Training & Certification

Marine Coatings (MARINE)

Level: Basic
Duration: 5 Days (40 Hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Cost: Member - $995, NonMember - $1,195
Credits: 3.8 CEUs
Certification Term: n/a
Prerequistes: No

How to Register:

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Course Description

TA five-day fundamental training program that covers the practical aspects of the selection, specification and use of coatings in a safe, effective, and economical manner to protect structures in harsh marine environments.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Marine Coatings
  • Elements of Marine Corrosion
  • Coating Fundamentals
  • Marine Coating Systems
  • Antifouling Coatings
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Application
  • Quality Management
  • Coating Failures
  • Assessing Marine Corrosion
  • Safety and Environmental Issues
  • Failures

Structures Covered

  • Ocean Vessels (Blue/Deep Water)
  • Inland Vessels (Coastal, Brown Water, Shallow Draft)
  • Offshore Structures
  • Coastal Marine Structures

Other Areas Covered

  • New Construction Painting
  • Maintenance Painting
  • Dry Docking
  • Crew Maintenance
  • Ride-Along Painting Crews
  • The use of Worldwide standards in the marine industry

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the nature of corrosion in the marine environment.
  • Describe the world-wide standards and organizations pertinent to marine coatings.
  • Identify the coating materials used in marine environments.
  • Employ proper coating application practices to protect marine structures.

Course Format

Each participant will receive a comprehensive manual that includes a glossary of terms, references for additional reading, and copies of relevant handouts, standards, and regulations.

The written exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 40 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.

Who Should Attend

Contractors, engineers, inspectors, consultants, facility owners, technical services and sales reps.

Marine Coatings eCourse

SSPC's Marine Coatings is also available as an eCourse. The Marine Coatings eCourse starts 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.

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 INSPEC PLAN Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, click here.

This course is available online or as an onsite course. For more information about holding this course onsite at your facility, please contact Jennifer Merck at

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

To contact SSPC or to schedule a retake exam, please click here.


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