UPCOMING 2015 SPRAY COURSE DATES:
February 8 - 13, 2015
April 12 - 19, 2015
Specialty Products, Inc. Facility
June 14 - 19, 2015
August 30 - September 4, 2015
Oak Ridge/Coating Holdings, Ltd.
Green Lake, WI
If you would like to host a course at your facility, please contact PDA Headquarters at +1.816.221.0777.
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About the Applicator (Spray) Course: This course identifies the many elements involved in the successful set up and operation of polyurea spray equipment and developed as a hands-on course covering all phases of hot spray polyurea application. It also gives attendees an in-depth analysis of commercially available equipment designs and necessary hardware components to ensure successful operation and spray application of polyureas. “It is the best applicator training class that I have attended in the 30 years I've been in the restoration business,” said course attendee, Pat Lauro; Lesco Restorations, Inc.; of Spartanburg, S.C.
Who should attend? Contractors, Applicators, Polyurea system suppliers and Engineers The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and includes light breakfasts every morning and lunches every afternoon. We limit the class to 25 people so everyone may operate the equipment and participate in the open discussions. You learn from the instructors and from each other.
Basic Course - Member: $1100
Basic Course - Non-Member: $1300
Advanced Course - Member: $750
Advanced Course - Non-Member: $850
Combined Course Attendance (*MUST attend both courses concurrently; inclusive of a 15% discount)
1 employee - Member: $1570.00
1 employee- Non-Member: $1825.00
2-5 employees of the same company (each):
6- 10 employees of the same company (each):
Your registration fee includes all meetings and educational materials, a light breakfast, daily lunches and snack breaks. HOTEL COSTS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION FEE.
Covered in the course
What You Will Learn
*All attendees should bring (at a minimum) a half face dual cartridge respirator, and it should be fitted with organic vapor cartridges with P99 particulate filters. Attendees will also be responsible for bringing Tyvek coveralls, shoe covers and head cover "Spray Sock." Should attendees need to purchase a resporator, please visit the host facility's Website or click here.
**Each person attending the Basic Applicator Spray Course should be approved and fit tested for the respirator that they bring. For ones wearing a negative pressure respirator, they should also be clean shaven as not to restrict the sealing of the respirator and conform to all OSHA regulations.
*ATTIRE - For your safety, please wear long pants and long sleeve shirts and closed toes shoes on days when spraying polyurea. It is suggested to wear clothing that can be ruined. Each attendee should make sure to bring their own Tyvek coveralls, shoe covers as well as head cover "Spray Sock" as noted above.
** Want to host a PDA Basic Applicator (Spray) Course at your facility?? Click here for the facility qualifications!
History of the PDA Basic Applicator (Spray) Course
During the planning stages of the course's curriculum and associated materials, the developers decided that the industry lacked a source of complete instruction that went beyond simple equipment training. The result was this new course that provides answers to questions and issues encountered in the field, according to Rob Loomis, group leader of Willamette Valley Co. and former chairman of the PDA Education Committee, who played a role in the design of the class. "Many industry companies have training programs that may or may not be sufficient for their employees' needs," he said. "This class helps relieve that burden, ensuring that attendees receive a complete education in all areas of polyurea spray application."
John Becker, president of Creative Material Technologies, Ltd., and class participant, agreed that the topics covered went beyond any training class he's attended. "I've written training courses for my company, so I had a unique perspective," he said. "What works in the lab, or was designed to, may not work in the field. PDA's class bridges the gaps. The experience was invaluable. I would highly recommend it to a novice or an expert, not only for the level of experience of the instructors, but because the class brought together professionals from different parts of the industry and that interaction was profitable for the overall learning experience."
Don Dancey, President, Innovative Painting and Waterproofing, Inc. said, "Innovative has sent over a dozen employees for training since its inception. This has proven to be a valuable foundation tool allowing our expanding staff to blend in with existing crews seamlessly. If you’re a contractor and haven't had any training yet, you will never be able to understand its value."
David DeStefano, DF Solutions of America, said: "I researched many of the different applicator courses with regards to Polyurea & Spray equipment. None of them were as thoroughly inclusive of the type of information I was seeking. The PDA course covered nearly every aspect from Safety & surface prep to all components of the Equipment & material. The class size was perfect allowing the course to be directed towards each persons specific needs. The class was a mix of individuals with all different backgrounds and locations which made for interesting conversations and discussions. I would totally recommend the course for anyone new to the industry or any veteran of the industry."
Winston Gillies of Ace Dragon Coatings & Foam, Inc., said: "When I went to a Polyurea chemical vendor, they refused to sell me their product unless I had a NACE III coating inspector that they could approve. The vendor finally came up with the idea of me attending both the Basic and the Advanced PDA applicator classes, and that would qualify me to buy their polyurea tank lining. I was very interested in attaining more knowledge and happily agreed to this. You see, I had spent 30 years as an industrial control/instrument technician and not a coater. I learned a long time ago, that you do not do anything important, unless you know how to do it correctly.
"I attended the PDA Basic and Advance Courses, and after successfully completing these two courses, I then felt that I would be successful applying Polyurea.
"To this date my company has applied Polyurea to a ship hull for ice protection (first coating to stand up to the silt filled Ice of Cook Inlet, Alaska. We have a Made In Alaska permit for our Duck Ponds we manufacture, we have repaired storage tank secondary containments, repaired 13 leaking metal roofs, some of them on oil field truck roofs. And yes, in my company’s fourth year we coated with Polyurea a Crude storage tank and this year that same customer has called wanting us to coat the second tank with Polyurea."
PDA has continued offering this innovative new class around the country. "This is a significant advancement for PDA and our industry," said Dudley Primeaux, owner of Primeaux Associates, LLC, and former course instructor. "This class is the first of its kind to cover spray-applied polyureas so completely."