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Industrial Coating Application (ICA) eCourse



Industrial Coating Application eCourse

Today, the coatings industry is a highly technical field that requires skilled personnel to perform quality surface preparation and protective coatings application.

The Industrial Coating Application eCourse is a comprehensive training program based on the NACE No. 13/SSPC-ACS-1 standard that sets the criteria for a qualified workforce that can meet contractors' and facility owners' need for consistent, quality work completed accurately, safely, and at a reasonable cost.

The eCourse benchmarks best practices in safety, process control, surface preparation, coatings application, and inspection. It's a must-take, interactive course for anyone new to the coatings industry, as well as safety directors, contractors, foremen, supervisors, applicators, and inspectors. The eCourse features engaging slides, short quizzes, and downloadable resources that can be used on the job.

Module 1: Safety Codes, Practices, and Standards

Course Description:

Learn general safety guidelines, whether you're working in the field or shop environments in the coatings industry. Get familiarized with recognized safe work practices based on industry standards.

Length: 18 hours

Exam: Upon successful completion of the end of module assessment, students will receive a printable certificate of completion and 18 PDHs.

L1: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Hearing Conservation

  • Identify common types of PPE and recognize common hazards that require the use of PPE
  • Describe the relationship between decibel level, time, and hearing loss
  • Differentiate between engineering controls and PPE

L2: Fall Protection

  • Identify components of a fall arrest system
  • Explain criteria for using, inspecting, and replacing fall protection equipment

L3: Working from Scaffolds and Ladders

  • Identify guidelines for selecting, inspecting, and using ladders and scaffolds
  • Describe potential hazards and recognize best practices for minimizing or avoiding hazards when working on scaffolds and ladders

L4: Aerial Lifts

  • Identify the types of aerial lifts and the safety requirements for each type
  • Describe the steps and criteria for a prestart inspection
  • Recognize potential hazards and safe practices related to the use and operation of aerial lifts

L5 Confined Space and Ventilation

  • Identify hazards found naturally in confined space and those created by surface preparation and coating applications
  • Recall the following terms: negative and positive pressure, air changes, and deadspots
  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the entry attendant

L6: Lock Out Tag Out

  • Describe the purpose and procedures of lock out/tag out and recognize potential energy sources

L7: HAZCOM and Safety Data Sheets (SDS)

  • Define the components of a hazard communication plan
  • Explain the purpose of Safety Data Sheets and describe each of the 16 sections within
  • Recognize HAZCOM pictograms and identify the components of product labels

L8: Electrical Grounding Requirements and Working with Hand and Power Tools

  • State general hazards associated with the use of tools and the safety practices which protect against them
  • Explain the importance of electrical grounding and the proper use of extension cords

L9: Selection and Use of Respiratory Protection

  • Recognize conditions the necessitate the use of respirators and the criteria for selection
  • Identify classes of respirations along with their advantages and limitations
  • Describe the requirements for respirator use, maintenance, and care

L10: Avoiding Heat and Cold Related Injury

  • Define heat stress, heat stroke, hypothermia, and frostbite, and symptoms for each
  • Determine a course of action for heat and cold related injuries

L11: Surface Prep and Application Safety

  • Identify potentials hazards associated with abrasive blasting, high pressure lines, paint injection injury, worn lines, and improperly connect equipment and the safety practices which protect against them

L12: Heavy Metals and Environmental Waste Minimization

  • Identify heavy metals that are hazardous, methods of waste minimization, and components of a containment system
  • Define hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams and VOCs and the potential sources

Introductory Individual Pricing:

Member - $325.00 USD
Non-Member - $375.00 USD

Module 2: Process Control

Course Description:

Coatings must be applied in a manner that meets contractor and owner requirements as well as applicable standards. For an industrial coatings project to be successful, the first step is the planning process. This involves a set of written procedures used maintain consistency and quality from job to job.

Length: 3.5 hours

Exam: Upon successful completion of the end of module assessment, students will receive a printable certificate of completion and 3.5 PDHs.

L1: Work Planning

  • Define a work plan and the benefits for using one throughout a project
  • Identify the components of a work plan applicable to coating applicators
  • Describe the impact that work sequencing has on the job schedule

L2: Process Control

  • Define process control
  • Identify and explain some common elements used in process control
  • List the major variables that can impact quality of a coatings project
  • Evaluate work performance compared to process controls and specifications

L3: Product and Safety Data Sheets (PDS and SDS)

  • Define the purpose of a Product Data Sheet (PDS) and a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Categorize and explain the information found on a PDS and a SDS
  • Explain when to make a “Go” or “No-Go” decision based on information found in a PDS or a SDS

Individual Pricing:

Member - $249.00 USD
Non-Member - $279.00 USD

Group or Corporate Pricing

To learn more about options please contact FirstService at +1 800-797-6223.

All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration. Students have access to the course and any corresponding materials for one year and must complete all course work within that one year time frame before the subscription expires.