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Selection of Coatings


Level: Basic
Duration: 1 Day/8 Hours (Includes Written Exam)
Class Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Cost: Member $395 Non-Member $595
Credits: 0.8 CEUs
Certification Term: N/A
Prerequisites: No


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

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Course Description

The course offers guidance on how to accurately specify and select a coating for a specific substrate (i.e., steel, concrete, non-ferrous), structure, and environment. It defines the primary functions of a coating, the types of substrates that are painted, and the demands of the environment.


Course Content

  • Primary Functions of Coatings
  • Types of Substrates Painted
  • Demands of the Environment
  • Selection of Coatings

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course you will be able to:

  • Define the primary function of a coating
  • Define the different substrates that are painted
  • Recognize the demands the environment imposes on a coating
  • Determine the proper coating to specify for a given structure in a particular environment

Course Format

The course is a combination of lecture and workshops with a comprehensive student manual including relevant standards. It concludes with a written exam in which students review coating selection charts and provide short answers to the exam questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs you must attend all 8 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.


Who Should Attend

Coatings contractors and specifiers. Anyone involved in selecting coatings for industrial work.


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