Training & Certification

Thermal Spray Applicator Training (THERMAL APP)

Training Level

Level: Basic
Duration: 1 Day (8 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $395, NonMember - $595
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

Certification Level

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam & Hands-On Skill Assessment
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Not offered publicly. Click here for contact information
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: 5 Years
Prerequistes: Yes

How to Register:

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NOTE: This is for Thermal Spray Applicator TRAINING Only.

Course Description

This course is designed to train and certify applicators in the application of thermal spray coatings to industrial substrates. Note: Students who do not want to receive the Certification can just attend the one-day lecture and classroom workshops and receive a certificate of training.

Course Content

  • Unit 1 Thermal Spray Process Overview
  • Unit 2 Arc Spray Safety and Equipment Components (or Flame Spray)
  • Unit 3 Overview of SSPC CS-23/AWS C2.23M/NACE No.12
  • Unit 4 Surface Preparation Requirements
  • Unit 5 Operating Parameters and Quality Control

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe thermal spray coating (TSC) and its application and uses.
  • Recognize the three types of arc spray equipment and describe their components and the safety considerations required during operation.
  • Recognize the key items covered by SSPC CS-23/AWS C2.23M/NACE No.12 Specification for Application of Thermal Spray Coatings (Metallizing) of Aluminum, Zinc and their Alloys and Composites for the Corrosion Protection of Steel.

Course Format

Overview of Fundamentals (Classroom Session)

The classroom session consists of an 8-hour lecture and is supplemented by workshops in which students use SSPC CS-23/AWS C2.23M/NACE No.12, measure compressed air cleanliness, abrasive cleanliness, soluble salts, profile height, ambient conditions, and dry film thickness and complete a bend test.

Written Exam

The written exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 8 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the written exam.

Hands–On Assessment

On day two of the program, candidates wishing to become certified will take a hands-on assessment. The hands-on assessment requires each candidate 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. The hands-on assessment includes; performing thermal spray coating and a bend test/bond test/shape test of the specimens that the attendee has coated.

Candidates must wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during the hands-on assessment and must be able to answer questions about troubleshooting if things go wrong with the spray pump operation.

Those who successfully complete the certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC. Candidates wishing to achieve the certification must pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on assessment with a score of 90%.

Who Should Attend

  • Contractors
  • Project supervisors
  • Craftworkers involved in applying thermal spray technology

Did you know?

SSPC has a program that can certify Thermal Sprayers. Contact Jennifer Merck at 877-281-7772, ext. 2221 or for more information.

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 THERMAL APP Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

Certification Term & Renewal

All certified Thermal Spray individuals must re-certify in the fifth year from their initial certification date. Click here to learn more about the re-certification process.

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

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


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