Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Level 2

Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Level 2

Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Level 2

Interim Program
The Interim Certification Program allows those in the current workforce the opportunity to realistically achieve certification during the next several years. It focuses directly on the needs of the Application Specialist and provides criteria for the education, training, experience, knowledge, and motor skills required to prepare and apply protective coatings to steel and concrete surfaces of complex industrial and marine structures.

Full Status Certification Program
The Coating Application Specialist Certification Program is designed to certify those individual craft workers who have experience and training in all aspects of hands-on surface preparation and coating application of complex industrial and marine structures, according to the requirements of the Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Program. This certification program also meets the requirements of ISO 17024. Facility owners, contractors, or certifying agencies may use this program for certification of Application Specialists for other substrates or conditions, as considered appropriate.

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Note: If you are an employer interested in providing training for your employees to meet the formal training requirements of CAS, AMPP can provide this material.

How to achieve certification

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Register for a Coating Application Specialist Level 2 Full Written and Practical Exam program offering

    Note: Registering for this program includes the written and practical (hands-on) exams

    Or

    If you already have CAS Level 2 Interim or C7/C12, then register for a Coating Application Specialist Level 2 Full Written Exam Only

    Note: Registering for this program includes the written exam only (Full Status)

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

    CAS Level 2 (Written Only Exam) Prerequisite Form - For Full Status

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Who should pursue and apply?

The Coating Application Specialist Certification Program is designed to certify those individual craft workers who have experience and training in all aspects of hands-on surface preparation and coating application of complex industrial and marine structures, according to the requirements of the Coating Application Specialist (CAS) Program. This certification program also meets the requirements of ISO 17024. Facility owners, contractors, or certifying agencies may use this program for certification of Application Specialists for other substrates or conditions, as considered appropriate.

Exam content

Level 2 – Hands-on Exam
The hands-on portion of the testing certifies proficiency in abrasive blasting and coating application using conventional or airless spray. A minimum grade of 90% is required on the hands-on, practical exam in order for a painter to be considered for (CAS) certification.

Level 2 – Written Exam
The SSPC Coating Application Specialist Level 2 certification program requires passing a closed-book, 100 multiple-choice question, written exam drawn from the core areas of SSPC's Transition Plan. “Body of Knowledge”:

  • Environmental, Safety, and Health
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Application
  • Equipment/Troubleshooting

A minimum grade of 70% is required on the written exam in order for a painter to be considered for (CAS) certification.

Additional information

SSPC CAS to C7 / C12 equivalency
Note 1: 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.

Note 2: 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.

Note 3: A craft-worker that is SSPC Coating Application Specialist (CAS Level II) Certified is considered to have met and exceeded the qualifications of an individual who is SSPC C7 or SSPC C12 Certified or both.

Note 4: Candidates who took their C7 and C12 hands on exam after January 1, 2012 may substitute their C7 and C12 hands on exam results for the CAS Level II hands on blaster and sprayer exam, if they have achieved a score of 90% or greater on each exam.

Note 5: At this time the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) does not accept CAS as an equivalent to C7 or C12.

Note 6: Candidates who took their C7 and C12 hands on exam before January 1, 2012 and scored a 90% can still substitute their hands on exam results for the CAS hands on exam. But the candidates would have to retake the CAS hands on exam at their three year recertification date.

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