Fundamentals of Protective Coatings (C1)

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings
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5 days
From 1,220 USD
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Course description

Fundamentals of Protective Coatings (C1)

This program provides a practical, comprehensive overview for individuals new to the protective coatings industry. It is also a refresher for reviewing the fundamentals of corrosion and the use of coatings as a protective mechanism against corrosion and deterioration of industrial structures.

Course Content

  • Corrosion and Corrosion Control
  • Coating Types and Their Mechanisms and Protection
  • Surface Preparation for Painting
  • Application of Coatings
  • Inspection and Quality Control
  • Coatings for Steel Structures
  • Coating Degradation, Defects, and Failures
  • Coating of Concrete Surfaces
  • Safety in Painting Operations

Benefits of Attending

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify types of corrosion and select coatings that meet project demands.
  • Recognize the different types of coatings available and the various mechanisms at work in the process of protection.
  • Discuss how proper surface preparation is critical to achieving the maximum level of protection available through protective coating systems.
  • Describe the inspection equipment and methods used to ensure that all specification requirements are met.
  • Classify coating selection and application by facility and service environment.
  • List the factors that accelerate coating deterioration and the techniques used to avoid common defects.
  • Distinguish the unique selection and application problems with coating concrete surfaces.
  • Recognize the safety hazards involved in coating 
  • operations and the responsibilities of management and workers in safety training and practices.
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Who should attend?

Contractors, engineers, inspectors, consultants, facility owners, technical services and sales reps.

Training Content

Each participant receives a comprehensive manual, including a glossary of terms, references for additional reading, and copies of relevant handouts, standards, and regulations.

The written exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. To receive a certificate and CEUs, you must attend all 40 hours of the course and attain a 70% or better score on the exam.


C1 fulfills part of your training requirement forSSPC Protective Coatings Specialist (PCS) Certification. All students interested in pursuing PCS Certification, having less than 15 years coatings experience, must take the C1 Exam and theC2 Courseprior to applying to sit for PCS exam. Individuals who are unfamiliar with the fundamentals of coatings technology should consider taking C1 prior to C2.


Member - $1,020, NonMember - $1,220

DoD Funded Training

Under the DoD Corrosion Prevention and Control Program, funding has been provided to train DoD, Army, Navy, Airforce and Coast Guard personnel in SSPC's C1 Course. For more information on how to take advantage of attending this course for free, visit course website. 

Why choose SSPC?

Leading source of information in the protective coatings industry

Setting industry standards for 65+ years

Training and certification for professionals worldwide

About SSPC

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings

SSPC - The Society for Protective Coatings was founded in 1950 as the Steel Structures Painting Council, a non-profit professional society concerned with the use of coatings to protect industrial steel structures. In 1997, the name of the association was...

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Average rating 4.8

Based on 15 reviews

Patricia Hernandez
I now have knowledge to do things right and with confedence.
David Kaweck
Great! It provided an introduction/familiarization to acceptable practices and procedures associated with a major feature of work on most of the projects me and my organization are responsible for.
Aaron Bush
Great! Direct teaching is far more absorbent to me than the online approach.
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