PCA Painter Training Series

The industry standard for how to execute the skills of the painting trade

The PCA Painter Training series sets the standard for how to execute the skills of the trade using the COPs (Craftsman Operating Procedures) as the guide in a multi-media, bilingual, online course format. These tactical videos provide in-depth instruction for mastering the most critical skills in the trade. Use them as refresher classes or as part of a scheduled training program.

Free Tier

$ 0.00
  • Video-Only Portion
  • Library of 8 Video Topics
  • Available on Web & App
  • Stream to TVs using Airplay and Chromecast
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Premium

$ 99.00 per person (*non-member price)
  • Online Training Portal
  • Library of 8 Sequential Video Topics
  • Knowledge Check Quizzes After Each Video
  • Digital Certificate of Completion
  • Exclusive Access for Each Student
  • Fees waived via promo code for PCA Member Companies

Free Tier

$ 0.00
  • Video-Only Portion
  • Library of 8 Video Topics
  • Available on Web & App
  • Stream to wider screens using Airplay and Chromecast
Most Popular

Premium

$ 99.00 per person (*non-member price)
  • Online Training Portal
  • Library of 8 Sequential Video Topics
  • Knowledge Check Quizzes After Each Video
  • Digital Certificate of Completion
  • Exclusive Access for Each Student
  • Fees waived via promo code for PCA Member Companies

With the generous support of Sherwin Williams, PPG, and Benjamin Moore, PCA is developing a robust video-on-demand training program to answer the industry’s need for  unskilled and skilled labor.

EPISODE 1
Paint Can Open & Closing

Opening a paint can and pouring paint might seem like a small thing, but using the correct technique will demonstrate that you are a professional painter. And learning the correct way prevents spills and ensures that label information is readable and visible to prevent confusion.

In addition, opening a paint can is the best time to make sure the materials are properly mixed and to check the color and make sure the color is correct. You don’t want to be the one who paints the kitchen the wrong color.

EPISODE 2
Cordless Drill

The cordless drill is one of the most useful tools in the field. This is especially true when removing hardware. With the appropriate screwdriver bit, the drill is able to quickly remove screws holding entry doors, cabinet doors and cabinet drawers. In many cases, the cordless drill will be one of the first tools used on the job site.

EPISODE 3
Hardware Removal

Before painting, staining or enameling—all hardware is typically removed, or protected, according to your scope of work. In this video, we’ll cover the proper techniques in order to avoid lost or damaged parts.

Removing hardware requires following a sequence, labeling and then reinstalling. Everything must go back to its original place in order to reduce confusion...at the job site. After all, the person who removed the hardware may not be the same person who replaces the hardware. This means planning, labeling and thinking ahead. Let’s take a look…

EPISODE 4
Tape Knowledge

A professional painter knows which tape to use in different situations. If you’re not sure, you can always ask the paint vendor for advice and read the packaging on the tape. Tape comes in different widths and with different adhesives. Low-tack tape is less sticky than high-tack tape.

It’s also important to understand that the color of the tape in one brand doesn’t mean it has the same qualities in another brand with the same color. Don’t let the color fool you. Always check the label to make sure you’re using the right tape for the right surface. Let’s take a look.

EPISODE 5
Application & Tape Removal

When you apply tape to protect a surface, you need to be thinking about the moment when you will remove the tape from that surface.

Will it come off easy and in one continuous segment?

How long will the tape be sticking on the surface?

Is there any chance the adhesive will transfer or lift the finish on that surface?

These are all the reasons why it’s important to learn the proper technique and to use the correct tape for the job. Let’s take a look….

EPISODE 6
Care & Use of Vacuum

Job site preparation involves clearing away dust and debris. Vacuuming, in particular, takes away the fine dust particles that may stick to the wet materials on surfaces, resulting in a rough finish.

When we clean the areas near the substrates that will receive paint or other finishes, we want to reduce the possibility of dust getting picked up by the sprayer.

EPISODE 7
Protecting Floors

When you arrive at many job sites, one of the first things you’ll do is move and group furniture to keep it out of the way before you paint the area. But before you do, make sure you know where the furniture goes when the job is done.

While laying tarps and draping plastic is part of the job, be sure to inspect the floors before you cover them, for any pre-existing damage.

EPISODE 8
Brush Cleaning

They say that paint work involves 80% prep and 20% actual painting, but from the moment you dip a brush into the paint, you have committed to cleaning the brush later. Proper cleaning extends the life of a brush and ensures maximum performance.

But before you begin to clean, you need to know what type of paint was used. The type of paint will determine whether you should use water, or a solvent, to clean the brush.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TRAINING PORTAL

To sign up for an account in our training portal you can use a social media account, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google, or you can sign up with just your name, an email address, and a password.

You can either prompt the system to reset your password for you by clicking on the “Forgot your password?” in red at the bottom of the login pop-up or by contacting the system administrator at mbass@pcapainted.org.

After users have enrolled in a course, they will be able to access it indefinitely.

You only have two attempts to pass each quiz with a score of 70% or higher.

Yes, you must watch the entire video before the quiz is unlocked.

After you have successfully completed each video and passed each quiz, you will receive a certificate of completion. You can download the certificate, share it to Facebook or to your LinkedIn profile. You can always log back into your training portal account and go to your profile to see and download your certificate again at any point.

The program is fairly simple, but if you’d like to see where a specific employee is at in the course, please contact the system administrator at mbass@pcapainted.org.

The training portal uses PayPal as our payment gateway to process payments. You will be taken to a PayPal payment page to complete your purchase. You do not need to have a PayPal account to complete your purchase. Inside PayPal, you can pay with any credit card or bank account that you have connected to your PayPal account.

The introductory price for access to the Painter Training series is $99 per trainee for non-members.

The PCA training portal unlocks training materials and gives automatic access to materials at the time of purchase. Once the course is purchased, no refunds will be issued.

If you are a PCA member and did not use the promo code and were charged the non-member price, please contact support@pcapainted.org to request a refund. Once your membership is verified, a refund (minus processing fees) of the overpayment will be issued to the card used for the purchase.

Contact support@pcapainted.org for the promo code.

The promo code will be changed twice a year. Check your email for updates or contact support@pcapainted.org.

If you don’t enter the promo code at checkout, you will be charged the non-member price. Please contact support@pcapainted.org to verify that you are a current PCA member and start the refund process.

If you have any technical questions or issues, please contact the system administrator at mbass@pcapainted.org.

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