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Waterjetting Program (C13)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 2 Days (16 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam & Hands-On Assessment
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $820, NonMember - $1,020
Credits: 0.6 CEUs
Certification Term: 5 Years
Prerequistes: Yes

How to Register:

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Course Description

This program assesses the skills of waterjetters who have a minimum of 120 hours waterjetting work experience and prior documented employer-provided training on the waterjetting equipment they use on the job. Candidates are certified through a brief written exam and a practical hands-on skill assessment. This is not a training program for beginners. It is a certification program for waterjetters meeting specific experience requirements.

Course Content

  • Surface Preparation Overview
  • Basic Safety Awareness Overview
  • Equipment and Productivity
  • Review of Waterjet Cleaning to SSPC/NACE Waterjet Standard levels and Use of SSPC VIS 4/NACE VIS 7
  • Review of wet abrasive blasting

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of surface preparation and what it includes.
  • List the PPE required for waterjetting.
  • Discuss how tailgate meetings improve job safety.
  • Identify the components of the waterjetting system.
  • Use SSPC VIS 4/NACE VIS 7, determine the initial condition of a surface and assess the level of cleanliness.
  • Use SSPC/NACE Waterjet Standard levels, demonstrate ability to achieve the level of waterjet cleanliness required for a given job.

Course Format

Each candidate will receive a comprehensive manual that includes copies of relevant standards. The one-day classroom portion begins with an overview of all surface preparation methods and basic safety followed by an intensive discussion of equipment and productivity and guidelines for using SSPC VIS 4 to achieve the SSPC/WJ cleaning levels. Day two begins with a brief review of the first day's classroom lecture before the written exam. Once the written exam is completed, a tailgate safety meeting is conducted to review safe gun operating procedures, including troubleshooting and signals, before the hands-on session takes place.

During the hands-on skill assessment, the instructor will observe each candidate waterjetting and grade them on achieving WJ-2 Very Thorough or Substantially Clean Surface with the proper cleaning techniques. Candidates will also be graded on wearing proper PPE and their ability to identify the major components of the waterjetting equipment used.

The written multiple-choice exam is worth a maximum of 100 points. The hands-on evaluation is also worth a maximum of 100 points.

Candidates wishing to achieve the Waterjetting certification and CEUs must attend all 16 hours of the certification and pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on exam with a score of 90%.

Who Should Attend

Waterjetters with a minimum of 120 hours waterjetting work experience; waterjetting shift supervisors and project managers.

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 C13 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

Certification Term & Renewal

ll certified Waterjetters must recertify in the fifth year from their initial certification date.

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

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Providing Your Own Training?

If you intend to provide your own training in preparation for the SSPC C13 Certification Exam, you may click here for more information.

Scheduling and Proposals

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