Industrial Coating Application (ICA)

Industrial Coating Application (ICA) Online Program

The coatings industry is a highly technical field that requires skilled personnel to perform quality surface preparation and protective coatings application. The Industrial Coating Application Online Program is a comprehensive training program based on the NACE No. 13/SSPC-ACS-1 standard that sets the criteria for a qualified workforce that can meet contractors' and facility owners' need for consistent, quality work completed accurately, safely, and at a reasonable cost.

The eCourse features engaging slides, short quizzes, and downloadable resources that can be used on the job.

This one-of-a-kind program is designed to allow you to pick and choose which modules you’d like to take. See below for more information on what each module covers.

Who is the ICA Program for?

This must-take, interactive program is designed for anyone new to the coatings industry, as well as safety directors, contractors, foremen, supervisors, applicators, and inspectors. 

Module 1: Safety Codes, Practices & Standards

18 hours • 18 PDHs

Learn general safety guidelines, whether you’re working in the field or shop environments. Get familiarized with recognized safe work practices based on industry standards.

What this module covers:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space and ventilation
  • HAZCOM and safety data sheets (SDS)
  • Respiratory protection
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Module 2: Process Control

3.5 hours • 3.5 PDHs

Understand the planning process, which includes written procedures used to maintain consistency and quality from job to job, needed for industrial coatings projects to be successful.

What this module covers:

  • Work planning
  • Process control
  • Product data sheets (PDS)
  • Safety data sheets (SDS)
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Module 3: Surface Preparation

13 hours • 13 PDHs

Review surface preparation equipment, methods, and standards that will help ensure the coatings’ designed lifecycle is maximized.

What this module covers:

  • Surface preparation fundamentals
  • Hand and power tools
  • Abrasive blasting types and equipment
  • Concrete surface preparation
  • Waterjetting
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Module 4: Liquid Coating Application

15 hours • 15 PDHs

Explore the use of industrial coatings, types of coatings, the most common methods of applying industrial coatings and the factors affecting application.

What this module covers:

  • Types of coatings
  • Curing mechanisms
  • Mixing and thinning
  • Application equipment and techniques
  • Measurement, monitoring, and storage
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There are no prerequisites for the ICA program or any of its modules.


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Course completion

Successful completion of the module 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.

End of course exam

There is no post course exam, but there will be knowledge checks throughout the program.

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