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Fundamentals of Protective Coatings (C1) eCourse

Level: Basic
Duration: 40 hours over a 20-Week Semester, Includes Course Exam
Class Times: N/A
Cost: Member $845, non-Member $1045, Flex Points 15
Credits: 3.8 CEUs
Certification Terms: N/A

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

Contact Kelly Oakes to schedule
Phone: (877) 281-7772 ext. 2215
Email: oakes@sspc.org

How to Register:

Click here to find a course & register online

Current Offerings

  • January 15
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 15
  • May 15
  • June 15
  • July 15
  • August 15
  • September 15
  • October 15
  • November 15
  • December 15

Exam Process

Students can now take the exam online as soon as they finish completing the units and quizzes. The exam is corrected automatically and you will know your results right away.

Course Description

This course provides a practical and comprehensive overview for those who are new to the protective coatings industry. It is also an ideal refresher for reviewing the fundamentals of corrosion and the use of coatings as a protective mechanism.


  • Related links and featured areas of SSPC web sites are provided
  • Exam-only option is available online
  • New C1 online features approx 50 videos and animations. Videos are indexed as links in the course library
  • C1 also feature online glossaries
  • Students may email other students participating in their course through the Education Director Message system
  • Students can book mark specific sections of the course to the Education Director Notebook feature and use this as they study

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. After completing each quiz, students receive instant feedback to aid in the learning process. Workshops are designed to encourage interactivity among students and the instructor. The C1 e-Course also includes video supplements demonstrating important procedures and practices.

How Often are the eCourses Offered?

SSPC eCourses start on the 15th of each month throughout the year. Each semester is 20 weeks (5 months). Students can work at their own pace over the 20-week period to complete the units, workshops, and quizzes. The final exam is also completed online.

eCourse Information

  • Contact Silvia Palmieri at palmieri@sspc.org or 412.281.2331, ext. 2201 to register by phone or email


C1 and C2 fulfill part of the training requirement for Protective Coatings Specialist (PCS) certification. Taking the C1 and C2 online is a cost-effective and convenient way to meet your professional development and career goals.

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD personnel in SSPC's C1 and C2 Courses. For more information on how to take advantage of attending the above courses for free, contact Jennifer Merck at 877-281-7772, ext 2221 or merck@sspc.org.