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Natural and Accelerated Weathering of Coatings (WEATHER)

Level: Intermediate
Duration: 1.5 Days (13 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $395, NonMember - $595
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

How to Register:

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Course Description

This course covers the different mechanisms of natural weathering; how and why coatings deteriorate; what methods have been developed that allow deterioration to be duplicated at an accelerated rate; and determining the overall coating performance.

Course Content

  • Mechanisms of Natural Coating Deterioration
  • Atmospheric Testing (Natural Weathering) of Coatings
  • Artificial Accelerated Weathering Tests

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Define the natural elements that cause weathering of coatings
  • Recognize field exposure testing procedures
  • Describe different accelerated testing procedures

Course Format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes references for additional reading and copies of relevant handouts.

A written multiple-choice exam is given at the conclusion of the course. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend the entire course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

The class includes a lecture about natural and accelerated weathering of coatings combined with workshops.

Who Should Attend

Technical service representatives, consultants, engineers, and others interested in learning more about coating weathering. A prior basic understanding of coatings chemistry is required.

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC’s WEATHER Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

Written Exam Retake Fee: $100 member; $200 non-member

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