Featured Businesses: PPG Automotive Refinish

PPG Emphasizes Commitment to Training

One key factor that keeps PPG at the leading edge of the automotive refinish industry is the company’s firm commitment to providing painters and collision repair professionals with training that ensures that they are up to date with their certification and knowledge of PPG products, processes and technological advances. Toward that end, PPG offers comprehensive training classes in collision refinish, commercial coatings and custom painting.

“We are dedicated to making sure PPG’s training stands at the top of the automotive refinish industry,” said Randy Cremeans, PPG, director of training. “We train 16,000 individuals annually — more than any other paint company. Given the extremely competitive nature of the business, it’s essential that our customers be familiar with the latest PPG products and techniques. To accomplish this, we’ve created exclusive centres where we conduct the high-level training to make sure that PPG customers can stay far ahead of their competition.”

PPG training classes are held at the company’s Business Development Centres (BDCs) and field locations across North America and are led by expert PPG instructors. In Canada, PPG operates two such facilities — the Toronto BDC in Mississauga and the Montreal BDC in Saint-Léonard. In Western Canada, PPG instructors use various field locations for training purposes. Canadian technicians also have access to classes held at PPG’s 14 BDCs in the United States.

PPG classes take one to two days and include comprehensive classroom instruction along with hands-on experience in the paint booth. Classes typically cover a range of topics from product selection, equipment and colour tools, to surface preparation and paint application best practices. Technicians are given generous opportunities for informal discussions and Q&A sessions with the instructors.

PPG technicians must be certified every two years to ensure that they are current with evolving paint technology. When PPG technicians and their respective collision centres are certified, the centres may qualify to offer one of PPG’s paint warranty programs. A collision centre offering such a warranty has a valued competitive edge over its competition.

In 2018, PPG is meeting growing demand with an increase in the number of classes it offers. Some courses will be available in French and Spanish. More information about collision refinish and commercial coating training classes, schedules, locations and course descriptions is available at ca.ppgrefinish.com or by calling (800) 647-6050. Custom painting classes are currently not offered in Canada but may available later in the year.

NEXT TIME: A closer look at collision refinish training.