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Marine Plural Component (MPCAC, C14)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam & Hands-On Skill Assessment
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $820, NonMember - $1,020
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: 4 Years
Prerequistes: Yes

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What happens if I do not meet the Prerequisites?

Certification Term & Renewal

All certified Marine Plural Component sprayers must recertify in the fourth year from their initial certification date.

Course Description

This course is designed to certify craft workers operating plural component spray equipment and those applying protective coatings on steel in immersion service by airless spray using plural component spray equipment.

Course Content

  • Introduction to and Overview of Plural Component Equipment Operational Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Characteristics of Plural Component Coatings
  • Group Exercise
  • Brush & Roll

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of plural component spray technology.
  • Describe a two-part high solids epoxy.
  • Recognize the importance of when and how coatings are mixed on a plural-component spray pump.
  • Distinguish among the various methods of mixing: manual, at the gun, before the manifold, after the manifold.
  • Apply plural-component coatings to steel in a manner that meets the requirements of a given job specification.

Course Format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes copies of useful handouts and industry blast cleaning standards. Those who successfully complete the MPCAC certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC. Candidates wishing to achieve the MPCAC certification and CEU’s must attend all 16 hours of the certification and must pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on exam with a score of 90%.


The classroom session consists of a 6-8 hour review of the fundamentals of plural component spray technology: spraying high solids coatings using airless plural component 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 plural component spray with focus on 2K 98% solids epoxies; and quality control basics.

Hands-On Assessment:

The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to operate the plural component pump and explain its operations. The candidate is also required 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.

Who Should Attend

Contractors, project supervisors, and craftworkers involved in applying plural component technology.

Program Focus

Program focus is on the application of two component (2K) 100% high solids epoxy protective coatings in a marine (shipboard) environment. However, SSPC does have a Plural Component Application for Polyureas and High Solid Coatings course, that evaluates the qualifications of those who apply (2K) 100 % solids and polyurea protective coatings using plural component spray equipment in an industrial environment on steel or concrete.


To certify the competency of individuals who operate plural component spray equipment and those who spray protective coatings using such equipment. SSPC offers three categories of certification:

  1. Equipment Operator
  2. Spray Painter
  3. Spray Painter/Equipment Operator

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC's C14 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

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

To contact SSPC or to schedule a retake exam, please click here.

Scheduling and Proposals

To receive a proposal for scheduling at your facility, including price estimate, set-up requirements and an equipment list, click here.

Hosting Requirements

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Approved MPCAC, C14 Licensees

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