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Pre-Coating Surface Preparation

COURSE NO: T02-003
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Pre-Coating Surface Preparation
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes surface preparation standards, common methods of surface preparation, and abrasive type and selection methods.


Surface preparation is the key factor in determining the success of a protective coating system. The equipment and techniques that can be used to achieve the desired surface cleanliness and roughness (profile) vary considerably. Traditional methods of surface preparation are now accompanied by new, innovative methods that have evolved mainly because of the issues surrounding the safe removal of lead-containing coatings from industrial structures. The ultimate objective of surface preparation is to create proper adhesion of a coating over an underlying substrate.


This 2 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, design and construction personnel, and other technical professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of surface preparation prior to coating applications.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Common methods of surface preparation
  • Abrasive type and selection
  • Surface preparation standards and specifications
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 7 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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Pre-Coating Surface Preparation (416 KB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twelve (12) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 7 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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