Marine Plural Component Program (C14)

Marine Plural Component Program (C14)
2 Day Course
4 Year Certification Term

Marine Plural Component Program (C14)

This course is designed to certify craft workers operating plural component spray equipment and those applying protective coatings on steel in immersion service by airless spray using plural component spray equipment.

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How to achieve certification

  1. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Register for a Marine Plural Component Program (C14) 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

    C14 Prerequisite form

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Prior to enrollment in the MPCAC/C14 program, you must provide information showing that you meet the minimum requirements. If SSPC is unable to verify the accuracy of any information reported on this form, it may result in rejection of your application.

In order to qualify for the MPCAC/C14 program you must successfully complete a minimum of 2 days (16 hours) of documented training by one of the following:

  • An instructor certified by the plural component pump equipment manufacturer
  • An instructor certified as a qualified trainer by your employer

The documented training must address, at minimum, proper and safe operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the plural component spray pump you are being qualified on. The training must include a hands-on component where the student starts, operates and shuts down the equipment.

Candidates for the MPCAC/C14 program must submit a signed letter from the instructor of the training, on letterhead, stating that they were a student in the training class. The date of the class and the location must be included in the letter. Candidates must also submit a copy of the training manual provided. Please note: SSPC must accept the equipment training in order for the candidate to be eligible for the MPCAC/C14 program.

Download the prerequisite form

What happens to students that do not meet the prerequisites

  • The student without the required amount of hours is allowed to take the MPCAC C14 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 MPCAC C14 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 MPCAC C14 online written exam. If they pass the exam with an 85% they would then be issued a wallet card from the date the exam was graded. The fee to take the exam is $250 for SSPC Members and $350 for non-members
  • Before a student has the MPCAC C14 Certification, if they simply completed the training, they would not be considered certified, but would be allowed to work under supervision of an individual with a MPCAC C14 certification to gain the required experience
  • If they take the MPCAC C14 Training and fails the exam, they would have to re-take the class

Who should attend?

Contractors, project supervisors, and craftworkers involved in applying plural component technology.

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of plural component spray technology
  • Describe a two-part, high solids epoxy
  • Recognize the importance of when and how coatings are mixed on a plural-component spray pump
  • Distinguish among the various methods of mixing: manual, at the gun, before the manifold, and after the manifold
  • Apply plural-component coatings to steel in a manner that meets the requirements of a given job specification

Course content

  • Introduction to and overview of plural component equipment operational systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Characteristics of plural component coatings
  • Group exercise
  • Brush and roll

Course format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes copies of useful handouts and industry blast cleaning standards. Those who successfully complete the MPCAC certification program will receive a certificate. Candidates wishing to achieve the MPCAC certification and CEUs must attend all 16 hours of the certification and must pass the written exam with a score of 70% and the hands-on exam with a score of 90%.

The exams consist of two parts:

The classroom session consists of a 6-8 hour review of the fundamentals of plural component spray technology: spraying high solids coatings using airless plural component 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 plural component spray with focus on 2K 98% solids epoxies; and quality control basics.

Hands-On Assessment
The hands-on assessment requires each candidate to operate the plural component pump and explain its operations. The candidate is also required 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.

Additional information

Program Focus
Program focus is on the application of two component (2K) 100% high solids epoxy protective coatings in a marine (shipboard) environment. However, SSPC does have a Plural Component Application for Polyureas and High Solid Coatings course, that evaluates the qualifications of those who apply (2K) 100 % solids and polyurea protective coatings using plural component spray equipment in an industrial environment on steel or concrete.

To certify the competency of individuals who operate plural component spray equipment and those who spray protective coatings using such equipment.

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