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Coating Application Specialist Level 2 Certification Program (CAS) (Full Status)

Level: Advanced
2 Days
Class Times: 8:00 - 5:00
Cost: Written Exam: Member $175, Non-member $275
Hands-On Exam: Member $650, Non-member $750
Certification Term:
3 Years

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member
Hands-on Exam Retake Fee:
$200 member; $300 non-member
Contact Kelly Oakes to schedule
412.281.2331, Ext 2215 • oakes@sspc.org

How to Register

Register for the CAS Level 2 Written Exam

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Register for the CAS Level 2 Hands-On Exam

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For information on bringing the exam to your facility for a group of people, please contact Jennifer Merck at (412) 281-2331 x2221 or via email at merck@sspc.org for a proposal.


Click here for the prerequisites for the three processes to achieve Full Status certification under the SSPC CAS Program.


SSPC Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Interim Certification Program, allows those in the current workforce the opportunity to realistically achieve certification during the next several years. It focuses directly on the needs of the Application Specialist and provides criteria for the education, training, experience, knowledge, and motor skills required to prepare and apply protective coatings to steel and concrete surfaces of complex industrial and marine structures.

Facility owners, contractors, or certifying agencies may use this program for certification of Application Specialists for other substrates or conditions, as considered appropriate.

SSPC has long recognized that the industrial painting industry is in need of a comprehensive craft worker training and certification program designed to create a readily available trained and qualified workforce that will meet ever-increasing facility owner demands for quality work completed safely. The industrial painting trade has become a highly technical profession with the introduction of more sophisticated coatings and the need for qualified craft workers is greater than ever. Click to read SSPC Position Statement

Exam Content

The SSPC Coating Applicator Specialist Level 2 Certification Program requires passing a closed-book written exam drawn from the core areas of the SSPC ACS-1/NACE 13 Standard Body of Knowledge: :

  • Environmental, Safety, and Health
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Application
  • Equipment/Troubleshooting

The hands-on portion of the testing certifies proficiency in abrasive blasting and coating application using conventional or airless spray.

A minimum grade of 70% is required on the written exam and a minimum grade of 90% is required on the hands-on practical exam, in order for a painter to be considered for (CAS) certification.

Special Note

Due to the make up of the current workforce and available training opportunities, SSPC strongly believes that owners should specify SSPC "Interim Status" painter certification during the next several years (in lieu of full status certification), while the industry gets up to speed with the new requirements. Click for SSPC's position statement.

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