MPI / MPI Training / MPI Essentials of Paint and Painting Technology

Essentials of Paint and Painting Technology

MPI's Essentials of Paint and Painting Technology training course teaches the essential principles and practices of commercial/architectural paints and coatings with a focus on professionals that are directly involved in any aspect of commercial/architectural painting projects. This course is considered the industry minimum standard for all coatings professionals and is specified as a minimum requirement on coatings projects.  

$539.00 CAD

Topics Covered:

  • Paint technology and types
  • Concepts of color
  • Paint application
  • Best safety practices
  • Basics of specifications and standards
  • Environmental regulations and compliance


  • none

Course Information

Course Format:
Course and Exam are online.
Please note: All exams are closed book.
90 days to complete exam from date of registration
Exam Format:
Multiple Choice, Timed exam
Minimum Passing Grade:
75% or greater to pass.
Certification Received:
MPI Architectural Coating Technologist (ACT)

Students who successfully complete this course will become MPI “Architectural Coating Technologists” (ACT) and will receive the following award and badge.


Architects, Specifiers, Interior Designers & Inspectors

  • Save time in the specification process by learning the essentials of paint types and technology
  • Learn how aesthetic design decisions impact performance qualities of paint
  • Effectively plan projects by understanding how different exposure environments affect not only the finished product but the entire lifecycle of the project
  • Gain a competitive edge and build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through 3rd-party accreditation
  • Effectively communicate desired results of the project to painting contractors

Facility Owners/Managers & Property Managers

  • Gain a strong understanding of how different exposure environments affect not only the finished product but the entire lifecycle of the project
  • Effectively communicate the desired results of a project to contractors, architects, designers
  • Gain insight into the specification process
  • General Contractors, Painting Contractors and Builders
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
  • Bring new employees up to speed or provide a refresher course to fill in gaps of knowledge for those that are more experienced
  • Rely less on sales reps and store staff for recommendations through a stronger understanding of how different components of paint produce different qualities

Sales Representatives & Retail Store Staff

  • Provide faster, more effective and comprehensive service to customers
  • Make stronger product recommendations with knowledge of best application practices depending on environmental conditions
  • Build a sense of immediate trust and quality with customers through verified 3rd-party accreditation
  • Compliment brand specific product knowledge with the essentials of paint types and technology
  • Learn the essentials of the most commonly sold items in a paint store including: brushes, rollers, spray equipment and ladders

Paint Coating Technology

  • The definition of paint and its main components.
  • Paint binder types and resins.
  • Pigments, including white, color, metallic, extender and functional.
  • Solvents.
  • Additives, including Surfactants, driers and catalysts, rheology modifiers, and more.

Paint Standards

  • Discussion of the MPI standards including: gloss levels, green performance, product standards, MPI repaint surface preparation standards, etc.
  • Brief overview of the SSPC/NACE/AMPP surface preparation standards.

Paint Specification

  • What is a painting specification and its purpose.
  • What are the sections of a specification and where to find the info you may need.
  • Four types of MPI Guide Specifications and how to use them.

Paint Application

  • Brushes – types of brushes and the methods/techniques used.
  • Rollers – types of rollers, general methods/techniques and additional equipment used.
  • Spray equipment – 4 basic types of spray equipment, general methods/techniques used, and the advantages/ disadvantages for each type.

Paint Safety

  • Product safety and SDS (Safety Data Sheet)
  • Best practices for safe use of different types of access equipment and ladders.
  • Personal protection including: head, ear, eye, body, hands, feet and respiratory.
  • Best practices for storage, handling and transport of paint.
  • Lead-based paint and the roles and responsibilities involved in its removal.
  • Potential safety hazards including fire and electrical.

Paint Color

  • General information about the source of color and how color is seen by the human eye.
  • Color Theory:
    • The primary color system, etc.
    • Dimensions of color.
    • Systems developed to identify and measure color.
  • How paint and coatings get their color
    • Pigments
    • Tints
  • Description of the difference between gloss and light reflectance.
  • Psychology of color and how it affects humans.

Paint Types & Manufacture

  • Descriptions of the most common types of paint found on the market, focusing heavily on products for architectural applications.
  • Discussion on how paint is actually made.
  • How and why coatings are made in “batches,” what’s on batch cards, and the importance of batch numbers.
  • Equipment used to mix and produce paint.
  • Quality control tests and procedures used throughout the paint manufacturing process: why they’re necessary and how they’re done.

Paint and the Environment

  • Terms related to the “Green” or environmental movement.
  • The agencies involved with the green movement including current VOC regulations.
  • LEED and its requirements regarding paint.
  • Other issues relevant to paint and the environment, including recycled paints; the benefits of using lighter colors; and the importance of performance and durability to determine what is truly an environmentally-friendly coating.