SSPC Trainthepainter Training Program is an innovative and unique coating applicator training programme which has been written and developed by Industry experts.

The training material covers all aspects of surface preparation and coating application.

The training course is in the form of a downloadable application or via this website if you are registered.

Protective Coatings Application

Protective Coatings Application

  • Health and Safety
  • Access, Plant and Equipment
  • Surface Preparation
  • Coating Types
  • Coating Application
  • Quality Control

Abrasive Blast Cleaning

Abrasive Blast Cleaning

  • Introduction
  • Health and Safety
  • Blast Media
  • Standards and Quality Control
  • Operational Procedures
  • Process Control

Spray Painting

Spray Painting

  • Introduction
  • Health and Safety
  • Paint Materials
  • Airless Spray Equipment
  • Conventional Air Spray
  • Plural Component Spray

Coating Applicator Specialist

Coating Applicator Specialist

  • Metallic Coatings
  • Intumescent Coatings
  • Concrete
  • Environmental
  • Coating Failure
  • Management and Supervision
  • Offshore and Marine
  • Specialty Units
  • Visual Standards

Within each training module you will find a number of training units.

  • Protective Coatings Application – 76 Training Units
  • Abrasive Blast Cleaning – 25 Training Units
  • Spray Painting – 15 Training Units
  • Coating Applicator Specialist – 36 Training Units


Training units consist of theoretical training followed by student assessments.


A number of the training units have practical assessments.


All theoretical and practical assessments must be conducted by experienced and qualified trainers who have completed the Train the Trainers programme.

Trainthepainter Material

The training material is conducted with the use of the Trainthepainter app which is downloaded by the approved trainers via the site (after login).

This website contains all the relevant documents needed to conduct the training programme.

This website also contains useful tools and information to complement the training course and a full set of student handout notes that accompany the training can be downloaded, saved or printed.

The website can also be used in lieu of the training app, if preferred, when an internet connection is available.

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We would like to thank Blast One for the use of various images and illustrations in our training program

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