Protective Coating Specialist - Advanced (PCS 2)

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Protective Coating Specialist - Advanced (PCS 2)

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.

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Who should attend

This course is recommended for technical personnel who work with protective coatings on a regular basis including:

  • Planners
  • Engineers
  • Supervisors

Learning objectives

  • Recognize uses of coatings and linings, best practices, and external factors that influence their use
  • Differentiate between organic and inorganic coatings
  • Recognize the uses and benefits of convertible coatings
  • Describe specialty coating types, advantages/disadvantages, and standards that govern them
  • Discuss coating characteristics including the basic chemistry and unique characteristics that affect surface preparation and application needs
  • Perform common test and qualification methods for liquid-applied coatings
  • Recognize the chemistry of non-liquid and liquid applied coatings
  • Describe the various types of tests performed on coatings and identify coating defects
  • Recognize substrate surface preparation issues and industry standards, configuration types, and factors affecting their coating application
  • Develop a complete and unambiguous coating specification
  • Determine coating system selection goals, objectives, performance requirements, design engineered properties and trade-offs
  • Select the appropriate test to determine the condition of the substrate
  • Select the appropriate test to determine the condition of the existing protective coating system



There are no required prerequisites for this course.


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
English and Spanish

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