PPG Offers Course to Prep Refinish Preppers

New technicians start on the right foot

It’s well known in the automotive refinish industry that PPG is committed to offering its paint technicians comprehensive training opportunities to ensure that they stay current with their knowledge of PPG products, processes and technological advances. In fact, PPG annually provides training for approximately 15,000 individuals — the largest such program in the industry — covering collision refinish, commercial coatings and custom painting as well as certification in PPG’s numerous popular brands.

PPG recently extended its commitment with a course called Refinish Preparation Specialist. The course answers a critical industry need for skilled assistant technicians. The class is directed at entry-level personnel who 1) have never received any formal PPG training and 2) work alongside body and refinish technicians using PPG products and processes. The course provides beginning technicians with the initial training that can ultimately make them refinish experts.

“This is a class that our customers requested,” explains Gregg Whitmer, PPG zone 3 training manager. “There have been instances in which technicians working in our customers’ refinish operations are not properly trained on how to prepare a vehicle for refinishing. If a car isn’t cleaned or sanded correctly, prep work may have to be redone, and that negatively affects productivity, efficiency, and profitability. This class directly addresses these concerns.”

The “prepper course,” as it’s known, runs two days and is part of the regularly scheduled training curriculum available at each of PPG’s 16 Business Development Centers (BDCs) across North America. The class is appropriate for beginner refinish technicians in small- and high-production collision centers as well as fleet maintenance and repair shops. As a core part of PPG training, this course instructs entry-level automotive and fleet technicians in personal safety, equipment, and fundamental preparation procedures of the repair and refinish process.

Working with PPG instructors, new technicians will develop their skills in substrate cleaning, sanding, masking, and bumper cover and plastic parts preparation. Participants are also taught the importance of keeping a clean and organized shop. Upon satisfactorily completing the class, graduates are certified in EPA 6H Area Source Rule requirements and receive a certificate of achievement.

“This class represents a key component of PPG’s continuous emphasis on making sure our painters have access to the knowledge they need,” said Randy Cremeans, PPG director of training. “By training assistant technicians properly at the beginning of their careers, we can help make certain that they’re on the right path for continued success in the collision repair industry.”

Technicians who have taken the course have been overwhelmingly receptive. A recent class in Columbus, Ohio, led by Jessica Crowley, PPG instructor, yielded an enthusiastic email from Faye Benson of Gerber Collision and Glass in nearby Grove City: Thank you so much for including me in this amazing learning opportunity. I truly had a blast, and everyone was so helpful. I learned a lot and am excited to learn more. Let everyone know how much I appreciate their help and spending the time with me so I could get it right.

There are no prerequisites for class enrollment; however, class size is limited to 10 individuals. Early registration is encouraged. To find out more about the PPG Refinish Preparation Specialist training class and all other PPG classes including dates, locations, and registration instructions, visit ca.ppgrefinish.com or call (800) 647-6050.


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