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Spray Application Certification (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 brief, written certification exam and a practical, hands-on skill assessment. This course is designed to train and certify marine/industrial applicators to operate airless/conventional spray equipment.

Who should attend?

  • Painting contractors

  • Paint applicators

  • Facility owners

  • Contractor personnel who wish to obtain certification


Why attend - 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

What this course covers

  • Introduction/overview of airless/conventional spray equipment operational systems

  • Proper mixing techniques

  • Proper spray techniques

  • Conventional spray (optional)

  • Troubleshooting

  • Course format/notes


Students wishing to achieve the C12 Certification must pass the written and hands-on exams.

Each student must also obtain written confirmation from his or her employer's human resource manager that the student has done a minimum of 800 documented hours experience applying protective coatings with airless spray in an industrial or marine environment prior to qualifying for the C12 Certification.


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 C12 Certification and CEU's 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%.


The following items must be submitted to AMPP no later than two weeks before the scheduled course:

  • C12 Prerequisite Form

  • Photo for your wallet card

What happens to students that do not meet the prerequisites?

  • The student without the 800 hours of spraying experience is allowed to take the C12 Training and exams.

  • The student would be sent a letter after the training stating that they took 16 hours of training.

  • If the student without the experience passed the C12 test, they would be allowed to submit a new experience form in the future (i.e., after they get the required hours of experience). This new experience form must be submitted within 1 year of the class date.

  • Once we receive this letter they would then take a C12 online written exam. If they pass the exam with an 85% they will then be issued a wallet card from the date the exam was graded. The fee to take the exam is $250 for AMPP Members and $350 for non-members.

  • Before they have the C12 Certification, the student would not be considered airless spray certified, but would be allowed to work under supervision of an individual with a C12 certification to gain the required experience.

  • If they take the C12 Training and fails the exam, they would have to retake the class.

Course format/notes


The classroom session 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 AMPP. 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%.

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.



Contact Alexandre Racine
CFRRIQC training Director


Training and course materials are available in English.


2 026,47$ CAD (taxes included)

*Prices are subject to change without notice

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