OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) is offering a Diploma in Coatings Technology to members and non-members in the coatings industry in Canada and around the world. The course material and examinations, including the final exam, are now delivered exclusively online.

CPCA recently took over the administration of the course from the Toronto Society for Coatings Technology (TOSCOT), which developed the course in the early 1990s to accelerate on-the-job training for new chemists joining the industry. Over the years, the course has provided a solid foundation in coatings technology for 800+ graduates in Canada.

“The Diploma in Coatings Technology fills the gap between postsecondary education and the specialized knowledge that is required for success in the coatings industry,” said Gary LeRoux, President of the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association. “The skills shortage has reached a crisis point in Canada, and this course helps address the issue for our industry.”

The course is divided into three semesters, with all material and examinations delivered online. The content provides an overview of paint and coatings technology that will be of interest to all those who wish to advance their career in the industry.

CPCA has created an Education and Training Technical Committee that will also include members who were previously board members of TOSCOT. The committee will also include representation from other members of CPCA who will assist in providing the training support, advice and development needed to help sustain the coatings industry in the coming years.

For more information or to register for the Diploma in Coatings Technology, visit the CPCA website.