Training & Education


Students work through modules by downloading the coursework material from our study portal. Students also complete online assessments and written tests at the end of modules which are marked by a Coatings Training Institute tutor, who is appointed when studies commence. Total study time per module is approximately 12 hours. All instructions and learning plans are contained at the beginning of the module. Each student is given a personal web page on this site, where they can track their progress. All study material and support are given in English, and we recommend you have a mentor from your employer to support your learning where applicable.

Each student is given a personal dashboard in our study portal, where they can track their progress.

  • SAPMA/ BCF Modules Description
  • Level 2 Module Title & Description  : 
    • General Overview of Coatings
    • Media and Solvents
    • Pigments and their Properties
    • Paint and Ink Manufacture – Rheology
    • Evaluation
    • Surface Preparation
    • Powder Coatings – Overview
    • Powder Coating Application and Cure
    • Paint and Ink Application
  • Level 3 Module Title & Description
    • Types and Manufacture of Pigments
    • Properties of Pigments
    • Media – Thermoplastic Powders
    • Media – Thermosetting Powders
    • Testing – Solvents and Resins
    • The Testing of Pigments
    • Manufacture – Paint
    • Manufacture – Ink
    • Manufacture – Powder Coatings
    • Evaluation of Paints – Physical Properties
    • Evaluation of Paints – Chemical and Environmental Properties
    • Evaluation of Coating Powders
    • The Evaluation of Colour
    • Paint Application – Spraying
    • Paint Application – Non Spraying
    • Ink Application Technology
    • Application Equipment for the Application of Powder Coatings
    • Theory of Application of Powder Coatings
    • Application – Metallic Substrates
    • Application – Non-Metallic Substrates
    • The Curing of Coatings
    • Coatings – Safety, Health and Environmental Aspects

  • Level 4 Module Title & Description
    • Solvents and Additives
    • Media – Introduction and Manufacture of Media
    • Non-Convertible Media
    • Oils, Driers and Oleoresins
    • Convertible Media – Alkyds and Polyesters
    • Acrylics and Aminos
    • Epoxies and Urethane Resins
    • Manufacture – Dispersion
    • Manufacture – Flow
    • Ink Technology and Formulation
  • Level 5 Module Title & Description
    • Pigments Colour and Dispersion
    • Evaluation and Specifications
    • Formulation – Determining Factors
    • System Components – Decorative Applications
    • Formulation Requirements of Industrial Systems – Wood and High Performance
    • Formulation Requirements of Industrial Systems – Automotive and Can Coatings
    • Liquid Coatings, Modifiers and Drying
    • Application and Special Properties
    • Appearance and Properties
    • Urethane and Amino Resins
    • Epoxy, Acrylic and Water Reducible Resins
    • Water Borne Coatings
    • Thermosetting Coating Powders
    • Coating Powders – Manufacture
    • Thin Film Intumescent Coatings for Fire Protection of Steel Structures
    • Advanced Level Formulation Project
  • Sapma/ BCF Training Form
  • A tutor will be assigned to the student once they have registered for the online training. The tutor will be available online and will assist the students to complete the module as well as answering any questions or concerns relating to the training module the student is completing at the time. The training is all online, and assignments as well as some of the assessments will be submitted online. There will still be a handwritten exam required to be completed by the student, this will be arranged with the BCF, the tutor and the student as and when the time arises. For more information please E-mail:;


The retail training will be open to all sapma member retailers, including non-members, subject to terms and conditions. the training modules can be viewed from the sapma website. after each module is viewed, the trainee will be required to complete an online assessment on the lesson, before the trainee can move to the next module, until all ten modules are successfully completed. once the trainee has successfully completed all ten assessments, the trainee will be required to pass an overall assessment of all the modules and will receive a certificate of competence from sapma.

Subject matter of the course covers use of correct painting systems, what materials and tools to be used, plus important health & safety advice;

  • Painting palisade fencing
  • Painting of bathroom tiles

  • Varnishing and sealing of exterior wood
  • Painting of new and previously painted metal roofs
  • Painting new and previously painted gutters and downpipes
  • Painting new and previously painted internal cement plastered walls
  • Painting new and previously painted external cement plastered
  • Painting previously painted concrete roof tiles painting rhino board
  • Painting new and previously painted window frames


SAPMA introduces a new SAPMA, and NCS colour course. This course has been specifically designed to assist all members within the coatings sector to obtain a basic knowledge and understanding of colour as a visual phenomenon. This newly developed online course has been well Received by many of the architects within our sector and now SAPMA along with NCS colour would like to extend the invite for online training to all our SAPMA members.  

A thorough explanation of the natural colour system theory together with a series of exercises will be covered. Colour usage and design in south Africa will also be discussed.  

An internationally Recognized  certificate of completion will be awarded to each student upon completion of the colour training module.

Course overview:

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Contact the SAPITI Head Office for further information and registration application

Telephone :  076 7920048