Applicator Spray Course

PDA Basic Applicator Spray Course

The course identifies the many elements involved in the successful operation and set-up of Polyurea spray equipment and 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. 

PDA Advanced Applicator Spray Course

This in-depth course (combined with the Surface Preparation and Basic Applicator Course) takes those who spray now to the next level, allowing them to be recognized as experts. Learn the ins and outs of gun and equipment troubleshooting, understanding the spec to achieve the best result and much more. PDA Basic (Spray) Applicator Course is a pre-requisite unless granted admission by the instructor.

Dates and Locations
(please click on the date of the course to be directed to that specific registration page)
March 5 - 10, 2017
Diamond Liners facility - Santa Fe Springs, CA

November 5 - 10, 2017
Diamond Liners facility - Sante Fe Springs, CA

Are you interested to see who has taken and passed our Applicator Spray Course? Click here for the list of properly trained contractors.


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.

VERY IMPORTANT: Attendees are responsible for bringing a ½-face organic cartridge respirator. Respirator cartridges can be purchased  here

***Click here for downloadable schedule.

Day One – Sunday

Welcome and Introductions  
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Surface Prep for Concrete and Steel
Day Two – Monday Basic Course
8 – 9:30 a.m.   Unit 1 – Safety
9:30 a.m. – Noon Unit 2 – Equipment
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 3 p.m. Unit 2 – Equipment (continued)
3 – 5 p.m. Unit 3 – Spray Guns
5 p.m. Dismiss for day
Day Three – Tuesday Basic Course
8 – 9:45 a.m. Unit 4 – Chemical Technology
9:45 – 11 a.m. Unit 5 – Plural Component Spray Technology
11 a.m. – Noon Unit 6 – Equipment Troubleshooting
Noon - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5 p.m.   Field Spray Time
5 p.m. Dismiss for day
Day Four – Wednesday Basic Course
8 – 8:45 a.m. Unit 7 – Specifications
8:45 – 10 a.m. Unit 8 – Inspections QC
10 – 11:30 a.m. Unit 9 – Installation Defects
11:30 – 12:30 Basic Course Final Exam
12:30 p.m.   Lunch (dismissal of registrants for Basic Course only)
Day Four – Wednesday Advanced Course
1 – 1:30 p.m. Unit 1 – Safety Overview
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Unit 2 – Equipment Overview
3:30 – 5 p.m. Unit 3 – Spray Gun Review
5 p.m.   Dismiss for day
Day Five – Thursday Advanced Course
8 – 9:30 a.m.  Unit 3 – Spray Gun Review (cont.)
9:30 – 11 a.m. Unit 4 – Chemical Tech Overview
11 a.m. – Noon Unit 5 – Surface Prep Overview
Noon Lunch
1 – 3 p.m. Unit 6 – Specification In-Depth
3 – 5 p.m. Unit 7 – Estimating Overview
5 p.m. Dismiss for day
Day Six – Friday Advanced Course  
8 – 10 a.m. Unit 8 – Installation Defects In-Depth
10 a.m. – Noon Unit 9 – Equipment Troubleshooting
Noon Lunch
1 – 3 p.m. Unit 10 – Inspection In-Depth
3 – 4:30 p.m. Advanced Applicator Course Final Exam
4:30 p.m. Course dismissal


Registration Fees
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)

  Member Non-Member
1 employee $1570.00 $1825.00
2-5 employees of the same company (each): $1250.00 $1750.00
6-10 employees of the same company (each): $1000.00 $1250.00

Your registration fee includes all meetings and educational materials, instructor fees, daily lunches and examination/certificate fees.


  • Application process
  • Substrate preparation
  • When to use primer
  • Applying to a rusted substrate/prep
  • Applications over wood, concrete, metal, fiberglass, foam
  • Waterproofing
  • Aliphatic vs. Aromatic
  • Mechanical Gun vs. Air Purge
  • Trouble shooting application failures
  • Safety
  • Typical cure times
  • Explanation of typical ASTM testing methods

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."

Pat Lauro; Lesco Restorations, Inc.; of Spartanburg, SC said: “It is the best applicator training class that I have attended in the 30 years I've been in the restoration business.”