Abrasive Blasting Program (C7)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
Training overview
Professional Course
2 days

Course description

Abrasive Blasting Program (C7)

C7 is designed for contractor personnel who wish to obtain certification, or others who wish to learn about blast cleaning of steel and nonferrous surfaces. It covers principles of surface preparation, surface cleanliness, surface profile, dust and debris control, and abrasives.

Course Content

  • Principles of Surface Preparation
  • Nozzle Abrasive Blast Cleaning Systems (with Hands-On Session)
  • Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning Systems (with Hands-On Session)
  • Abrasives
  • Portable Centrifugal (Wheel) Abrasive Blast Cleaning Systems (with Hands-On Session)
  • Abrasive Blast Cleaning Nonferrous Substrates

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the basic principles of surface preparation
  • Identify proper blast cleaning equipment setup and abrasives used
  • Demonstrate proper blast cleaning technique to achieve certification


  • SSPC offers the option to obtain a C7 / C12 equivalent certificate for members holding an active Level 2 CAS. These certificates can be helpful for projects requiring or specifying C7 or C12 certifications of employees. The equivalency certificates are issued in a project specific manner, for example if an employee has an active CAS and is on a job running from 12/31/16 until 6/25/17 he is able to submit this information to SSPC who can grant him a certificate for this timeframe. At the end of the job date 6/25/17 the certificate expires and must be renewed if the project is not finished.
  • The purpose of this equivalency certificate is to allow workers with CAS certification to show their competence in areas covered in the C7 and C12 course on a short-term basis while not requiring the C7 or C12 course itself.
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Who should attend?

  • Contractors and facility owners
  • Contractor personnel who wish to obtain certification
  • Others who wish to learn about dry abrasive blast cleaning of steel


Students wishing to achieve C7 Certification must pass a written exam and a hands-on assesment. Each student must also submit a pre-requisite form showing a minimum of 800 documented hours blasting in an industrial or marine environment prior to qualifying.

Training content

The course starts with a classroom overview of fundamentals in preparation for the written exam, followed by a thorough review and walk-through of abrasive blasting and portable centrifugal blasting equipment setup and operation.

Once the written exam is completed, a tailgate safety meeting is conducted to review safe gun operating procedures, troubleshooting and signals, before the hands-on session takes place.

Following the equipment review, instructors will observe each participant as they describe setup procedures and demonstrate blasting skills. This format provides candidates with prior blasting experience an opportunity to achieve blaster certification.

This program is not intended for inexperienced blasters. Each candidate will receive a comprehensive manual with copies of handouts and industry blast cleaning standards. Those who successfully complete the blaster certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC.


  • A craft-worker that is SSPC Coating Application Specialist (CAS Level II) Certified is considered to have met and exceeded the qualifications of an individual who is SSPC C7 or SSPC C12 Certified or both.
  • Candidates may substitute their C7 hands on exam results for the CAS Level II hands on blaster exam, if they have achieved a score of 90% or greater.

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 C7 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%.

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SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was...

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Based on 5 reviews.

Jarrod Bachmeier
Achieving this certification only makes me more valuable as an employee to my company. And will only help my career in the long run.
Roberto P. Ramirez
Makes me feel more confident in myself and more capable to do my job
Delon Williams
It helped me to fill in all the blanks on things I did not completely understand while doing a preparation or coating process
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