Waterjetting Program (C13)

Waterjetting C13
How to get this certification
  1. Enroll in the C13 course
  2. Complete prerequisite forms
  3. Take in-course exams

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Waterjetting Certification (C13)

This program assesses the skills of waterjetters who have a minimum of 120 hours waterjetting work experience and prior documented employer-provided training on the waterjetting equipment they use on the job. Candidates are certified through a brief, written exam and a practical, hands-on skill assessment. This is not a training program for beginners. It is a certification program for waterjetters meeting specific experience requirements.

Who should attend?

Waterjetters with a minimum of 120 hours waterjetting work experience, waterjetting shift supervisors, and project managers.

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Why attend - benefits of attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of surface preparation and what it includes
  • List the PPE required for waterjetting
  • Discuss how tailgate meetings improve job safety
  • Identify the components of the waterjetting system
  • Using SSPC-VIS 4/NACE-VIS 7, determine the initial condition of a surface and assess the level of cleanliness
  • Using SSPC/NACE Waterjet Standard levels, demonstrate ability to achieve the level of waterjet cleanliness required for a given job

What this course covers

  • Surface preparation overview
  • Basic safety awareness overview
  • Equipment and productivity
  • Review of waterjet cleaning to SSPC/NACE Waterjet Standard levels and use of SSPC-VIS 4/NACE-VIS 7
  • Review of wet abrasive blasting if needed

How to achieve certification

  1. Meet work experience requirement

    120 documented hours experience waterjetting in an industrial or marine environment

  2. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Register for a Waterjetting Program (C13) Course offering

    Note: Registering for this course includes the written and hands-on certification exams

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

    C13 Prerequisite Form

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Each student must also obtain written confirmation from his or her employer's human resource manager that the student has done a minimum of 120 documented hours experience water jetting in an industrial or marine environment prior to qualifying for the C13 Certification.

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

Please note: In order to be eligible for C13 Certification Program, the pre-requisite form must be completed and signed by your HR Manager and given to AMPP 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 C13 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.

2 Day Course
5 Year Certification Term
0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)


C13 Prerequisite Form


Waterjetting Program (C13)

Course format

Each candidate will receive a comprehensive manual that includes copies of relevant standards. The 1-day classroom portion begins with an overview of all surface preparation methods and basic safety followed by an intensive discussion of equipment and productivity and guidelines for using SSPC-VIS 4 to achieve the SSPC/WJ cleaning levels. Day 2 begins with a brief review of the first day’s classroom lecture before the written exam. 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.

During the hands-on skill assessment, the instructor will observe each candidate waterjetting and grade them on achieving WJ-2 Very Thorough or Substantially Clean Surface with the proper cleaning techniques. Candidates will also be graded on wearing proper PPE and their ability to identify the major components of the waterjetting equipment used.

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 waterjetting certification and CEUs 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%.