Train The Painter


Train the painter is the fastest growing global coating applicator training programme here are some of the key benefits linked to the programme.

Train the painter and its associated specialist training and certification scheme is now the most specified and recognised training and certification scheme in the world

Train the painter meets the requirements of the joint SSPC/NACE Standard ACS-1/NACE no:13, NORSOK M_501 and ISO17024 for certification  purposes
Specified by Highways Agency, Network rail, Ministry of Defence, Nuclear and Oil and Gas Industry,Saudi Aramca, US Navy

Accredited by Lloyds Register, CSCS,RosPA, TSSEA, Water JEtting Association, ASFP, BRE

Train the Painter Certification Programme is accrediated by IACET offering Contuning Education Unit’s

Specialist Coating Applicator courses accredited in Thin and Thick Film Intumescent, Thermal metal spraying, Marine Coating, Water Jetting and the Coating Supervisor Course.

Train the Painter have a dedicated support and customer service team who keep in regular contact with their clients to ensure they receive the best training experience possible.

What is Train The Painter

Train the painter is an international market leader in Coating Applicator training and certification.
Developed by industry experts Train the painter has been created in response to strong demand and an obvious requirement from within the industrial coatings industry worldwide. Industry specifies that Operatives working on road, rail, nuclear, marine and oiland gas programmes all attain professional training and certificates.

Who it’s aimed at?

Aimed at coating applicators, blasters and sprayers offering a comprehensive package of training modules that ensure safety,efficiency, professionalism and an insight into methods of surface treatment and application of protective coatings.

Practical and theoretical training units


Protective coating applicator (Classroom and online available)
4 – 5 days*
Spray painting
1 – 2 days*
Abrasive blast cleaning
2 days*
Health & safety – mandatory one day classroom Introduction Introduction
Health & safety Health & safety
Access plant & equipment
Paint materials Blast media
Surface preparation
Airless spray equipment Standards & quality control
Coating types
Conventional spray Operational procedures
Coating application
Plural component spray Process control
Quality control
One day practical training One day practical training
One day practical training

Thin Film Intumescent Coating Applicator

Thorough and correct training in Thin Film Intumescent Coating saves time, money and ultimately lives!

As part of the Globally recognised Train the painter programme, an independently accredited training course for Thin Film Intumescent coatings has been developed to meet industry standards and expectations.

Developed with input from industry experts and associated bodies creating a market leading accredited Thin Film Intumescent coatings course. All aspects of surface preparation and application of the internationally used products will be covered using both practical and theoretical methods.

Course content
  • Fire protection design
  • What is intumescent coating?
  • Fire protection of steel work
  • Types of fire specifications
  • Coating methodology
  • Coating failures
  • Surface preparation and priming quantities
  • Wet & dry thickness
  • Coating types and mixing
  • Drying times and top coats
  • Equipment
  • Environmental conditions
  • Finishing
  • Quality documentation & risk assessments
  • Intumescent coating specification
Entry criteria

Train the painter for the one day course. No pre requisite for the three day course.

Study time

1 day course for Train the painter Certified or equivalent or 3 day course.

Thick Film Intumescent Coating Applicator

Thick film intumescent coatings have long been used in the protective coatings industry particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector to protect structure against hydrocarbon fires. The course has been developed to assist in the understanding and improvement of applicators
skills specific to this type of material. The course was developed in conjunction with industry experts and many of the major paintcompanies.

Course content
  • Introduction
  • Health and safety
  • Paint materials
  • Airless spray equipment
  • Plural component spray
  • Thick film intumescent coatings
  • Passive fire protection – engineering
  • Passive fire protection – application
Entry criteria

SSPC Train the painter or equivalent and must attend the 2 day WJA health and safety course.

Study time

2 day course.

Thermal Metal SprayingApplicator

Thermal metal spraying has long been used in the protective coating industry particularly in the oil and gas sector. The course has been developed to assist in understanding specific types of thermal metal spray and improve hand skills of Applicators.

The course has been developed and accredited in conjunction with the TSSEA and meets the requirement of ISO14918:2018thermal spraying qualification testing of thermal sprayers.

Course content
  • Flame spray
  • Arc spray
  • Codes of practice
  • Equipment set up
  • Application techniques
  • Quality control
Entry criteria

Train the painter or equivalent.

Study time

1 day course.

Water Jetting

High pressure water jetting is a very effective but hazardous method of surface preparation  in the protective coating industry. Popularity of this process is growing due to environmental considerations.

Accredited by the Water Jetting Association (WJA) this training certificate is globally accepted.

Course content
  • Introduction to high pressure water jetting
  • Coating systems used with high pressure water jetting
  • Risk assessments for site working
  • Method statements and checklists
  • Water jetting standards (ISO and SSPC/NACE)
  • High pressure water jetting to sea going vessels, offshore structures and general steel structures.
Entry criteria

Train the painter or equivalent and must attend the 2 day WJA health and safety course.

Study time

1 day course

Marine Coating Applicator

Marine coating applicators face many challenges not encountered in other environments.
It is therefore essential that the coatings are applied correctly and the surface preparation is in accordance with both regulations and the
coating suppliers recommendations. The marine coating applicator course was developed to deliver key skills and knowledge required when working in this specialised and demanding sector.

Course content
  • Design and types of ships
  • Why we paint ships
  • Methods of surface preparation
  • On board and ballast tank maintenance
  • Marine coating systems and dry docking
  • How to prepare and line a tank
Entry criteria

Train the painter or equivalent.

Study time

1 day course.

Coating Supervisor

The coatings industry has undergone considerable changes over the years, specifically related to increased levels of health & safety, new environmental legislation and minimum requirements for quality control.

This 2 day course has been developed to assist coating supervisors gain a thorough
understanding of their roles and responsibilities, improve awareness on health & safety and environmental legislation. They will also gain
an insight into coating technology, coating specifications, inspection techniques and equipment and paint related problems.

Course content
  • Duties of a supervisor
  • Material health & safety data sheets
  • COSHH assessment, risk assessment and method statements
  • Painting specifications
  • ISO and other standards
  • Product data Sheet
  • Basic paint technology
  • Paint failure
  • Paint inspection – theoretical inspection reports, logs plus practical inspection methods.
Entry criteria

Train the painter or equivalent.

Study time

2 day course.