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Architectural Painting Specification

MPI’s Architectural Specification training is the definitive course on new construction painting with a focus on how to assure success and avoid costly do-overs when working on buildings and commercial/institutional structures. Completion of this course is considered a requirement and specified on new build/architectural coatings projects.  

$1,460.00 CAD

Topics Covered:

  • How to review basic paint specifications for new construction
  • Identify common flaws and defects in uncoated substrates
  • Evaluate existing condition of 25 of the most commonly used architectural substrates
  • How to select an appropriate system depending on substrate and exposure environment
  • Best practices for surface preparation
  • Basic quality control techniques

Course Information

Course Format:
Course is online. Exam is online and requires photo ID and Zoom
Please note: All exams are closed book.
90 days to complete exam from date of registration
Exam Format:
Proctored exam, taken online via Zoom
Minimum Passing Grade:
75% or greater to pass.
Certification Received:
MPI Architectural Coating Specialist (ACS)

Students who successfully complete this course will become MPI Architectural Coating Specialist (ACS) and will receive the following award and badge.


Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers & Inspectors

  • Optimize the process of specifying paint products by learning how to select the best system for a given substrate and exposure environment
  • Efficiently manage budgets by understanding how stronger specifications more accurately account for the type and extent of surface preparation required
  • Streamline the paint specification process even further by becoming familiar with MPI’s Architectural Painting Specification Manual (1 year free subscription upon completion of course)

Facility Owners/Managers & Property Managers

  • Effectively communicate the desired results of a project to contractors, architects, designers etc.
  • Understand best practices for coating new materials that are introduced through additions, repair or replacement

General Contractors, Painting Contractors and Builders

  • Expand business opportunities by developing skills that will be used every day in the architectural/commercial painting industry
  • Increase bid accuracy to land more profitable jobs by accounting for the extent and type of surface preparation and priming required
  • Have the ability to successfully utilize industry best practices and develop a reputation for quality
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
  • Rely less on sales reps and store staff for recommendations through a stronger understanding of which systems perform best given the substrate and exposure environment

Sales Representatives & Retail Store Staff

  • Provide faster, more effective and comprehensive service to customers including reviewing basic specifications for new construction, making new product recommendations and dynamic problem solving without relying on the technical department
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
General Considerations

Topics Covered:

  • Review of the coating VOC regulations including mandatory and federal and local rules as well as LEED requirements
  • Mandatory regulations and related agencies
  • Voluntary requirements
  • The proper environmental conditions for painting work to be carried out in, from the start to the completion of the project
  • Exposure environment
  • Environmental conditions during painting operations
  • General rules and good practices in painting operations
  • Surface preparation
  • Paint application
  • Inspection/quality control
  • Industry Standards

Topics Covered:

  • The responsibilities of the relevant parties such as painting contractor, general contractor and the owner during a paint project
  • The responsibilities of all relevant parties during a paint project including the painting contractor, general contractor and owner
  • Description of a paint quality assurance program that uses inspection to provide the final touch to the quality of the architectural paint project
  • Testing equipment and methods of use during the construction of a new build
Each division listed above covers the following information:

Topics Covered:

  • How to evaluate the surface to be coated
  • Remedial action required if the surface is deemed unacceptable for painting
  • Commonly used systems and products
  • Suitability of the systems
  • Proper surface preparation
  • Quality control procedures

Topics Covered:

  • What to expect in an architectural painting specification
  • How to review a short specification
  • MPI short specification guide

Topics Covered:

  • Divisions list
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Metal
  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Stucco
  • Miscellaneous
Case Study

Topics Covered:

  • Real World Architectural Painting Scenario
  • How to review the Specification
  • Completed Specification sample