

  1. Candidate is responsible for sending SSPC updated address information.
  2. If we still get no response by their certification expiration date, these individuals’ certifications expire and they must re-take the C7 Course and Certification Exam to become certified again.
  3. If mail is returned as undeliverable, the C7 candidates record is coded with a bad address.


Failure to be truthful on the certification application or work experience form or failure to attend the entire qualification session or cooperate with the instructor during the qualification session are grounds for denial of certification.

Standards of Professional Practice

To maintain the high standard of skills and practice in the protective coatings industry, persons certified under the C7 Program are required to:

  • avoid involvement in any dishonest venture
  • act in all ways with complete integrity in professional matters
  • consistently perform quality work, in a safe manner, in accordance with their level of competency, training and experience and customer requirements.

Disciplinary Action

Documented infractions of professional conduct may result in suspension or revocation of certification.

Disciplinary actions may include issuance of a reprimand, suspension, or revocation of certification for up to one year. Recommendations for disciplinary actions are initiated by the SSPC program administrator, followed by concurrence by a majority of the SSPC Education committee or designated oversight body.

Decertified individuals are no longer permitted to use the title of C7 certified blaster or their certification ID number. This includes, but is not limited to: business cards, letterhead, correspondence, resumes, employment applications, etc.

The formerly certified individual's name and information will be removed from the SSPC web site where SSPC will maintain a list of certified individuals. A de-certified individual is not eligible for any benefit of the certification, present or future.