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Coating Application and Inspection

COURSE NO: T03-001
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Coating Application and Inspection
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the technologies, techniques, advantages and limitations, equipment, typical coating types involved, and safety considerations for each type of application method.


The choice of an application method depends on the type of coating to be applied, the type and size of surface to be coated, and governing environmental regulations. There are various methods of coating application, including brush application, roller application, conventional spray, high volume-low pressure spray, airless spray, plural component spray, and electrostatic spray.


Approximately 85 percent of all premature coating failures are a result of poor surface preparation, inadequate mixing, thinning, and/or poor coating application. Onsite quality control inspection during surface preparation and coating application procedures can help prevent failures of these types. Proper inspection techniques must be combined with knowledgeable instrument use, good common sense, and thorough documentation of work activities and inspection checkpoints to help ensure specification compliance. The amount of inspection and the specific inspection checkpoints will vary with the type and size of the coating project. This course presents eleven quality control inspection procedures as follows:

  • Pre-surface preparation inspection
  • Ambient conditions
  • Compressed air cleanliness
  • Surface profile
  • Surface cleanliness
  • Paint storage, mixing, and thinning procedures
  • Application techniques
  • Wet and dry coating thickness
  • Pinhole detection
  • Adhesion
  • Cure


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, design and construction personnel, and other technical professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of coating application and inspection.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Methods of coating application
  • Documentation of coating applications
  • Pre-surface preparation inspection
  • Measurement of ambient conditions
  • Assessment of compressed air cleanliness
  • Measurement of surface profile
  • Evaluation of surface cleanliness
  • Paint storage, mixing, and thinning
  • Measurement of wet coating thickness
  • Nondestructive measurement of dry coating thickness
  • Destructive measurement of dry coating thickness
  • Cleanliness and time (cure) between coats
  • Holiday/pinhole detection
  • Adhesion testing and evaluation
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapters 8 and 9 of the “Painting: New Construction and Maintenance” engineering manual, published by the United States Army of Corps of Engineers (USACE), Publication Number EM 1110-2-3400.

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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapters 8 and 9 of this USACE publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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