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Industrial coatings paint spraying


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills to support the following scope: introduction to spray painting, health & safety in spray painting, understanding paint materials, understanding airless spray, understanding conventional spray, understanding plural spray


16 guided learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge and skills to support the following:


  • introduction to spray painting
  • health & safety in spray painting
  • understanding paint materials
  • understanding airless spray
  • understanding conventional spray
  • understanding plural spray

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision

Delegate pre-requisites

Delegates must have successfully completed training to the Protective coatings applicator standard


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • ICorr, NACE or Frosio level 2
  • an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
  • at least 2 years industrial experience relevant to the scope of the standard
  • successfully completed the 2 day Train the Trainer course
  • a verifiable CV


All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The learning environment, class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • face to face learning environment only (such as classroom/workshop etc.) for theoretical training
  • e-learning only (independent learning using an on-line platform) for theoretical training
  • a blend of face to face and e-learning for theoretical training
  • face to face learning environment only (such as classroom or workshop etc.) for all practical training

This standard is theoretical learning.

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.


For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course practical assessment and knowledge test that measures all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:

  • multiple choice questions
  • practical assessment

Pass or fail criteria for the practical element of this standards

  • 100%

Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, all learning outcomes must be covered over a minimum of 50 questions and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 70%.

Quality assurance


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Refresher every 10 years

Buffer/grace period 

3 months

Approval date

November 2022

Review cycle

On request or 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The delegate will be able to:

  • gain an understanding of how liquid paints are applied
  • gain a basic understanding of the corrosion process relating to steel structures
  • gain an appreciation of how corrosion can be controlled by correct surface preparation and coating application
  • gain a thorough understanding of the importance of surface preparation prior to application of protective coatings
  • gain an insight into the various types of surfaces, which may be pre-prepared, prepared and coated
  • understand the basic constituents and properties of coatings used for corrosion control and gain an insight into coating systems
  • understand the requirements for health and safety data sheets, usually referred to as material safety data sheet from the coating manufacturers
  • understand the requirements of conducting both COSHH and Risk Assessments and the obligations of the employer and employees
  • understand why method statements are developed and who should develop them
  • understand how to read and understand the manufacturer’s product data sheet and the importance of using the product within their guidelines
  • understand that coatings must be stored in the correct manner prior to use
  • understand the importance of paint mixing of both one and two part paints and material handling
  • understand the quality control process and procedures to be adopted for spray painting, specifically environmental conditions, wet and dry film thickness
  • gain a thorough understanding of the principals of airless spray painting equipment including parts, maintenance, usage and health and safety
  • identify and use the correct level of personal protective safety equipment (PPE) & respiratory protective equipment (RPE) during paint application
  • use and maintain airless spray equipment in a safe manner
  • gain a thorough understanding of the airless spray unit requirements for pre-preparation, inspection, set-up, testing and shutdown procedures
  • prepare, inspect, set-up, test and shutdown airless spray equipment
  • mix paints using the correct equipment
  • conduct airless spray application to the substrate with various types of paint to a requested dry film thickness
  • gain an understanding of the principles of conventional air spray paint equipment
  • give an overview of plural component spray equipment which is finding increased use in the protective coatings industry

Additional information about this standard

  • ISO 8501-1
  • ISO 8501-2
  • SSPC VIS 1
  • NHSS19A


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