Master Painters Expand Online Training


Paint professionals interested in advanced training and certification in maintenance repainting have a new online option from the Master Painters Institute (MPI).

The North American standards and training organization has added a Level 2 (Advanced) “Maintenance Repainting” training course to its online curriculum.

Focus on Best Practices

MPI calls the new course "a rigorous study of best practices" for repainting the 25 types of interior and exterior surfaces commonly found with buildings: concrete walls and floors; drywall, stucco, and plaster; steel, galvanized, and other types of metals; concrete block and masonry surfaces; all types of wood construction; and more.

Students will learn:

  • How to write good repaint specs;
  • How to assure success by studying the characteristics of each substrate;
  • How to assess the existing surface and determine which flaws must be rectified before painting;
  • Which paint types and systems are recommended for each substrate;
  • Proper surface preparation practices; and
  • Basic quality assurance practices.

Graduates are MPI-Certified Maintenance Coating Specialists.

MPI Training

MPI online training is designed to educate and certify paint manufacturer personnel, painting contractors, general contractors, architects and specifiers, and facility/property managers and supervisors.


MPI offers a variety of proressive, online beginning and advanced training courses. Graduates receive certification.

The new Level 2 course joins MPI‘s Level 1 “Essentials of Paint and Painting Technology" and Level 2 "Architectural (New Construction) Coating Specialist" courses. Students must pass Level 1 before going on to Level 2.

For more information email Gina Fleitman or call (412) 431-8333.

MPI publishes standards, Approved Products Lists, quality assurance programs, training, and publications for the architectural paint and coatings sector in the United States and Canada. MPI paint standards are used by the U.S. Department of Defense; the U.S. General Services Administration; AIA MasterSpec; the Canadian Government‘s National Master Specification; and thousands of other North American designers and facility managers.

Editor's Note: This article was updated at 11:15 a.m. ET Aug. 20, 2013, to correct and clarify the intended audience of the training module.


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Good Technical Practice; Maintenance coating work; Master Painters Institute (MPI); MPI Green Performance; Online tools; Paint application; Worker training

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