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Concrete Coating Basics eCourse (CCB)

Level: Basic
Duration: 16 Hours Over 16 Weeks
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member $400, NonMember $600
Credits: 1.6 CEUs
Certification Terms: n/a
Prerequisites: No

How to Register

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

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Course Description

The online course provides a practical and comprehensive overview for those who are new and experienced to the concrete coating industry. This course is designed to provide basic training to concrete coating contractors and is a mandatory prerequisite for individuals seeking Concrete Coating Inspector Certification. This course also meets the practical training requirements of SSPC-QP 8, Section 4.4, which requires that each job crew chief and each QC Manager complete a minimum two-day overview of concrete components, coating and surfacing types, surface preparation and substrate repair techniques based on SSPC Guide 20, Procedures for Applying Thick Film Coatings and Surfacings Over Concrete Floors.

Course Content

  • Concrete Composition
  • Coating and Surfacing Concrete
  • Condition Assessment
  • Planning and Documenting Work
  • Concrete Repair and Surface Preparation
  • Treatment of Concrete Joints
  • Readiness Prior to Installation
  • General Installation Guidelines
  • Concrete Sealers
  • Concrete Primers
  • Concrete Coatings/Topcoats
  • Application Methods
  • Post-Installation Quality Assurance

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the basic properties of concrete
  • Identify the procedures involved in inspecting, documenting and preparing for an installation
  • Detect substrate defects that must be repaired before coating/surfacing
  • Employ surface preparation techniques based upon the requirements of the system to be installed
  • Describe how to apply/install coatings to concrete substrates
  • Evaluate contractor quality control of work

Course Format

This online course contains core content modules, workshops, and quizzes. At the end of the course, a 50-question multiple choice final examination is given. In addition to completing all of the course modules, a passing grade of 70% or higher is needed on the final exam to receive a certificate of completion and CEUs.

Who Should Attend

Concrete contractor coating managers and Inspectors, contractor managers, specifying engineers, technical representatives and material and equipment suppliers involved in the concrete coating industry.

General eCourse Information

SSPC eCourses are perfect for those students who are unable to attend a regular public offering. This e-learning course features the same units that are used in the on-site classes. Each unit has been converted into a series of web pages that students can access whenever it is convenient to them.

How Often are the eCourses Offered?

SSPC online training courses are available on-demand. In other words, learners can sign up whenever they are ready and their online training will be available upon enrollment. Learners can work at their own pace over a 16-week period to complete each component of their online training, including a final exam.

What’s a good course to take after you have completed the Concrete Coating Basics?

Check out the: Concrete Coating Inspector Program

The CCB eCourse is a prequisite for the SSPC CCI Level 1 and Level 2 Programs.

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel in this course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.


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