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.

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Course - Basic Corrosion

The Basic Corrosion Course focuses on corrosion and the potential problems caused by corrosion. It provides a basic but thorough review of causes of corrosion and the methods by which it can be identified, monitored, and controlled. Active participation is encouraged through hands-on experiments and case studies, as well as an open discussion format. NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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Course - Basic Corrosion Course on CD-ROM

The Basic Corrosion Course on CD-ROM contains the same technical content as the classroom course and is presented in an easy-to-use self-study format. The CD-ROM offers eight text chapters with color diagrams and photos, four quizzes, two case study exercises, and two video-simulated corrosion experiments. To successfully complete the CD-ROM version of Basic Corrosion you must pass the written examination within six months of being sent the CD. This is a proctored test that must be taken in-person with a NACE—approved proctor. To help you accomplish this, NACE has provided three easy options from which to choose.

  • Option 1: Take the exam in your geographic area under the supervision of an approved NACE proctor.
  • Option 2: Take the exam at NACE Headquarters in Houston, Texas.
  • Option 3: Take the exam at any class listed in this guide (no need to sit through the class).

Please make arrangements to take the exam through NACE in advance of your desired test date. Please contact Theresa Collins, Certification Assistant, at theresa.collins@nace.org or via phone at 281/228-6258.

Your certificate will be mailed once the exam is successfully completed.

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Course - PCS 1 Basic Principles

PCS 1 Basic Principles provides an introduction of coatings and linings used to control corrosion as well as the economic benefits of managing them. This course defines and examines common coatings used for corrosion control and addresses when, how and why they should be used. NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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Course - PCS 2 Advanced

PCS 2 Advanced provides advanced-level technology topics related to protective coatings. NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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Course - PCS 3 Management

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). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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Course - Shipboard Corrosion Assessment Training (S-CAT)

This course is intended to provide a foundation of coatings, corrosion, and corrosion control knowledge for assessing the condition of tanks and other structures, and determining the required actions necessary to effectively maintain fully operational status. The course will equip the assessor with practical guidelines for surveying and evaluating the condition of the protective coating system on specific areas of a marine vessel. The desired end result is that assessors utilize a consistent, orderly, and repeatable process of evaluation that has the confidence of all those involved in the maintenance cycle. NACE is recognized as an Authorized Provider of Continuing Education Units by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). To receive CEUs, participants are required to be engaged in the entire course and successfully pass the final exam. At the conclusion of the course you will be asked to complete a course evaluation.

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