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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 - $375.00 USD
Non-Member - $425.00 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

Module 3: Surface Preparation

Course Description:

Before industrial coatings are applied, critical testing must be performed during surface preparation to ensure the coatings’ designed lifecycle will be maximized. This 13 module e-Course reviews methods of surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards.

Length: 13 hours

Exam: Upon successful completion of the end of module assessment, students will receive a printable certificate of completion and 13 PDHs.

L1: Introduction to Surface Preparation

  • Explain the purpose and importance of surface preparation and the creation of a surface profile
  • List factors to consider when performing surface preparation and explain how they affect the life of a coating
  • Describe the key steps involved in preparing a surface before coating application
  • Identify different surface types where protective coatings are applied
  • Discuss common testing methods for measuring visible and non-visible contaminants, as well as surface profile before and after surface preparation

L2: Surface and Fabrication Defects

  • List and describe different surface and fabrication defects encountered before surface preparation
  • Explain how surface and fabrication defects affect surface preparation and coating application

L3: Environmental Conditions

  • Explain what and how environmental conditions affect application and coating performance
  • Define tolerances and accuracy, and explain how they apply to test equipment
  • Identify and explain the purpose and correct operation for different instruments used to measure environmental conditions
  • Recognize the importance of adhering to industry test standards when using test equipment

L4: Hand Tool Cleaning

  • Describe situations when hand tool cleaning is the best method for surface preparation
  • Identify tools and equipment associated with hand tool cleaning
  • Choose the appropriate tool based on a specific surface and/or defect
  • Explain the use of hand tool cleaning during the surface preparation process
  • Interpret results of tests based on the standard, SSPC SP-2
  • Identify typical hazards associated with hand tool cleaning and appropriate PPE for protection against those hazards

L5: Power Tool Cleaning

  • Describe situations when power tool cleaning would be used for surface preparation
  • Identify tools and equipment associated with power tool cleaning
  • Choose the appropriate tool to use with specific surfaces and/or defects
  • Identify levels of cleanliness based on industry standards
  • Explain the use of power tool cleaning during the surface preparation process
  • Identify typical hazards associated with power tool cleaning and select appropriate PPE for protection against those hazards

L6: Abrasive Blasting

  • Define abrasive blasting and explain common uses
  • Explain the different types of abrasive blasting methods and the pros and cons associated with each system
  • Identify safety precautions for hazards and types of PPE
  • Understand surface preparation standards and visual guides referenced for abrasive blasting

L7: Equipment Set up and Operation for Abrasive Blasting

  • Identify PPE commonly used during surface preparation operations
  • Identify and describe equipment used for blasting
  • Determine factors that impact compressor sizing requirements
  • Describe primary valves and controls used for safety purposes
  • Use guidelines for proper routing of hoses and couplings usage
  • Define the operator controls, standoff distance, dwell time, and angle of attack as they relate to surface preparation
  • Explain the importance of controlling waste and dust during surface preparation

L8: Abrasive Types and Properties

  • List types of blast media and compare their strengths and weaknesses
  • Describe the properties of blast media types
  • Choose the appropriate abrasive based on desired properties and service
  • Identify the effects of media types on the substrate

L9: Abrasive Media Quality Control

  • Describe the importance of performing quality control tests as they related to abrasive media
  • Identify key standards that govern the use of abrasive media and provide proper quality control tests and procedures
  • List the steps upon receiving abrasive media to prevent contamination during surface preparation
  • Explain how to perform and document different quality control tests that verify, inspect, and test abrasive media
  • Define proper storage conditions and procedures that protect the abrasive from contamination

L10: Chemical Stripping

  • Describe the surface preparation method of chemical stripping and when to use it over other methods
  • List different types of chemical strippers and how to select the right stripper for the job
  • Choose appropriate personal protective equipment and identify possible hazards associated with chemical stripping

L11: Introduction to Concrete

  • List different uses and properties of concrete that make it so widely used throughout the world
  • Explain the composition and curing process of concrete, types of concrete surfaces, and finishing techniques used on concrete surfaces
  • Recognize different industry standards developed and used for preparing concrete surfaces

L12: Surface Preparation of Concrete

  • Define the following imperfections related to concrete preparation: bug holes, honeycomb, efflorescence, laitance, fins, cracks, Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR), and Alkali-Aggregate Reaction (AAR), and suggestions for remediation
  • Clarify why evaluating and testing is important when preparing concrete for coating
  • Explain the different surface preparation methods available for preparing concrete for coating

L13: Waterjetting

  • Define waterjetting and differentiate it from “water cleaning” and “wet abrasive blasting”
  • Identify the levels of cleanliness and other standards associated with waterjetting
  • Explain the impact of waterjetting and the associated water pressures on surface profile
  • Identify appropriate waterjetting methods, equipment, and PPE
  • Identify hazards unique to waterjetting


Individual Pricing:

Member - $375.00 UDS
Non-Member - $425.00 USD

Module 4: Liquid Coating Application

Course Description:

The proper application of industrial coatings is the key to any successful coatings project. This 10-module e-Course explores the use of industrial coatings, types of coatings, the most common methods of applying industrial coatings and the factors affecting application.

Length: 15 hours

Exam: Upon successful completion of the end of module assessment, students will receive a printable certificate of completion and 10 PDHs.

L1: Reasons for Coating

  • Define the primary function of a coating
  • Give examples of how coatings are used for industrial purposes

L2: Coating Fundamentals

  • State the purpose of each coating component
  • Define single and multiple component coatings and their usage
  • Explain the purpose of primers, mid coats and finish coats
  • Identify factors that impact the selection of coatings

L3: Types of Coatings

  • State the difference between convertible and no convertible coatings
  • List the types of generic coatings and the performance characteristics of each

L4: Curing Mechanisms

  • Describe the curing mechanisms of coatings

L5: Mixing & Thinning

  • Locate information about the mixing process on a PDS and SDS
  • Recall mixing methods for single and multiple component coatings
  • Explain how pot life, induction time, viscosity and temperature affect the mixing process
  • Choose the appropriate tools and equipment for mixing
  • Describe how to thin and strain and coating

L6: Application Equipment & Set Up: Manual Methods

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of brusher, roller, trowel, mitt and squeegee
  • Choose the appropriate method for the application need
  • Explain how to set-up, operate and clean each manual application method

L7: Application Equipment & Set Up: Spray Methods

  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of Conventional, Airless, High Volume Low Pressure and Air Assisted Spray methods
  • Explain how to set-up, operate and clean each spray application method
  • Choose the appropriate spray system for the application need
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of Conventional, Airless, High Volume Low Pressure and Air Assisted Spray methods

L8: Application Considerations

  • Give examples of proper spray techniques
  • Describe the conditions in which stripe coats and overcoating should be applied in a coating system
  • Recognize the importance of environmental and drying/ curing conditions on application

L9: Measurement & Monitoring

  • Demonstrate the proper procedure for taking a wet film measurement
  • Discuss the relationship between wet film and dry film thickness
  • Recognize and explain the non-destructive and destructive equipment use the measure dry film thickness
  • Identify and describe common coating failures and defects during and after application

L10: Storage & Receiving

  • List the steps for receiving coating materials for a project
  • Document batch numbers and shelf life
  • Describe how the PDS and SDS related to the receiving and storage of coating materials
  • Distinguish between proper and improper storage


Individual Pricing:

Member - $375.00 UDS
Non-Member - $425.00 USD

Group or Corporate Pricing

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All NACE online courses are subscription-based for a period of one year from the date of registration and are non-refundable. 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.