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Coating Application Specialist (CAS) - Level 1

Level: Basic
Half Day Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 - Noon
Cost: Member $225, Non-Member $325
Credits: N/A
Certification Term:

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

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This part of the CAS program consists of a one-hour written exam. Basic Level I qualification is intended for entry-level/trainee Application Specialists. Level 1 Application Specialists customarily work with and under the supervision of Level 2 and Level 3 Application Specialists.

Qualification Requirements: Level 1

  1. Successful completion of a skills assessment program (administered by the contractor or its designee) measuring essential employability skills: basic reading, writing and arithmetic, document use, and numeracy evaluated in the language of the workplace.
  2. Successful completion of an SSPC-administered written examination on good painting practices.

Exam Content

The SSPC Coating Application Specialist Level 1 exam consists of basic knowledge of industrial coatings and linings. (Available in Spanish and Turkish.)

The written exam consists of multiple choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEU's you must attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

Special Note

Level 1 Qualification is not required to move on to the Level 2 Certification Exam.

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