Protective Coating Specialist - Basic Principles (PCS 1)

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Protective Coating Specialist - Basic Principles (PCS 1)

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 comprises lectures and open discussions.

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Who should attend

  • Planning, engineering, and supervisory level personnel responsible for industrial coatings and linings who are new to the field or position
  • Specifiers, maintenance, and project engineers in all industries
  • Marketing representatives of coatings materials or equipment
  • Unit managers involved in corrosion

Learning objectives

  • Define corrosion control and the purpose of coatings and linings
  • Identify the types of coating systems and select the appropriate one based on factoring considerations
  • Recognize the purpose of surface preparation and identify errors/omissions
  • Explain the methods of application and the standards associated with those methods
  • Produce desired results by understanding the importance of coating specification and pre-job conference
  • Conduct inspection and quality control and understand the instruments and tools required
  • Utilize instruments and tests to conduct inspection and quality control
  • Document and report data, recognize the importance of it and how it assists with maintenance planning



There are no required prerequisites for this course.


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Course completion

Successful completion of the course is required to earn a certificate of course completion. Requirements are specific to each course and may include a combination of attendance, daily assessments, activities, quizzes, or knowledge checks. All certification and renewal applicants will be required to complete the NACE International ethics training program OR an equivalent training and provide proof of completion as part of the certification application or renewal process.

End of course exam

Successful completion of the written exam is required to earn a certificate of completion.

3 Day Course
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