Marine Plural Component Program (MPCAC, C14)

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

Course description

Marine Plural Component Program (MPCAC, C14)

This course certifies craft workers who operate 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.
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Who should attend?

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

Training content

Course Format

Participants 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%.


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:

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.

Program Focus

The application of two component (2K) 100% high solids epoxy protective coatings in a marine (shipboard) environment. However, SSPC does have aPlural Component Application for Polyureas and High Solid Coatingscourse, 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

Why choose SSPC?

Leading source of information in the protective coatings industry

Setting industry standards for 65+ years

Training and certification for professionals worldwide

About SSPC

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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Average rating 5

Based on 3 reviews.

Francisco Marrujo
This class was very helpful and informative. Is opening me more opportunity of work...
Ramon Mejias
It helps providing a better understanding of marine coatings/corrosion terms and equipments. Show you really well the dos and donts which lead you to have a better approach to anything related to my job and others in the same line of workmment
Darrius Graham
Thankful to have a chance to be apart of this some people try they whole life to get here.Its the equivalent to a championship boxer this is my championship I love my craft.
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