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Education Program: General Coatings

NACE Education  :  Programs  :  General Coatings


NACE International provides the means of technical proficiency for the coatings industry through training courses specifically developed for coatings and linings application.

The NACE Protective Coating Specialist (PCS) Training Program is one of the specialized training programs geared towards individuals with various levels of coating experience, from applicators and contractors to engineers and project owners. The courses can be taken in succession; however individuals with more experience can choose which course(s) would benefit them most in their career.

The PCS 3 Management course is coming soon and completes the PCS Certification* Program.

For certification* information, please visit www.naceinstitute.org.

Course - Basic Corrosion

This course covers a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which corrosion is identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments, case studies, and open discussion format.


Course - PCS 1 Basic Principles

The PCS 1 Basic Principles introduces both the theoretical and practical aspects of using coatings to control corrosion and the economic benefits of managing them. Common corrosion control coatings are defined and when, how, and where they should be used.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and open discussions.


Course - PCS 2 Advanced

The PCS 2 Advanced course provides advanced level technology topics related to protective coatings. Highlights include an in-depth discussion of coatings, their basic chemical properties, and any unique considerations for their surface preparation, application and inspection. Testing coating properties and performance, common coating defects, substrates, selecting coating systems, the specification, and surveys and maintenance planning are also covered.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures and open discussions.


Course - PCS 3 Management

The PCS 3 Management course introduces coatings professionals to key management functions including the design and execution of a coatings project, the development and promotion of a financially sound coatings maintenance program as well as project management skills. STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN LAPTOP COMPUTER with Microsoft Excel (reminder: most tablets do not have Excel). A good, general working knowledge of Microsoft Excel is a MUST. Templates in Excel will be provided prior to class and will be used during the course and for the final practical exam. NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In order for a learner to “Successfully Complete” a NACE course and thereby receive a Certificate of Completion and CEUs, the following criteria must be met:
•Attend the entire course
•Successfully pass each learning assessment for the course with a score of 70% or higher
Learning assessments may include: a cumulative average quiz score, a practical exam, and/or a written exam.
For learners who do not meet the two criteria above, a retake of the course and the related learning assessments will be required, in order to receive a Certificate of Completion with CEUs and “Successfully Complete” the NACE course.
Disclaimer: This Certificate of Completion denotes successful completion of the NACE course, and should not be interpreted as the award of a NACE Institute Certification.

At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.


No related certifications.

Course - Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT)

The Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training course provides a foundation of coatings, corrosion, and corrosion control knowledge for assessing the condition of tanks and other military ship structures, while determining the required actions necessary to effectively maintain fully operational status. The course equips the naval assessor with practical guidelines for surveying and evaluating the condition of the protective coating system on specific areas of U.S. Navy vessels.

Classroom instruction is comprised of lectures, discussions, and assessments.


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*All certifications are administered by the NACE International Institute, an independent certification affiliate of NACE International.

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