Spray Application Program (C12)

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

Course description

Spray Application Program (C12)

This program assesses the skills of sprayers who have a minimum of 800 hours applying protective coatings with airless/ conventional spray in an industrial or marine environment. Candidates are certified through a written exam and a practical hands-on skill assessment. This course trains and certifies marine/industrial applicators to operate airless/conventional spray equipment.

Note: Students who do not want to receive the C12 Certification can receive a certificate of attendance by attending the lecture portion of the training and observing the sprayer demonstration.

Course Content

  • Introduction/Overview of Airless/Conventional Spray
  • Equipment Operational Systems
  • Proper Mixing Techniques
  • Proper Spray Techniques
  • Conventional Spray (optional)
  • Troubleshooting

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of airless/conventional spray technology
  • Recognize the importance of when and how coatings are mixed prior to airless/conventional spray
  • Apply airless/conventional spray coatings to steel and concrete to meet the requirements of a given job specification
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Who should attend?

Contractors, project supervisors, and craftworkers involved in using airless/conventional spray technology.


Students wishing to achieve C12 Certification must pass the written exam and hands-on assessment. Students must also submit a prerequisite form showing a minimum of 800 documented hours of experience applying protective coatings with airless/conventional spray in an industrial or marine environment prior to qualifying.

Certification Term and Renewal

All C12 certified individuals must recertify in the fifth year from their initial certification date.

Training content

Course Format


Consists of training on the fundamentals of airless/conventional spray technology: spraying protective coatings using airless/conventional 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 airless/conventional spray and quality control basics.

Certification Exam and Hands-On Assessment

On Day 2 a written certification exam is given. 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.

The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to spray coatings on a steel test panel constructed in accordance with ASTM D4228 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.

Those who successfully complete the C12 certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC. Candidates wishing to achieve the C12 certification must pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on exam with a score of 90%.

Why choose SSPC?

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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 4.5

Based on 2 reviews.

Roberto P. Ramirez
It makes feel more confident and I got to learn new information about spraying epoxy paint.
Daniel Sprague
Learned a lot about airless spraying we most use conventional
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