Crew Training

Train your crew with the Trade Best Practices on-demand video series

We Are All Feeling The Effects 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.
Bar Graph comparing job market

Train Your Crew with the Trade Best Practice Series

Crew Training begins with our 15-video Trade Best Practice series providing a comprehensive overview for those new to the trade. These newcomer friendly videos teach some basic skills, introduce safety and PPE and provide stories from painters in the field that will encourage those entering the trade.

  • Online Training Portal
  • Post-video Quizzes
  • Proof of Course Completion via Personalized Student Certificate

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Coming soon in both Spanish and English versions: The PCA Painter Training series. These online learning modules will demonstrate each technique in manageable steps. Videos, quizzes and e-books will clearly define terms, skills process, tools, materials, and safety requirements. Stay tuned, save time and train your crew online. For more information contact education@pcapainted.org.

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
The Painting Industry

In this video, we discuss what it means to have a career in the painting industry and introduce work safety and organization. We also go in the field to see how both commercial and residential companies stay safe and organized.

 

EPISODE 2
Cleaning

In this video, we discuss the different types of cleaning and the importance of preparing surfaces for painting. We go in the field to see how professional painters keep homeowners’ belongings protected, and how contractors remain safe when preparing commercial projects. This video demonstrates the Trade Best Practices for prep and cleaning.

 

EPISODE 3
Taping

In this video, we discuss the different attributes and types of tape. We also go out in the field to see how companies tape trim and baseboards. The Trade Best Practices for application and the differences between tape types are demonstrated.

 

EPISODE 4
Masking

In this video, we discuss masking materials and how to use them on various projects. We go in the field to see how several companies mask both commercial and residential projects. The Trade Best Practices for masking big and small objects, making a hanging loop and the differences in masking materials are demonstrated.

 

EPISODE 5
Huddle-Up and PPE

In this video, we discuss the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) on job sites and safety resources. We also go in the field for a respirator test and attend a team training.

 

EPISODE 6
Sanding

In this video, we discuss what and where to sand and what tools to use. We go in the field to see how sanding smooths surfaces, the benefits of a dustless sander and how painters choose the right grit for the job. The Trade Best Practices for using power and pole sanders are demonstrated.

 

EPISODE 7
Spackling

In this video, we discuss why and where to spackle and give an overview of the different types of spackle. We go in the field to fix minor and major imperfections. We demonstrate the Trade Best Practices for inspecting walls, selecting putty knives and spackling.

 

EPISODE 8
Caulking

In this video, we discuss the aspects of caulk and go over ladder safety. We go in the field to see how companies choose the type of caulk for the job and how they apply it. We demonstrate the Trade Best Practices for cutting a tube, loading a gun, applying caulk and maximizing wingspan on ladders.

 

EPISODE 9
Planning and Sequencing

In this video, we discuss site planning and sequencing and how it improves overall workflow. We also go in the field to see how companies plan and how worksite organization saves time and keeps their crew members safe.

 

EPISODE 10
Priming

In this video, discuss the major attributes of primers and give examples of each. We go in the field to learn different priming methods and how to decide between primer types. The Trade Best Practices for opening and pouring paint and rolling primer are demonstrated.

 

EPISODE 11
Brushing

In this video, we discuss the different parts of a brush and the basic attributes of paint. We go in the field to brush trim and intricate surfaces. This video demonstrates the Trade Best Practices for brush loading, brush type and cutting in.

 

EPISODE 12
Rolling

In this video, we discuss the benefits of rolling, types of roller covers, and roller size. We go in the field to see how companies roll on both commercial and residential projects. This video demonstrates the Trade Best Practices for using a positive locking roller system, loading a roller and rolling a wall.

EPISODE 13
Cleanup and Closeout

In this video, we discuss what a painter is responsible for at the end of the day and the importance of closeout. We go in the field to learn how end of the day cleanup is a team effort and the benefits of having a good closeout system in place. This video demonstrates the Trade Best Practices for brush cleaning and roller disposal.

 

EPISODE 14
Business

In this video, we discuss business-related factors to keep in mind when on the job. We go in the field to meet business owners who show us how their companies operate and learn about the qualities they look for when hiring new painters.

 

EPISODE 15
Expertise

In this video, we discuss the recipe for success for a rewarding career in the painting industry. We go in the field to find out how business owners got started and grew their companies. They also give tips on how to be a successful painter. This video demonstrates exercises you can do before and after the workday to keep your muscles warm and ready.

 

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.

Once you start the course for the first time, you will have two weeks to complete the course and receive your certificate before your access expires.

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 enhanced TBP 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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