Continuing Education

AIA/CES registered programs offered by PPG Industries

At PPG, we are committed to providing quality continuing education courses across all of our product categories. We know that product integration is the key to meeting your design goals and we are here to help. Please review the listing below for information about all of our current AIA/CES registered programs or access our current AIA/CES Registered Program brochure.

PPG Architectural Coatings Continuing Education Courses

VOCs: What are They?

Participants will learn the definition of VOC; understand why VOC's are harmful; outline what laws govern VOC limits.

Credits: 1 LU, HSW

Surface Preparation: Building a Solid Foundation

Participants will understand ASTM Visual Standards to determine degrees of rusting; understand the different methods of preparing steel and concrete for painting; be able to specify appropriate surface preparation for steel and concrete; understand surface preparation requirements based on the high performance coatings specified; be able to reference appropriate standards from ASTM and NACE for surface preparation requirements.

Credits: 1 LU

Protecting Surfaces from Corrosion

Participants will learn about the goal of surface preparation and the result when it is successful; learn about SSPC and their corrosion protection guidelines; learn about the length of service of coatings when various surface preparation techniques are used; learn about several types of coating systems and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Credits: 1 LU, HSW

Basic Paint Applications

Participants will get an in depth look at the components of paint including: pigments, binders, solvents and additives; learn about surface preparation of substrates prior to the application of paints and coatings; identify types of paints and coatings such as acrylics, alkyds, epoxies, urethanes, floor coatings and intumescent fire protective coatings.

Credits: 1 LU

Introduction to Coatings

Participants will learn what paint is and its basic composition; learn what the various types of paint are; learn the basic performance characteristics of paint; understand the difference between perceived aesthetics and measurable standards as a basis for paint selection.

Credits: 1 LU

Selecting Quality Paints and Coatings using MPI

Participants will learn how U.S. standards used for specifying paint have evolved; understand how to apply specification methods of the Master Painters Institute (MPI); and learn how to integrate MPI methods and product specifying into AIA Masterspec.

Credits: 1 LU

Minimizing Mold, Mildew and Fungus with Good Paint Specs

Participants will gain a better understanding of mold, mildew and fungus species (food sources and toxic byproducts) using NIST software—MOIST 3.0—to determine vapor barrier placement in warm versus cold climates; provide suggested edits to Div 1 and 9 sections for new construction and renovation projects; and review commercial products/systems comparisons.

Credits: 1 LU, HSW

Color Destinations

Participants will learn how sociological trends and events shape the selection of meaningful colors for trends; obtain an understanding of the profound shift toward “conscious living” and the move to an “age of meaning” where there is an increased appreciation and respect for all things organic, authentic and meaningful in the products we choose and the environments we create; and understand the science of choice and how it relates to the universal yet personal nature of color selection and how we respond to it emotionally.

Credits: 1 LU

Paint Specifications and the Effects on Green Building

Participants will learn how VOC criteria can contribute to green building; understand what governs the classification of paint as "green," receive an overview of LEED and the credits affected by paint; and learn about the design and specification considerations involved with "green" paint.

Credits: 1 LU, HSW

Intumescent Fire-Protective Coatings

Participants will learn about the reasons to specify intumescent coatings; understand the difference in fire tests—cellulose vs. hydrocarbon; learn about epoxy (thick-film) vs. thin-film coatings; and become familiar with the descriptions and requirements of explosion testing.

Credits: 1 LU, HSW

A Unique Painting of Fallingwater

Participants will gain a historical perspective on Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Fallingwater; learn about the challenges involved with the aging of Fallingwater; see an overview of the techniques used to restore this architectural jewel; and learn how paint was used to preserve and conserve Fallingwater.

Credits: 1 LU