SSPC’s Protective Coatings Specialist certification recognizes those individuals who demonstrate a broad depth of knowledge in the protective coatings industry. The PCS may be involved in specification writing or review, development or review of work plans, development or review of submittal documents, quality assurance, failure investigation, and repair recommendations.

Recent versions of the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications list the PCS as one of the QC Specialists designated to perform Special Inspections on the project.


Level: Advanced
Duration: Half Day (4 hours)
Includes: Written Exam
Class Times: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: Member – $500, NonMember – $700
Credits: n/a
Certification Term: 4 Years
Prerequisites: Yes

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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.


  • 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
Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided for certain courses to train DoD, Army, Navy, and Air Force personnel. For more information on how to take advantage of attending a course for free, click the icon to the left.
SSPC’s training and certifications are recognized by several agencies both internationally and domestically.
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SSPC Training Courses are available through the several SSPC licensed training providers.
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Dates: 9/14/2019 - 9/14/2019
Event: Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS) - SSPC Midwest Chapter
Location: Hammond, IN USA
Register By: 8/24/2019
Dates: 10/19/2019 - 10/19/2019
Event: Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS) - Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.
Location: Grand Rapids, MI USA
Register By: 9/28/2019
Dates: 11/16/2019 - 11/16/2019
Event: Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS) - Cloverdale Paint, Inc.
Location: Winnipeg, MB Canada
Register By: 10/26/2019
Dates: 12/7/2019 - 12/7/2019
Event: Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS) - Cloverdale Paint, Inc.
Location: Leduc, AB Canada
Register By: 11/16/2019
Dates: 12/14/2019 - 12/14/2019
Event: Protective Coatings Specialist Program (PCS) - Sprayroq Inc.
Location: Irondale, AL USA
Register By: 11/23/2019