Abrasive Blaster Certification (C7)

Abrasive Blaster Certification (C7)
3 Day Course
5 Year Certification Term

Abrasive Blaster Certification (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.

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How to achieve certification

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Register for an Abrasive Blaster Certification (C7) Course offering

    Note: Registering for this course includes the written and practical certification exams

  2. Ensure all prerequisite forms are filled out and returned to AMPP

    C7 Prerequisite Form

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Who Should Attend

Contractors, facility owners, contractor personnel who wish to obtain certification, and others who wish to learn about dry abrasive blast cleaning of steel.

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

Course/Exam 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

Course Format/Notes

The course starts with a classroom overview of fundamentals in preparation for the written exam, which is then 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, including troubleshooting and signals, before the hands-on session takes place.

Following the equipment review, the instructors will observe each student as they describe setup procedures and demonstrate their 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 that includes copies of useful handouts and industry blast cleaning standards. Those who successfully complete the blaster certification program will receive a certificate and wallet identification card from SSPC.

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 course and 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 C7 Certification can receive a certificate of attendance by attending the lecture portion of the training and observing the blaster demonstration.


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

C7 Prerequisite Form

Please Note: In order to be eligible for C7 Certification Program, the pre-requisite form must be completed and signed by your HR Manager and given to SSPC two weeks prior to the course start date. Failure to fill out the form truthfully, or any instance of providing inaccurate information, will result in immediate denial or revocation of the C7 Certification. Failure to cooperate with the program instructors, or properly prepare for the hands-on Certification session, will also be grounds for denial of Certification.

Additional Information

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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