PCA Education Foundation

Educating The Future Of Our Industry

Training Development

Promoting The Paint Trade

Scholarships For Schooling


Educational content produced by the PCA is funded in part by the Education Foundation so that paint contractors like you can receive the knowledge to grow your business.

We Are All Feeling The Affects Of The Labor Shortage

As aging trade workers retire from the workforce there are not enough young people entering in.

  • For every 1 person that enters the trades, 5 will retire.
  • 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement each day.
  • This is a shortage of 31 million skilled trade workers today.
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Leading Industry Growth

A formal education may not be enough in today's world. Pairing education with learning a trade is one path to an amazing future!

  • 4-Year Degrees cost $100k on average

  • 42% of Students use loans to fund their college education

  • Young people who choose trades enter the workforce with little to no debt

The PCA is enabling young workers to enter the paint trade with the help of the Education Foundation.



Training Development

Thanks to the donation from Benjamin Moore the PCA was able to produce the Trade Best Practice Series which serves as a foundational tool for on-the-job training. Available to 300,000+ painting contractors, companies have the ability to show on-demand video to new trainees.

The PCA continues to develop training material thanks to the sponsorship from our national friends and partners.



Promoting The Paint Trade

To tackle the labor crisis young people and displaced workers must become aware that painting is a viable career path. With the help of the PCA Education Foundation Fund we are able to raise awareness and attract new workers to the trade.




The PCA A.E. Robert Friedman Scholarship, originally established in 1978, is open to any high school senior or college-age student seeking to further their education. Students seeking to further education at a college or university are welcome to apply for the Education Scholarship and students starting their education for a career in the painting industry are welcome to apply for the Vocational Scholarship.

2020 A.E. Robert Friedman PCA Scholarship Recipients

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Grace Burns


Curtis Hansford

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Parker Spear

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Tyler Kleinsasser

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Jacob Flake

PCA A.E. Robert Friedman

Education Scholarship


Students applying to any state-certified university or college are eligible for this scholarship.

You can apply either online or by downloading the PDF application and mailing it to the PCA National Headquarters.

PCA A.E. Robert Friedman

Vocational Scholarship


Students enrolled in a program in the painting or coatings industry are eligible for this scholarship. These programs might include state-certified community, vocational and technical institutions.

You can apply either online or by downloading the PDF application and mailing it to the PCA National Headquarters.

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