Protective Coating Technician

Protective Coating Technician
3 Day Course
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Protective Coating Technician

The Protective Coating Technician certification is for protective coatings professionals with 1-2 years of work experience and knowledge in the areas of coatings system selection, surface preparation, coating application, coating inspection and quality control, use of testing instruments, and documentation and data reporting.

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 apply  |  Course learning objectives

How to achieve certification

  1. Meet work experience requirements

    Bachelor's degree in physical sciences or engineering with 1 year of verifiable work experience in the protective coatings field


    2 years of verifiable work experience in the protective coatings field

  2. Enroll and complete course requirements

    Successful completion of PCS 1 – Basic Principles

    Successful completion of the Ethics for the Corrosion Professional course or an equivalent training

  3. Meet certification requirements

    Approved Protective Coating Technician Application

    Corrosion Foundations Micro-Credential

  4. Take required exams

    Certification Exam – NACE PCS 1 - Basic Principles Exam (delivered via Examity)

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Exam preparation guides

Written Exam Preparation Guide

Coming soon:
Practical Exam Preparation Guide

Certification resources

Remote Online Exam Proctoring and Examity Resources

Ethics for the corrosion professional

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Course prerequisites


There are no required prerequisites for this course.


Math for the Coatings Professional eCourse

Who should pursue and apply?

Anyone involved in corrosion control and integrity management of fixed offshore structures. The curriculum benefits varied levels of professionals including:

  • 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

Course 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

Course completion and end of course exam

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.

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

Certification exams

Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Renewal requirements

An approved recertification application is required every 3 years. The work experience requirement for renewals for all certifications is one and half (1.5) years for the most recent three (3) year period. Additionally, some certifications have other requirements related to responsibility in charge.

As you prepare for renewal, please visit My Certification Portal to log and manage your work experience and Professional Development Hours (PDH's) needed. Your work experience and PDH's will be submitted as part of your renewal application but you can input PDH's at any time. See the certification renewal guide for PDH's requirements, our sample training PDH guide, and our PDH how-to videos.

Certification holders are required to pay a non-refundable processing fee for renewal.

NOTE: AMPP reserves the right to return any incomplete applications or those that do not meet the requirements. All application fees are non-refundable. To avoid processing delays or forfeiture of fees, please ensure that the application is complete, meets all the requirements and payment has been received.

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