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On November 18, 2022, PCA and ALL IN Painting hosted an interactive skills training, in conjunction with industry partners Sherwin-Williams & 3M. Attendees were able to put theory into practice, because the all-day workshop was split between classroom-style presentations, guided demonstrations by industry experts and hands-on skill training.

The instruction included videos from PCA’s Painter Training series—a free member resource that can be found online at PCA Overdrive or on the Overdrive app. Industry partners Sherwin-Williams and 3M were also onsite assisting with product knowledge and industry expertise.


Topics included: how to protect flooring, loading and operating a hand masker for bagging windows and cabinet openings and how to load and operate a caulk gun. After watching the live demonstrations, attendees engaged by cutting red rosin paper and papering picture frames, which acted as makeshift cabinets.

Getting Hands On

The interactive theme continued as participants broke out into stations and practiced their skills with the hand-masker including: bagging cabinets, as well as taping off large exterior-like windows and protecting them with plastic.

Bagging Cabinets


According to PCA, the new workshop for novice painters and those who train them, is part of their mission to professionalize the trade by assisting contractors with painter training. “Novice painters are more profitable in the field and quicker when time is invested in training,” said PCA Education Program Manager, Julie Ethan.

PCA created this workshop using a unique training formula to maximize productivity in the field. Training topics such as; how to set up a hand masker, were broken down into a series of 3-5 steps. Classroom theory was then followed by a guided demonstration by trainers Larry Gehrke with PCA and Martin Bizjack with ALL IN Painting in Indianapolis. And finally, skills were solidified by hands-on practice.

Novice Painter


The Prep & Protect Workshop marks PCA’s first hands-on skills training using this interactive method. Attendees ranged from novice painters to those that train them such as: foremen, crew leaders, and trainers.

While the novice painter learned a lot, even seasoned pros took away new tips. “I like how thorough it has been. They thought of every detail,” said Mary of HD Paint & Stain Co.

To learn more about training your crew using Painter Training, a free PCA Member Resource, visit the Painter Training website.

Painter Training is just one of many resources available to PCA members. Visit us online to find out how PCA membership can improve your business.

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