Thermal Spray Applicator Training (THERMAL APP)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
Training overview
1-2 days
From 595 USD
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Course description

Thermal Spray Applicator Training (THERMAL APP)

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.
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Who should attend?

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

Training Content

Course Format

Overview of Fundamentals (Classroom Session)

An 8-hour lecture supplemented by workshops where 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

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 wanting certification 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%.


Member - $395, NonMember - $595

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

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 C3 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, visit the course website. 

Why choose SSPC?

Leading source of information in the protective coatings industry

Setting industry standards for 65+ years

Training and certification for professionals worldwide

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SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

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

Kevin Flores
It explained how to perform the test very well
Glynn Loftin
A great way to broaden professional scope
Ronny Van Poppel
Sspc has different courses for inspectors but also for people on the workfloor that want to get higher on the ladder in their job, that can make the difference in a professional career !
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