HAMPTON, UK – PRA is offering several training courses in November and December of this year. New this year is the Paint & Coatings Basics course. The following courses are also offered this fall: Radiation Curing Technology, Paint Technology and Professional Paint Formulation. Courses are being held at the PRA Coatings Technology Centre, Hampton, UK.

Paint & Coatings Basics, offered Nov. 24, 2010, is designed for anyone who is a newcomer to a paint-related field or does not have a scientific background. It will be particularly useful to sales and marketing personnel. The course provides an introduction to paint technology. It explains why paints are used and from what they are made. Other aspects include manufacture and application, testing and performance. A commercial overview of the major markets is also included.

The Paint Technology course is being offered Nov. 15-18, 2010. The course is designed for newcomers to the industry who need a firm foundation in the technology of surface coatings. A comprehensive and intensive four-day course, it contains an overview of the raw materials used in surface coatings and their contribution to the final properties of the coatings.

Professional Paint Formulation is offered Nov. 2-3, 2010. Designed for suppliers of raw materials, formulators and production personnel, the course provides an overview of the many factors involved in developing commercial formulations. Additionally, participants are shown how to locate sources of raw material information and to use formulating spreadsheets and databases for creating formulating templates and calculating paint constants.

The Radiation Curing Technology course will take place Dec. 6-8, 2010. It is designed for both newcomers and more experienced personnel from companies involved in formulation, supplying raw materials, equipment manufacture and end use. It is an intensive course that provides a firm foundation in the chemistry, principles and applications of ultraviolet and electron-beam technologies.

For additional information about PRA's training courses, visit www.pra-world.com/nandl/training/courses.